Benjamin Houston, pastor at Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia and son of its founders Brian and Bobbie Houston, has announced that the first gathering for the new church plant in Los Angeles he is leading with his wife will take place at the end of January.
"We are going to be having our first HILLSONG LA GATHERING in just a few weeks time on Monday January 27th," Houston announced in an email sent to followers on Friday. "We are just finalizing some of the details but will update you ASAP (through) email and social media. It would be a great opportunity to meet you and for you to meet others who could potentially make up our church."
Houston, in his early 30s, also shared that he, his wife, Lucille and their three children have "literally just moved out of our house," as shown in a photo the Hillsong LA pastor published on Instagram. The Houstons fly to Los Angeles on Jan. 6, but will have to return to Sydney in February for an extended time due to visa issues and scheduled events, he explained. more >>
A Virginia megachurch situated near the District of Columbia will be holding its annual youth-centered New Year's Eve party to raise funds for charity tonight, with over 1,000 teens expected to attend.
The multi-campus congregation of McLean Bible Church will host the "New Year's Aid 2014" party Tuesday evening as the calendar year draws to a close. Billing itself as the "largest under-age party in the D.C. area for 6th-12th grade students," New Year's Aid will have several activities and entertainment for guests at the Vienna campus of McLean Bible.
Scheduled attractions will include illusionists Sean Amory and Brock Gill, Christian rapper Humble Tip, and activities like laser tag, crafts, Bingo, Karaoke, and dodge ball. more >>
A year of heartbreaking personal tragedies suffered by Christian leaders appeared all too often as the main news at The Christian Post and the Church & Ministry section in 2013. In early April, Southern California-based megachurch pastor Rick Warren, and his wife, Kay, lost their son, Matthew, to suicide. Warren grieved quite publicly by journaling through social media, and he and his wife helped bring the issue of mental health to the forefront of the Christian community.
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The city of Bogota, Colombia, is preparing to host over 1 million Christians who will gather Friday night for a year-end revival celebration organized by Centro Mundial de Avivamiento, or Worldwide Revival Center, the largest evangelical church in Latin America.
"Revival at the Park" is considered to be the largest event in the entire South American continent and will take place under the theme "We Are Going for More," which will culminate the end of the year with attendees engaging in a time of thanksgiving and prayer.
"It's a time to thank God for the year that is about to end, and to put in His hands the one that is about to begin," said Juliana Guzman, spokesperson for Worldwide Revival Center, to The Christian Post. more >>
Texas megachurch pastor and author Joel Osteen suggested that Christians may be overreacting to the "war on Christmas" while speaking with "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace.
Osteen, who also discussed his new book, Breaking Out, admitted that although the holiday may not be celebrated the way it was 50 years ago, it was not something he was overly concerned about.
"I think there is always things coming against faith, and I don't think that's going to stop people of faith," Osteen, who pastors the 45,000-strong Lakewood Church, said. "I do think the society is changing. It's not like it was when I was growing up. So in one sense maybe there is, but those kind of things it doesn't stop my faith, it doesn't discourage me. Even the Scripture says it's going to get darker in the world, but it'll get brighter for the church or for believers. So it's just another way to let our life shine brightly." more >>
Summit Church in Orlando, Fla., whose founder and former pastor Isaac Hunter died in an apparent suicide earlier this month, recently sold a $1.5 million property next to its main church facilities, local media reported.
The church, east of downtown Orlando, sold a retail center, one of the two properties it acquired in distress sales in 2012, according to Orlando Sentinel.
The retail center, which includes about 11,723 square feet on 1.4 acres, was 100 percent leased at the time of the sale, the newspaper quoted Jeff Porter, facilities director of Summit, as saying. more >>