Three years ago, my church in Bullard, Texas, was very concerned regarding the spiritual and political direction in which we saw America heading. One Wednesday evening, a handful of our members gathered to pray for America. I remember praying a very simple prayer aloud: “Lord, open to us a door to the nation, that somehow we can make a difference.”
It’s arguably the fastest-growing religious movement in the world. Yet, despite increasing from less than 1 million adherents at the beginning of the 20th century to as many as 614 million today, the story behind the “spectacular rise of global Pentecostalism” has gone largely untold.
Prominent megachurches and hundreds of of other churches around the country will observe Blue Sunday, a day of prayer for abused and neglected children, on April 28.
Doers of the Word (pronounced “DOT-W”) announced they will be providing in-depth training and coaching to church and ministry leaders through a year-long program beginning this May.
Condolences are pouring in for Rick Warren after his 27-year-old son, Matthew, committed suicide over the weekend. Matthew had suffered from mental illness long before taking his own life.
“Dream Center.” What do those two words bring to mind?
For people involved in the church world, those words might inspire visions of “big”—big buildings, cities, churches and budgets—that make a big difference. And for the most part, those thoughts would be accurate.
Christian films continue to sway Hollywood movie executives by providing record-setting sales to smaller budget films thanks in large part to intriguing and moral-based movies such as the new-released Dove Seal approved movie My Lucky Elephant.
Game Show Networks’ highest rated original series, THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE, has been awarded the prestigious Epiphany Prize for Most Inspiring TV Program of 2012 at the 21st Annual Movieguide® Faith & Values Awards recently held at the Universal Hilton Hotel in Universal City, CA. Season 2 of THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE hosted by Jeff Foxworthy will premiere on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on GSN.
My wife, Joyce, and I planted our local church 29 years ago, Jan. 29, 1984, in the Sunset Park section of Brooklyn, N.Y. We were not sent out with any money and had only a handful of people who volunteered to serve with us. The following is based on all the mistakes I have made as a church planter, and the lessons I wish someone had coached me through.
First Baptist Church of Dallas, led by nationally known pastor Robert Jeffress, will complete what is believed to be the largest church building campaign in modern history, opening a new state-of-the-art $130 million campus on Easter Sunday, March 31.
Nashville, TN–Open Doors received the prestigious Milestone Award at the National Religious Broadcasters banquet at the Gaylord Opryland and Convention Center Tuesday night.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have asked the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to weigh in on a church’s lawsuit over a Phoenix suburb’s flawed sign ordinance. On Feb. 8, a three-judge panel ruled 2-1 against Good News Community Church, whose signs are subjected by the town of Gilbert to greater regulation than similar non-commercial signs.
Mobile Apps, Text Messaging Packages Enable Churches to Stay In Touch With Members, Encourage Growth
Client by Design, LLC launches new affordability initiative to give churches and ministries the communication tools and technology needed to better equip members for today’s world. Richard Bailey, President of Client by Design has made it part of the company’s mission to deliver these technologies through its TextMotive (www.textMotive.com) and StormBlazer Apps (www.StormBlazerApps.com) services in an inexpensive manner.
Despite the tough economy, many of the nation’s largest churches are thriving, with increased offerings and plans to hire more staff, a new survey shows.
When Time Magazine labeled Lake Providence, La., “The Poorest Place in America” in an August 1994 edition, Don Boyett unconsciously accepted a challenge. As pastor of Providence Church, Boyett knew the power of words to knock down or build up his congregation and the town he had grown to love.