IRVINE, Calif., – Popular author and speaker Francis Chan admitted before 3,500 Christian leaders attending the Catalyst West conference this week that he would do better not caring what people thought about what he would say during his time on stage, and solely rely on God to guide his speech.
"The [Catalyst] leadership has given me the topic 'Obedience Birthed by Proper Identity.' It would be just like God to give me the topic that I've struggled with my whole life," said Chan during the evening session of the first day of the event on Thursday. "I've struggled with insecurity. I still do. It's a fight. This is perfect timing, it's exactly what God has been teaching me in the last week."
Chan, who is the author of Crazy Love, Forgotten God, and Erasing Hell, is working on a church planting movement in the inner city of San Francisco, and has recently launched a nationwide discipleship movement along with Pastor David Platt called "Multiply." The highly expressive Chan is one of several speakers at Catalyst West, part of year-round Catalyst events throughout the country designed to be an immersive learning, worship and creative experience where prominent leaders share their knowledge and challenge participants to become better leaders. more >>
These women were Methodist, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, and some of them founded their own denominations. They also gave America some of her oldest and most influential ministries, organizations and educational institutions. Yet, their names and contributions to U.S. Christianity are overshadowed by the names and legacies of their male counterparts.
For theologian Priscilla Pope-Levison, the 24 women evangelists featured in her new book, Building the Old Time Religion, are the "unsung heroines" of the Christian faith in America.
Pope-Levison, professor of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, has been fascinated with the history of Christian women for decades. The theologian, author and ordained United Methodist minister shares her discoveries unearthed over the last 20 years through painstaking research in Building the Old Time Religion: Women Evangelists in the Progressive Era (NYU Press). more >>
A town in New York that is awaiting a decision from the United States Supreme Court on the constitutionality of prayers held during its town meetings continues to observe the practice.
Town of Greece, a community whose prayer policy for meetings sparked a major church-state lawsuit, opened their latest monthly meeting with a prayer.
"Leaders of this town of 96,000 outside Rochester say they have no plans to shake up the longtime routine unless, of course, the U.S. Supreme Court orders them to," reported The Associated Press. more >>
A Florida pastor has promised his congregation that if Easter Sunday breaks attendance records at his church, he will tattoo First Presbyterian's logo onto his leg.
Leon Bloder, the lead pastor at the Eustis congregation, explained in a press release that he was also offering an incentive to members of his congregation who might be less motivated by his tattoo offer.
"I've been growing my hair and beard out for a while and when I announced that, in addition to the tattoo, I would be getting a haircut if we broke the record, a cheer went up from our more traditional members," Bloder stated. more >>
The Richmond Outreach Center announced that a youth pastor from Atlanta will lead the Virginia megachurch after nearly a year-long, nationwide search.
Joe Donahue will replace Geronimo Aguilar, the ROC's former senior pastor who was arrested in May 2013 on sexual abuse charges. Prior to his new assignment, Donahue was serving as teaching pastor at First Redeemer Church for the past six years.
"Pastor Joe has a heart to lead, strengthen, and equip the church through solid biblical teaching, authenticity, transparency, and his love for Jesus," according to a statement on the church's website. more >>
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – A historic, first-time gathering of leaders from both the evangelical and Catholic communities met on Friday to discuss the importance of churches working together to address critical mental health issues.
An overflow crowd of more than 3,300 people at Saddleback Church and an online audience for the live webcast witnessed the all-day unifying event, co-hosted by Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church, the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Orange County.
"To be able to call together the larger faith community is bittersweet, as we had hoped to share this moment with our son, talking about concern for people with mental illness," Kay Warren told reporters. "We do this in honor and memory of our son and others lost to mental illness, realizing there is hope for others dealing with this condition." more >>