Authors of the recently released Next: Pastoral Succession That Works say the book was written after discovering that Christian leaders and churches are often looking for resources to help them with the process of finding a successor for the lead pastor, and that most pastors do not have a plan in place.
"The culture has recently shifted. Pastors are both willing to think about their own succession and also are looking for resources to help them, their families, and their boards to wisely handle their preparation," Warren Bird, research director for the Leadership Network, told The Christian Post.
"We tried to balance the book with a brief biblical foundation that affirms ways good leaders plan ahead, with numerous real-life specific stories, and with solid research." more >>
An Arkansas church gathered Tuesday night to pray for their pastor's safety as he travels to West Africa despite concerns about the spread of Ebola in the continent.
Cloverdale Assembly of God Church pastor, John Martin, and his wife, Tammie, left the comforts of Crossett, Arkansas, Sunday to embark on a mission trip to Senegal and then Gambia. The couple will be volunteering in a local church there.
Church members are rallying together in support of the Martins despite local concerns that their return may bring the fatal virus that has killed 4,500 people across Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea to their town. more >>
Ex-Colombo Crime family captain and Christian motivational speaker Michael Franzese recently spoke with CP Voice regarding his new autobiographical film "God the Father," and the possibility of preaching the Gospel to mobsters he had worked with.
"God the Father" represents a play on words from the American mafia classic "The Godfather." During the film, Franzese tells his life story growing up in the mob which eventually lead to a top position in the organization's Colombo family. It also discusses the turning point in his life when he accepted Jesus Christ and turned away from his old ways.
During the CP Voice segment, Franzese talked about what it was like when he made that decision to commit his life to Jesus, and if he ever tried to witness to other mob members more >>
A 30-year-old missionary thinks big when he does evangelism – so big that it can sometimes require 2,000 missionaries and tens of thousands of people hearing the Gospel at a time.
Dominic Russo of Missions.Me made history last year in Central America when he took 2,000 missionaries to Honduras for a week to preach the Gospel, provide medical aid and create sustainable change in every state of the country.
"July 20, 2013 was the first day of the new Honduras. The entire time, our goal wasn't to move people to a moment where they pray a prayer but it was to make that moment the foundation and beginning of a new country," Russo told The Christian Post. more >>
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Tuesday that it's aiding Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in its treatment and care for 26-year-old ICU nurse Nina Pham of Dallas, who's the first person to contract the deadly Ebola virus in the United States.
Pham, who thanked people for their prayers in a statement released by the hospital, has received a blood transfusion from Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, who has also donated blood to NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo.
Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the CDC, said during a Tuesday news conference that nurses from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta are part of a response team that, during the past 48 hours, has been helping the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian who are caring for Pham. more >>
Inspired by the concept of "flash mobs," an organization based in Buffalo, New York, has opted to perform "Mass Mobs" wherein large numbers of people agree to meet at a given local Catholic congregation.
Whereas a "flash mob" will do various performances or things in a random public space and then disperse, this group will surprise a given church to attend mass at their facility.