Former evangelical megachurch leader Ulf Ekman, who in March announced to his congregation at Word of Life in Sweden that he was leaving the Protestant ministry to join the Roman Catholic Church, recognized in a new article that the decision had caused an "uproar" among the faithful.
"It caused more than just a stir when I told the congregation of the Evangelical megachurch that I served as pastor since I founded it 30 years ago that my wife and I intended to become Catholics," Ekman begins in a lengthy article published online by The Catholic Herald on Wednesday.
"It caused a real uproar in my country of Sweden, which remains overwhelmingly Protestant. The period from that day, March 9, until May 21, when we were received into the Catholic Church, was marked by contention and debate. I have binders full of articles, comments and reactions that appeared in the traditional media and on the internet." more >>
Young Guns, a segment that featured three pastors on stage at the same time preaching one sermon was one of the standout parts of this year's "Misfit the Conference," a youth and young adults event which took place in New York City last week.
Pastor Chris Durso of Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, New York, was joined by Pastor Rick Wilkerson Jr. of Trinity Church in Miami, Florida and Pastor Chad Veach of City Church in Seattle, Washington for a collaborative sermon where they discussed the dreams of Joseph described in the book of Genesis.
The three pastors sat around a table and took turns addressing the crowd. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, and author of The Purpose Driven Life, announced plans earlier this week at a press conference in Kigali, Rwanda, to host an unprecedented gathering of pastors and church leaders from all 54 African nations in conjunction with a national day of Thanksgiving next year.
The All Africa Purpose Driven Church Congress, which is planned for August 6-10, 2015, will be held during Rwanda Shima Imana, a relatively new celebration in Rwanda, a "Day of Thanksgiving" to celebrate reconciliation and gratitude on the anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.
The conference will be the first of five annual continent-wide conferences to take place by 2020, with the second planned to be held in Latin America in 2016, organizers said. more >>
Florida Young Adult Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. preached at this year's Misfit the Conference which took place in New York City's Salvation Army Centennial Memorial Theater last week.
The teacher's sermon titled "Your Package is in Transit" focused on God's ability to develop believers through storms and tribulation and how they are called to be obedient regardless of the circumstance. He illustrated the point by using the story from the Gospels where Jesus walks on water during the storm. His disciples see him from afar and fear him because they think he's a ghost.
To Wilkerson Jr., the disciples' perspective on the situation shifted their focus away from God. more >>
A youth ministry in New York City is changing the way the Gospel reaches unchurched young adults under the direction of Pastor Chris Durso, who embraces creativity as a big part of his ministry's success.
Durso and his wife Yahris lead Misfit NYC, part of Christ Tabernacle Church, where young individuals take the initiative to reach others by using their talents in the arts every Friday night. Their purpose is to demonstrate how God can be seen as freedom and not as religion or law.
"If I'm going to be different, I know there's going to be opposition and people who are against it but I'm all about stepping out and trying anything new," Durso said during an interview with pastor Paula White. "What I've learned is that I'm not called to color outside the lines but I'm supposed to color the way God wants me to color within His parameters and that's the best way to use our creativity." more >>
The annual Misfit the Conference event kicked off in the Salvation Army Centennial Memorial Theater in New York City last Thursday, and featured prominent Christian pastors and artists from all over the world.
The sold-out 3-day conference, coordinated by Pastor Chris Durso of Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, NY, included sermons from Hillsong NYC's Carl Lentz, Chris's mother Pastor Maria Durso, Erwin Mcmanus, Chris Hill, Chad Veach, Durso himself, and Rich Wilkerson Jr., the Florida minster who recently made headlines for marrying rapper Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
The event, which appeals to youth and young adults by using hip-hop artists such as Andy Mineo, and worship bands like Hillsong Young and Free, also pushes the envelope by playing instrumentals from secular songs to engage the crowd. more >>