Grace Church, an 8,000-10,000-member congregation in Noblesville, Ind., has been fielding requests from the media about its recent reversal on the issue of women in leadership. But as a representative for the megachurch told The Christian Post this week, it could be a while before it issues any official statement on why administrators now believe God calls both men and women to lead His Church.
"In order to allow time and space for our people to process [the church's new position], we're not offering comment at this time," Melody Boyer, Grace Church's pastor of communications, told CP on Tuesday.
Despite her reluctance to share too many details about the changes out of sensitivity for members, the pastoral staff's ongoing sermon series and other in-house issues, Boyer did clarify that Grace Church, which has about 100 people on staff, previously barred women specifically from the senior pastor and elder positions, and from preaching at weekend services. more >>
The Christian message of grace and love is planned as the focus of the Liberate 2014 conference led by Tullian Tchividjian, senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida and grandson of Billy Graham.
Organizers say the three-day event, that kicks off today in Fort Lauderdale, promises to be "a spiritually enlightening and engaging event" that will explore God's "one-way love" in Christian life, personal failures, families, the church and pop culture.
"The purpose of the event is to spread and celebrate the message that our relationship with God is based on his one-way, unmerited, unconditional, love for us; his inexhaustible grace for an exhausted world," Rev. Nick Lannon, editor in chief of liberate.org, told The Christian Post. more >>
A memorial service for Arvella Schuller, who along with her husband, the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, was co-founder of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, was held late Tuesday afternoon. Considered the force behind the popular "Hour of Power" television program, Arvella Schuller unexpectedly died last week after a brief illness at the age of 84.
The service was held in the Arboretum at Christ Cathedral (formerly named Crystal Cathedral) in Garden Grove and "well attended," Dorie Mattson, a former director with the ministry for more than 20 years, told The Christian Post.
In a memorial tribute column by Mattson, she writes, "In her lecture entitled, 'Worship: The Inspirational Hour,' Mrs. Schuller spoke passionately on how the purpose of art was found in the priority of praise. This passion, was exemplified through her artistic endeavors on the 'Hour of Power' television ministry, as well as the children's and Glories ministries. more >>
A large Texas congregation will soon vote on whether or not they will leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over theological differences.
First Presbyterian Church of Houston, founded in the 1840s with an estimated 3,000 members, will vote on a measure to terminate its affiliation with the denomination next Sunday.
Jim Birchfield, senior pastor at First Presbyterian, told The Christian Post that if the congregation votes to disaffiliate, it intends to join the new, more conservative Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians. more >>
Is Donny Reagan of Happy Valley Church of Jesus Christ the most racist pastor in the United States?
After viewing a YouTube clip of Reagan railing against interracial marriage and "hybreed" [hybrid] children in a sermon recorded in 2013, the American Jesus blog concluded that if he isn't, he is most certainly in the top 10.
"If he's not the most racist pastor in America, then he's at least got to crack the top 10 list," noted the blog of the Johnson City, Tenn., pastor. more >>
Pastors and Christian leaders throughout the U.S. are jumping on board a campaign to spread the Gospel message via the upcoming film "Son of God" by buying out multiplex cinema screens for the day before its public release on Feb. 28.
"Few movies have been able to take over an entire multiplex – every screen, every seat; only blockbusters like 'Hunger Games.' But now the religious epic 'Son of God' is taking over several multiplexes nationwide on Thursday, February 27, the day before it debuts on 3,000 screens," say the film's promoters.
As of Monday, multiplexes in at least 10 cities nationwide are playing "Son of God" on all of their screens on the evening of Feb. 27. "It's very interesting to see this level of excitement around the movie," stated James Meredith, VP, head of Marketing & Communications for Cinemark. "We've already scheduled a few large-scale theatre buyouts for 'Son of God' in theatres across the country. The interest level for meetings, events, screenings and buyouts seems to be on par with that of major blockbuster, tentpole or franchise movies." more >>