In order to last in ministry, church planters need to adhere by certain guidelines that change the mold of how they build their church structure, said Pastor Rick Warren during the Exponential West conference this past week.
Warren addressed conference goers to utilize his experience as a leader in ministry of over 40 years. He told church planters that about half of them were not going to make it, according to statistics, unless they started doing something radical.
"You must be very careful how you build. Some build with gold, silver, precious stones even wood, hay and straw but the day will come when fire will reveal the quality of your work and if what you build survives, you will receive a reward," Warren said on Thursday of the three-day conference. more >>
The founder of Sydney-based Hillsong Church, Brian Houston, in response to Australia's royal commission probe into "institutional responses to child sexual abuse" this week, strongly denied allegations that he tried to cover-up his involvement in a $10,000 compensation payment made to a man sexually abused as a child by his father, Frank Houston.
The abuse occurred 30 years ago, crimes which Houston admitted were perpetrated by his father, Frank Houston, when he was a high-profile Pentecostal preacher and the younger Houston was a teen.
The royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse is investigating the way Australian Christian Churches, formerly the Assemblies of God, is probing abuse by Frank Houston and two other men. Houston's father, who died in 2004, admitted to molesting the man, anonymously known as AHA, in Sydney in the late '60s and early '70s. more >>
Australian megachurch Hillsong will draw thousands to New York City's Madison Square Garden next week for its annual conference tour organized under the banner of "No Other Name."
The "No Other Name" theme, which is also the title of Hillsong Worship's latest album, takes into account what the megachurch considers its "collective mandate, calling and great honor." That mandate, attributed to "His Church on earth" and based on Acts 4:12 in the Bible, is to declare everywhere: "There is NO OTHER NAME whereby men and women find their salvation, sense of purpose and eternal homecoming."
The popular ministry, led by Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston, will return to New York City for the second time since its premiere U.S. conference in 2013, when reportedly nearly 7,000 came together for the two-day meeting. more >>
Christians of different denominations and backgrounds frequently take to social media to debate over theology and criticize pastors and leaders they do not agree with.
Pastor Chris Durso of Christ Tabernacle Church of Queens, New York, blasted the practice during a previous interview with The Christian Post while discussing some of the criticism he has received over the Internet about the way he does ministry.
"I get tons of mean tweets and Instagram posts, and the thing that kills me the most is that none of that is biblical, and none of that is responding or acting in love like the Bible tells us to do," Durso told CP. "The irony of somebody ridiculing me with such anger and disrespect blows my mind." more >>
Christian pastor Rotimi Obajimi has escaped from terror group Boko Haram in Nigeria after nearly 10 months in captivity and has been brought back to his church, reports said.
"We were so amazed to see him because we have been praying earnestly for a long time trusting Jesus that He would surely come back, but lo and behold he was brought to our headquarters in Maiduguri by the military," a pastor at Redeem Church in Maiduguri told SaharaReporters.
Obajimi, who led the church in the rural area of Borno/Yobe province, was kidnapped by Islamic militants on Jan. 6. He was then taken to Sambisa Forest, where he was tied down for months, before being moved to an unknown destination and brought back to Sambisa once again. more >>
Pastor Craig Groeschel discussed the importance of moving from a self-reliant style of leadership to one of being empowered by the Holy Spirit during the Exponential West conference at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, on Wednesday.
Groeschel's message focused on his experience as pastor of Life Church, a multi-campus congregation in Oklahoma, and the trials he had to endure before realizing that the Holy Spirit needed to work in his life before he could lead a church.
"Church planters have a choice to be self reliant or spirit empowered ... Sometimes we try to lead out of our own ability but we forget about the power, the presence and the voice of God," Groeschel said. more >>