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What Happens When A Megachurch Loses Its Megastar Pastor

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 11.06.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Can a megachurch survive the departure of its megastar pastor? For Seattle’s Mars Hill Church, it’s an open question. Mars Hill announ...

A California Megachurch Pastor Is Raising Funds For The Homeless By Living On The Streets

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.16.2014 | Religion

A California megachurch pastor is putting his faith to work by getting to know the often-forgotten members of his city. The Rev. Rick Cole, of Cap...

Redeemer Church To Launch NYC Seminary

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Redeemer Presbyterian Church, one of the most influential evangelical churches in the country led by author and speaker Tim Keller, has...

This Minister's Son Preached The Prosperity Gospel While Reportedly Running a Megachurch Ponzi Scheme

Vice | Grace Wyler | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion

From the fake revelations of revivalist preacher Peter Popoff, to the 80s excess and false lashes of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, to Greater Ministries ...

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Martin Marty | Posted 11.15.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chica...

Poorer States Have Best Paid Megachurch Pastors

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Large churches in the South tend to pay their senior pastors the highest salaries, a new survey finds. That’s one of the conclusions on chu...

Mark Driscoll Slapped With Abusive Conduct Charges By 21 Former Pastors

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Twenty-one former Mars Hill Church pastors have filed charges against Seattle megachurch founder Mark Driscoll, saying that he has engaged in a ...

Mark Driscoll Needs a Prophet of His Own

Jack Levison | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

Mark Driscoll should take some of his royalties and hire a full-time prophet. Not a friend but an opponent. Not a pushover but a person of incisive intellect. Maybe not even a man but a woman. Someone like Deborah, who exercised enormous power among Israel's early judges. Like Huldah, whose prophecies led to intense reform.

Protestors Demand Megapastor's Resignation

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.05.2014 | Religion

In an interesting departure from the norm, parishioners of Pastor Mark Driscoll's Mars Hill megachurch gathered outside its doors in Bellevue, Washing...

Are Star Pastors And Celebrity Preachers Going Out Of Style?

USA Today | Tom Krattenmaker | Posted 08.04.2014 | Religion

(RNS) It’s not easy being a celebrity pastor these days with that pesky Internet around. Consider the struggles of Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Chu...

Hobby Lobby, Megachurches, and the Trouble With Corporate Christianity

Charity R. Carney, Ph.D. | Posted 09.01.2014 | Religion
Charity R. Carney, Ph.D.

In the United States we have increasingly associated Christianity with capitalism and the consequences affect both corporations and churches. It's a comfortable relationship and seemingly natural since so much of our history is built on those two forces. But it's also scary.

WATCH: Victoria Osteen On Why It's OK To Pray For A Parking Spot

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion

Does praying for a material goal "dumb down" the idea of prayer? Victoria Osteen, the co-pastor of the Lakewood megachurch with her husband Joel Os...

Joel Osteen Says He's Not A Prosperity Minister

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion

Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen and his wife and co-pastor of Victoria of Lakewood Church joined HuffPost Live host Marc Lamont Hill to talk Night of H...

T.D. Jakes: What I 'Hate' About Megachurch Culture

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion

It might seem strange for the Chief Pastor of one of the biggest churches in the country to have anything negative to say about megachurches. But Bish...

'Slow Church' Movement Says No 'Fast Food' Way To Salvation

Religion News Service | Bob Smietana | Posted 03.30.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Going to church these days can be a bit like eating at a fast food joint. It might be quick and tasty. But it won’t satisfy your soul. ...

Founder Of World's Largest Megachurch Convicted Of Embezzlement

Posted 02.26.2014 | Religion

David Yonggi Cho, founder of South Korea's Yoido Full Gospel Church, has been sentenced to three years in prison for embezzling $12 million in church ...

Finding the Next Joel Osteen: Keys to Selecting a New Spiritual CEO

David Briggs | Posted 04.06.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

Religious communities calling a new pastor, rabbi or imam do not get the same public attention focused on the choice of the next king of late-night TV. But saying goodbye to a longtime leader and deciding on a new spiritual CEO pose special challenges for congregations.

What's So Wrong With Megachurches?

Phil Cooke, Ph.D. | Posted 03.08.2014 | Religion
Phil Cooke, Ph.D.

From the perspective of a person passionately interested in how Christians engage today's culture, here's some reasons I think it's time for a moratorium on megachurch criticism.

Pastor Rick Warren Opens Up About Son's Suicide

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

Influential pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church opened up to HuffPost Live about his new faith-based weight loss book, "The Daniel Plan: 40 Days T...

How An Australian Church Is Influencing The Whole World

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 11.05.2013 | Religion

SYDNEY (RNS) The ubiquitous praise song “Shout to the Lord” can be found in many churches across the U.S. on any given Sunday. What fewer people r...

Preaching Pays: Megachurch Pastor In Hawaii Raked In Six Figures

Civil Beat | Alia Wong | Posted 10.26.2013 | Religion

Wayne Cordeiro, New Hope Church’s charismatic founding pastor, has collected hefty salaries in recent years, sometimes more than $300,000 a year, ac...

Big Churches Getting Bigger

Robert C. Crosby, D.Min. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Robert C. Crosby, D.Min.

While megachurches continue to experience mega-growth, the question emerges: Just how are they growing? While there may be no one "formula" for growing a megachurch, there are some clear and observable patterns and trends to their growth.

Christian Masculinity, The WWF And Unbelonging

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 07.11.2013 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

"Imagine 10,000 men, fathers, sons, brothers and Christ-followers, coming together to worship God and learn more about the life of true adventure He intends for us as men." That's an actual description of one such event. If you're like me, you're very, very nervous to read any further.

Is God A Minimalist?

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Contrary to popular belief, quality is not quantity's illegitimate child. Is it not better to have a congregation of 300 committed Christians than a stadium-sized assembly of 30,000 churchgoers who are there to be served rather than to serve?

Humanism's Moment of Opportunity, Going to Waste

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

The evidence is in, and it is clear: New Atheists have been a media success and a societal failure.