An Oklahoma pastor and leader of a Christ-centered recovery group exclusively for pastors and their spouses is shocked at the lack of pastoral response to the apparent suicide death of a church leader in Texas less than two weeks ago.
After recently hearing about the death of Pastor Kim Hall, who served at Hunters Glen Baptist Church in Plano for 20 years, Pastor Hess Hester of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Tulsa said he felt led to address the problem some pastors may have in sharing personal issues.
Hall was found dead in a hotel room in the early morning of Oct. 22. Plano police, who discovered the body, said they believe he died of a self-inflicted gunshot, according to news reports. more >>
As editor and online facilitator of a website that includes a global community of 80,000 pastors and church leaders registered with the site, Pastor Brandon Cox has read his share of criticisms of today’s Christian Church.
And he’s tired of it.
Two years ago, Cox was recruited by Pastor Rick Warren’s team at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., to help with its already well-developed global online community of pastors. His mission: take the church’s website which is dedicated to equip pastors, Pastors.com, to the next level. more >>
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Pastor and bestselling author Rick Warren will be joined by three renowned doctors, including cardio surgeon and TV show host Dr. Mehmet Oz, for a health conference and rally to be webcast live from Saddleback Church Saturday morning.
The conference marks the nine-month mark for Saddleback’s Daniel Plan, which is a churchwide campaign that includes a curriculum for small groups and an interactive website with healthy menus, exercise tips, and inspirational stories.
The year-long plan was launched by Warren in an effort to help his congregation and those outside the church learn healthy principles while honoring God with their physical bodies. more >>
A Las Vegas pastor has come out in defense of Rob Bell's decision to leave the church he founded in order to focus on other works such as books and speaking engagements.
"I know Rob Bell. I don't know everything Rob is doing next, but I don't think Rob is any less of a leader, speaker, father or pastor by stepping away from Mars Hill," said Craig Gross, pastor and founder of XXXchurch.com, in a recent blog post.
"I am bothered when I read online about whether that was right for Rob to leave." more >>
When Mars Hill Bible Church pastor Rob Bell released Love Wins in March of this year, many leaders in the evangelical community criticized his work as heretical and universalist, and some even predicted, such as John Piper, that Bell's church career would be adversely affected.
When a promotional video emerged in February for Bell's Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, respected evangelical leader John Piper tweeted on Feb. 26, "Farewell Rob Bell."
As news emerged late Thursday that Bell would be leaving Mars Hill, the church he founded in 1999 in Grandville, Michigan, Piper took to his Twitter account to comment. more >>
LAKE FOREST, Calif. – Grief coming as the result of devastating tragedies such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States is not something anyone can simply process alone, said Orange County megachurch pastor Rick Warren during special weekend services.
The five "Hope & Freedom" services at Saddleback Church led by Warren paid tribute to the families who lost loved ones on 9/11 and the wars that followed. Also, given tribute were the U.S. military members serving in Iraq or Afghanistan in the last 10 years, and the first responders at the scene of the 9/11 attacks.
Warren told the more than 3,000 people at each service at the church's main campus and those watching the webcast at Saddleback.com that there were lessons to be learned from tragedy. more >>