LAKE FOREST, Calif. – In a rare move, the 20,000-member Saddleback Church in Orange County is canceling all of its worship services during the second weekend in December in order to help facilitate a huge neighborhood volunteer opportunity.
Best-selling author and pastor Rick Warren is asking members of his congregation to take at least a half day on Saturday or Sunday (Dec. 10, 11) to go “serve in the community and love your neighbor as yourself.”
In its 31-year history, the megachurch has canceled weekend services less than a handful of times, according to Warren. more >>
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Christian author and speaker Dr. Frank Turek, speaking at Saddleback Church as part of its “Apologetics Weekend” series on Sunday, made a case for the truth of the New Testament by saying its authors would not have disclosed embarrassing details about themselves had they been lying about what transpired with Jesus.
Turek, who authored I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist and is a co-leader with other Christian apologetics on the website CrossExamined.org, was one of five speakers during separate sessions at pastor Rick Warren’s megachurch in Orange County this past weekend.
Warren annually hosts the weekend in which experts teach on defending Christianity. more >>
The time for pastors and churches to give lessons on financial stewardship based on biblical principles has never been more critical, say Christian leaders.
Saddleback Church’s Pastor Rick Warren, who has devoted most Sunday sermons this fall on the subject of money as talked about in the Gospel, kicked off his financial series by stressing the severity of the nation’s problem.
“We are now three years into a major recession. There are more people out of work right now than ever in our lifetime. There are more people underneath the poverty line than ever in America. More people are classified as legitimately poor than ever before. There are more people that own a home that is upside down, another words they owe more on it than its worth, than ever before,” he said. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren is now just 40 pounds shy of his weight loss goal. To date, he has lost 50 pounds with Saddleback Church’s 52-week weight loss program, and is now looking to start letting other churches in on the plan.
In a recent video from Saddleback, Warren said starting in 2012 the megachurch will make The Daniel Plan available to other churches looking to implement weight loss programs in their congregations.
Saddleback, inspired by the biblical story of Daniel’s rejection of the king’s food and wine, began The Daniel Plan in January. With the partnership of Saddleback member and brain health expert Dr. Daniel Amen, heart surgeon and TV doctor Dr. Mehmet Oz, and medicine specialist Dr. Mark Hyman, Warren got his congregation moving. more >>
Megachurch pastor and bestselling author Rick Warren spoke at a major adoption organization’s policy summit on Tuesday.
The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute held the policy summit to present findings on “The Way Forward Project,” a year-long effort that coordinated adoption experts from across the world.
“This is one of the first times that Pastor Warren participated in a CCAI event personally,” said CCAI Executive Director Kathleen Strottman to The Christian Post. more >>
In the history of the more than 2,000-year-old Christian Church, megachurches have only been around for about 1 percent of the time, according to one California pastor, yet they continue to grow in numbers and sizes, impacting the rest of the world.
An infographic recently done by the graphic design and statistical research company, Good, attempts to show what the average megachurch looks like. It reveals that 83 percent of the megachurches in the U.S. grew in 2009.
A megachurch is defined by the company as a Protestant congregation with 2,000 or more members. The definition also includes the note that megachurches differ in style, targeting young people with services that are often held in auditoriums and theaters instead of worship halls. more >>