Louie Giglio, who has ministered to over a million U.S. college students at his annual Passion Conference in the past 17 years, recently shared with The Christian Post his definition of leadership, saying that he believes the best "leaders are followers." The Atlanta, Ga., pastor also commented on the 2013 Obama inauguration controversy and taking the global Passion tour to the Middle East for the very first time.
Below is a transcription of CP's interview with Giglio. It has been edited for clarity.
CP: There are so many examples of leadership, especially in the Church, and some might certainly say they aren't all good. What's your definition 'leadership' and how do you personally live that out? more >>
Law enforcement in Akron, Ohio, is on the defensive after receiving criticism for "fake arresting" three local pastors during their Sunday sermons as part of a marketing promotion for an upcoming drama at the city's civic center.
Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry released a statement this week that the arrests made last weekend at three different churches were part of a community outreach effort called "Defending the Faith," where participating pastors are "fake arrested" during their Sunday sermons and escorted out of the church. The "fake arrests" serve as a lead up to the upcoming drama "Defending the Faith," being held at the Akron Civic Center. During the drama, the pastors will undergo a mock trial, during which they must defend their Christian faith. The purpose of the drama is to show pastors and all Christians must constantly work to defend their faith when it is challenged by evil.
"I want to clarify that none of the arrests were real. It was all part of a skit that went along with the pastors' sermons that day," Barry said in his statement. "I knew it was being filmed, but I thought it was only going to be shown to the congregation. Once it got out there on the Web, people were commenting about how disgusting we were to interrupt church services to effect an arrest." more >>
A California congregation once affiliated with Presbyterian Church (USA) has voted to leave the mainline Protestant denomination for missional and administrative differences.
Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, a congregation with an estimated 3,400 members, voted overwhelmingly last Sunday to leave PCUSA.
Passing with a vote of 2,024 members in favor and 158 against, Menlo Park Presbyterian plans to join the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO). more >>
Matthew McConaughey, winner of the Academy's "Best Actor" award, gave homage to God for his victory on Sunday evening, a move that few make in acceptance speeches, according to a graphic by The Associated Press. Voices in Christian media praised his speech, arguing that it took courage.
"First off I want to thank God because that's who I look up to," McConaughey, who won the "Best Actor" award for his portrayal of AIDS patient Ron Woodruff in "Dallas Buyers Club," declared at the Academy Awards on Sunday. McConaughey added that God has "graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand." Before thanking his wife, children, mother, and late father, the actor quoted late British Actor Charlie Laughton – "When you got God, you got a friend and that friend is you."
Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture for the Media Research Center, argued that this speech "breaks the mold of what Hollywood's image of Christians is." According to a graphic by AP, Academy Award winners thank many people, but God is not usually on the top of their list. More frequently, they thank the Academy, their spouse, mother, father, children, and management – in that order. more >>
The new film "Son of God," a Jesus-focused adaptation of last year's miniseries "The Bible," earned $26.5 million in a second place win at the box office this past weekend. Christian reviewers celebrated the success, calling it a "miracle," but warned that it will not suddenly convert Hollywood.
"Son of God brought in 26 million dollars in its first week – that's a miracle!" declared Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture for the Media Research Center. Gainor praised the efforts of Director Roma Downey, but emphasized that even this big success will likely fail to "wake Hollywood up" to the massive opportunity in more faith-centered films.
Chris Stone, founder of online Christian community Faith Driven Consumer, claimed the success of "Son of God" as proof of the viability of entertainment targeted to a faith audience. "We consider it a proof point that Hollywood can make money with a product that appeals to faith-driven consumers," Stone declared. more >>
Louie and Shelley Giglio launched their first Passion Conference in 1997 with 2,000 students and have over the past 17 years, encouraged over one million college-aged students in the U.S. to turn their hearts to Christ and serve Him with their lives.
In addition to heading up the annual Passion Conference, the Giglios lead Passion City Church in Atlanta, Ga., which they founded in 2008. Giglio also launched last year the anti-slavery End It Movement that supports several organizations working on the ground around the world to end human trafficking, bring perpetrators to justice and restore broken lives.
In a wide-reaching interview with The Christian Post, Giglio talks about his latest projects, like his new Passion book, why he wants to hang out in the "university window," and why he finds it hard to believe that Jesus-following Millennials are leaving the church in large numbers, like recent surveys suggest. Instead, Giglio says, "I think a lot of students right now, young people are walking toward Jesus." more >>