On Friday, April 15, SOLA started off their annual conference for college students at New Life Community Church with a message from guest speaker Pastor Chris Brown about the freedom from the guilt and shame of our past thanks to Jesus.
Hundreds of mostly Korean American college students from over 50 different churches in Southern California gathered at New Life Community Church in Artesia from April 15-16 for the fourth annual SOLA Conference, a conference for collegians co-hosted by several Korean American and Korean immigrant churches.
Church Everyday, one of the largest Korean immigrant churches in Southern California, ordained two of its non-Korean members to become deacons during its 17th anniversary celebration on April 10.
Though about half of the congregation at Hillside LA — the English-speaking congregation of a Korean immigrant church called Los Angeles Christian Presbyterian Church — are non-Korean members, Pastor Sam Koh wasn’t set on making Hillside multi-ethnic from the get-go when he had first begun serving as the ministry’s lead pastor almost eight years ago. It was an incident that led to a series of conversations that led to the vision, according to Koh.
A preaching conference for pastors of non-self sufficient churches and church plants was hosted by I Love Pastor, a Korean organization that serves non-self sufficient churches and church plants. The fourth ‘calling conference’ which took place on April 11 at Ttokamsa Church was centered on the theme, ‘The crisis and challenge of preaching,’ and featured Rev. Steve Sekyu Chang, the senior pastor of One Body Church in Virginia, as the main speaker.
Korean First Presbyterian Church (KFPC) in Atlanta held an outreach festival for the children’s ministry on April 3. The outreach festival began a few years ago, when it used to be called ‘street festival,’ after Pastor Bong-Sung Kim, who leads the children’s ministry at KFPC, visited a Wednesday night service at a church in New York City during which a Saturday street evangelism event was announced.
The Willow Creek Community Church is expected to soon open its Illinois campus at an industrial property spread over 193,000 square foot, which sits over a land of 25 acres.
Major Prayer Events Held at Far Ends of the US Coasts: Washington DC and Los Angeles Forming “Bridge of Prayer”
Two major prayer events were organized in US on two coastal extremes on April 9, and shared the same aim of prayers - to increase love, brotherhood, and healing. One was held in Washington DC, and the other in Los Angeles, which effectively forms a "Bridge of Prayer," a press release said.
“I want to pass on the baton to young people, so that they can pick it up and run – and I'll be the cheerleader,” said Pastor Young Chae, as he started waving his hands animatedly, continuing, “I just envision myself saying to them, 'You can do it! Go John! Go Steve!' And them saying to me, 'Thank you Pastor Young for believing in me.' That's what I envision. I want to provide whatever I can so that they can run for the glory of God.”
Sa-Rang Community Church in Anaheim, CA, held its annual 'Easter Hope Festival' during which over 1,000 individuals of the surrounding community came and enjoyed various services including free health screenings, free haircuts, one dollar sales, family photos, various cuisines, free nail art, face painting, arts and crafts, live music, and more.
Nick Hall, evangelist and founder of PULSE, has called one million people to gather in Washington, DC, on 16th July to “stand for Jesus.”
Rick Warren Easter Message: How to Biblically Deal with 3 Most Disliked Things in Our Life - Shame, Anger, and Fear
Pastor Rick Warren delivered an Easter sermon to the Saddleback church on "Easter Means It's A New Day Of Mercy."
Korean churches in 10 different regions of Southern California held joint worship services early on Easter morning to celebrate Easter. In particular, the services held in the Inland Empire, South Bay, Orange County, and others had a portion during the prayer time in which the congregants prayed for Rev. Hyeon Soo Lim, a Korean Canadian pastor who is currently serving a life sentence in the North Korean prison.
Australian Christian church leaders offered prayers for over 31 killed and hundreds wounded in the Brussels attacks, and their families.
Factions within the United Methodist Church are pushing to cease relationship with Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, a pro-abortion group.