NEW YORK — Renowned international evangelist Luis Palau served up jokes ribbing gospel singer Kirk Franklin for his high energy performances and the contemporary fashion choices of young preachers in a lighthearted moment during the closing ceremony of the Movement Day Global Cities Christian conference in New York City on Thursday.
Palau, whose appearance followed a spirited celebration by a team of singers and musicians at the event held at the Jacob Javits Center, noted how worship styles have evolved over the years and said he came to embrace the evolution several years ago and had to defend the move.
"About 16 years ago instead of doing crusades we began to call it festivals and we began to bring some of this noisy music, you know. I was used to the ones St. Paul would sing like 'Amazing Grace' and things like that. And here comes these guys with drums and lights and smoke," Palau said to laughter. more >>
NEW YORK — A Chinese pastor who suffered much persecution for spreading Christianity in the officially atheist country, sent the faith of a global gathering of Christians soaring Wednesday when he testified how his entire atheist family turned to God after he was healed of an illness that had left him crippled in his youth through prayers to Jesus.
Zhang Heng, associate director of China Gospel Mission and senior pastor at Zaidao Church in Beijing China, told several hundred people at the Movement Day Global Cities conference at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City Wednesday that the healing which triggered his journey into Christianity also led to the creation of many churches in China.
Speaking through a translator, Abraham Jiang, ministry leader with Shanghai Logos Church in Shanghai, in an interview with Ebony Small, director Movement Day and Events, The New York Leadership Center, Heng explained how as a youth he suffered from an unspecified medical condition that left him paralyzed until 1979. more >>
Christian conservatives, or the "Religious Right," have become the very people they so ardently warned against, according to the president of the public policy wing of the Southern Baptist Convention.
In front of a crowd of around 400 guests at the Union League Club on 37th street in New York City Monday, First Things held their annual Erasmus Lecture, and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore gave a lecture addressing the question: "Can The Religious Right Be Saved?"
Moore's answer was both yes and no. Some things are worth preserving, while other vestiges cannot die quickly enough. more >>
A leading Christian periodical has published its annual list of the 100 fastest growing and 100 largest participating churches in the United States and unpacks some of the particular challenges churches encounter today.
Each October, Outreach magazine, in collaboration with LifeWay Research, releases it comprehensive report outlining the growth and size of thousands of Christian congregations across the nation.
"Nationally, 1 in 4 unchurched adults has never regularly attended a Christian church," the report explains. Roman Archer, executive pastor at Next Level Church in New England in Somersworth, New Hampshire, (ranked No. 20 on the fastest-growing list), is quoted saying that the unchurched simply are "not attracted to the idea of church" and suggests that "we've got to go in and relationally build trust and show them we're here to give back." more >>
DULUTH, Georgia — If your ministry has never been called a cult, "you probably are not doing squat" in the Kingdom, said Pastor Craig Groeschel on Thursday, decrying how Christians too often take shots at each other.
Speaking before thousands at the Catalyst Atlanta conference at the Infinite Energy Arena, the pastor of Life Church in Oklahoma, which now has 25 campuses, recounted a time when a guy eager to evangelize knocked on his front door, began sharing his faith, and invited him to come to his church.
Amused by his enthusiasm, Groeschel let him go on for several minutes before telling him that he was not only a follower of Jesus but a part of Life Church. The evangelist recoiled and then looked around nervously, not knowing Groeschel was the pastor, leaned in and said: "My pastor says your pastor doesn't preach the truth." more >>
DULUTH, Georgia — Former NFL player and lead pastor of Transformation Church in South Carolina, Derwin Gray, provided Christian leaders from across the country with seven tips for how to build and maintain ethnically diverse congregations.
Gray, who played for the Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers during the '90s, founded one of the most successful multi-ethnic church plants in the nation and is the author of the 2015 book, The High Definition Leader: Building Multiethnic Churches in a Multiethnic World, spoke at the three-day Catalyst Atlanta 2016 conference Wednesday afternoon.
As the conference's theme for this year is unity through "uncommon fellowship," many church leaders came to the conference looking for answers on how they can diversify their churches and take concrete steps to tackle the widely perceived notion that Sunday morning services are the most segregated hour in America. more >>