A Virginia megachurch that was recently hit by scandal surrounding their founding pastor has announced a new interim pastor and new name.
Richmond Outreach Center, a large church located in the Commonwealth's capital, released a statement last Friday announcing a name change and new interim pastor.
"The Board of Directors of the Richmond Outreach Center announced today the church has installed a new transitional pastor and changed the church's name to Celebration Church and Outreach Ministry," the board announced on Facebook. more >>
Tyler Perry, the man who once famously laid hands on Bishop T.D. Jakes in church, will join the megachurch pastor and other evangelical leaders this summer at MegaFest when his new stage play, "Madea on the Run" makes a tour stop in Dallas.
Last month, Jakes added internationally-acclaimed pastor Joyce Meyer and Australian activist Christine Caine to the powerhouse lineup of speakers who are set to hit the stage at MegaFest, which is said to be the nation's largest Christian family festival. Perry, who will appear at the event as his Madea character, is set to bring laughs to the tens of thousands of attendees expected at the three-day festival to be held Aug. 20-22.
"Madea always makes us all laugh while teaching valuable lessons that we remember long afterwards," Bishop T.D. Jakes said. "We are excited to welcome Tyler Perry back to MegaFest. Tyler is a friend and constant supporter of ours. We are happy to extend this platform to his fan base knowing that MegaFest attendees will enjoy this hilarious play." more >>
Christians believe that Jesus Christ is coming back for His church. Pastor Greg Laurie of a California megachurch urged the congregation to take that promise of Jesus seriously, and shared what surrounds this great event and what they should do until then.
"Christ is going to come back. … He is returning to judge His enemies, set up His kingdom and rule over the Earth for a thousand years," Laurie, the pastor of Harvest Church, said, as he began his message on Sunday titled, "Till He Comes."
There are 300 passages in the Bible that deal with the return of Jesus, Laurie said, adding that Jesus also spoke of it at least 21 times. more >>
It was a simple enough request: drop off your drawers. That was the tongue-in-cheek promo a Buckhead, Atlanta, church used to encourage members attending its special "Single Series" to purchase packages of men's briefs to donate to a local shelter. Based on photos shared online, members of the North Point Ministries church, founded by pastor Andy Stanley, went above and beyond with their donations.
"This series, as part of our do.justice initiative, we are partnering with Atlanta Mission to supply them with fresh clean underwear for their clients. On night 2 and night 3 we are asking all of our singles to bring BRAND NEW Men's briefs, size L and up," reads the online instructions for those attending the "Singles Series" at Buckhead Church.
The church explains that the yearly "Singles Series" gatherings, most recently held on May 19 and 26 and on June 2, are a way for unattached adults from all six North Point Ministries campuses to get together for worship and teaching, and of course, to mingle. more >>
In what some critics are calling a leg on his comeback tour, former Mars Hill lead pastor Mark Driscoll, who stepped down from his now dissolved Seattle-based megachurch in October, is expected to deliver a sermon at James River Church near Springfield, Missouri, on Sunday.
James River is an Assemblies of God church that hosts around 9,000 worshippers each Sunday and once attracted 17,000 people in a record breaking Easter Sunday service, according to Komo News.
The church is led by pastors John and Debbie Lindell and is currently hosting a sermon series titled "Power in Weakness," according to their website. It's unclear if Driscoll's appearance will be related to the series. more >>
Former Mars Hill megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll has been making a series of public appearances fueling speculation that he's planning a permanent comeback to the spotlight with a new church plant after his resignation from the Seattle-based church in October, where he was accused of plagiarism, misogyny and emotional abusiveness. Some former church members are warning, however, that he isn't ready to be back in the pulpit.
During an appearance on May 17 at Mill Creek's Gold Creek Community Church in Washington, the church's pastor, Dan Kellog, welcomed Driscoll and made a suggestion that has the former Mars Hill community stirring over what could be their former pastor's future plans.
"I know you're probably not going to stay in the area," said Kellog. "You're going to go somewhere and start a church?" more >>