Dare 2 Share Ministries is bringing their touring youth conference to Washington, D.C. this week where thousands of teenagers are expected to converge for messages and breakout sessions based on the life of Daniel.
"Dare 2 Share conferences train and equip teenagers to make disciples who make disciples," Emma Schenkel, marketing associate of Dare 2 Share, told The Christian Post. "When students catch a passion for their unbelieving friends and are given the tools to help them share their faith, great things happen in the students, in the church and in the community."
Schenkel said organizers of "Reverse" expect 3,000 students to attend, and although this age group can be the most difficult to engage with the church, Dare 2 Share plans to keep them interested during the two-day event that begins this Friday with relevant content. more >>
An Iowa pastor is speaking out for the first time after his church's former youth leader was sentenced to 15 years for sexual abuse Monday.
James Snow, leader of Heritage Assembly in Des Moines, trusted Ryan McKelvey, 27, as youth pastor of the congregation but now considers him a "monster" that took advantage of two minors within the church.
"I realized that he had deceived all of his life. Twenty-seven years and no one had ever picked up on these issues except for the ones he had hurt," Snow said, according to KCCI 8 News. "Anyone who would do something like this to a child is a monster and they're not normal." more >>
A 9-year-old girl wanting to show her support for a friend has been suspended from her school in Grand Junction, Colo. The school states that she is breaking the official dress code, while her family and friends are fighting the suspension in order to keep their girl in school.
"It felt like the right thing to do," 9-year-old Kamryn Renfro told KUSA.
She decided to shave her head, with her parents' permission, in support of her friend, 11-year-old Delaney Clements, who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma. Kamryn did not want her friend to be the only one without hair at the school, and shaving her head was the one thing she could do to make sure Delaney fit in. more >>
Christian leaders such as evangelist Franklin Graham and Russell D. Moore, who is president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, expressed outrage that Christian relief organization World Vision announced it would hire employees in same-sex marriages on Monday.
"I was shocked today to hear of World Vision's decision to hire employees in same-sex marriages," Graham, the son of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, said in his statement. "The Bible is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman.
"My dear friend, Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision and Samaritan's Purse, would be heartbroken. He was an evangelist who believed in the inspired Word of God. World Vision maintains that their decision is based on unifying the church – which I find offensive – as if supporting sin and sinful behavior can unite the church. From the Old Testament to the New Testament, the Scriptures consistently teach that marriage is between a man and woman and any other marriage relationship is sin," Graham, who is the president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. more >>
Davion Only, a desperate 16-year-old orphan boy who made international headlines when he begged a congregation in Florida to adopt him last September has still not found a home, despite earlier media reports to the contrary.
"My name is Davion and I've been in foster care since I was born. ... I know God hasn't given up on me. So I'm not giving up either," said the defiantly optimistic teen in a Tampa Bay Times report at the St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in St. Petersburg, Fla.
NEW YORK — Sex, drugs and rock n' roll — or in this case, hip-hop. Those were the topics of a recent discussion that saw actress April L. Hernandez and rappers Andy Mineo and MC Jin join a NYC pastor on a church stage to share how they came to faith in Christ, and maintain their faith as Christian celebrities.
Hernandez, recently interviewed by Breathecast about her new co-hosting gig with bestselling author Eric Metaxas on "100 Huntley Street," said she had a "prophetic" experience under peculiar circumstances while touring to promote her award-winning 2007 film "Freedom Writers." However, she did not become a Christian until much later, after her boyfriend (now her husband) gave his life to Christ.
As for MC Jin, born Jin Au-Yeung, he credited one of his aunts with helping to till his heart as a kid for the eventual work God would do in his life more than a decade later, by signing him up for Vacation Bible School. The rapper, who recently released his Hypocrite EP said, however, the real turning point came after his rising star soon plummeted after he became the first Chinese solo rapper to sign with a major record label (read more about Jin's story: Evolution of Jin: Former Ruff Ryder's Fall to Grace). more >>