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Tour virtual – Conheça a maior igreja evangélica do mundo

Yoido Full Gospel Church – Coréia do Sul

Acompanhe uma visita à Yoido Full Gospel Church. A igreja fica numa ilha que tem o mesmo nome (Yoido) e que é o centro financeiro da cidade e faz parte do Ministério Mundial das Assembléias de Deus.

O vídeo apresenta excertos do culto das 9:00h da manhã, lembrando que a igreja realiza 7 cultos a cada domingo, o primeiro às 7:00h e assim, sucessivamente, a cada 2 horas, congregando a cada domingo cerca de 250.000 pessoas dentre sua membresia estimada em cerca de 800.000 membros.

A igreja não mantém um serviço especial em língua inglesa muito embora os visitantes possam contar com um serviço de tradução simultânea para estrangeiros. Estes recebem fones de ouvido na entrada para ter acesso a esse serviço.

Faça agora uma visita virtual a essa famosa igreja assistindo ao vídeo:

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Publicado por em 27/08/2009 em POIMENIA


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O que é a Igreja?

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Publicado por em 25/08/2009 em POIMENIA


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How To Start A Podcast

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How To Start A Podcast

Daniel Darnell – Originally posted Monday, August 17, 2009

For a lot of us, podcasts have become a standard part of our lives, whether it’s in the form of a sermon podcast from you favorite pastor or a technology podcast featuring rumors and reviews from geeky gadget gurus. Maybe it’s time you started your own podcast if you haven’t already. Here are a few tips to get you going in no time.

1. Getting the Right Gear
The cheapest way to record your podcast is with your computer’s built-in microphone and free audio recording and editing software such as Audacity. If you’re a Mac user, your machine comes with a microphone built in and Apple’s GarageBand installed, which nearly automates the entire process for you. For those of you looking to record a pastor’s sermon, connect your soundboard’s output to a computer’s line-in and record the audio directly to the computer using your audio recording software of choice.

If you’re looking for a step up in quality, a handful of companies offer podcast starter kits for a reasonable price. For example, M-Audio offers a Podcast Factory kit that includes a microphone, USB interface, and software for around $100. This type of setup tends to be the standard for most podcasts, but there are other higher-end options out there if you have a bigger budget. (Hint: Sites such as are good places to look for podcasting gear.)

2. Editing the Podcast Audio and Files
Simple editing techniques such as adding intro jingles and voiceovers, or just trimming the length of your episodes, will help separate your podcast from the rest of the pack. Also, if you have the ability to normalize your audio (balance the audio levels), do so—listeners are easily annoyed by having to constantly adjust the volume on their iPods or car stereos.

Next you’ll need to convert your podcast files into .m4a, .mp3, .mov, .mp4, or .m4v format so they are compatible with iTunes. Then import each converted file into iTunes and edit its file information (title, author, image, etc.) before you upload it to the Web. (Hint: Click – File > Get Info to edit the file’s information.)

3. Preparing the XML File
Once your podcast is recorded, edited, and converted, it’s time to share it with the world. One of the most important, yet complicated, things about a podcast is creating the XML file for iTunes and other RSS readers to read. For those that want to stay away from XML language, there’s a free Mac program, VODcaster, that does the heavy lifting for you. For Windows users, there’s RSS Feed Creator. There are also paid services such as that will help walk you through the process. If you manage to get lost along the way, has a walkthrough of the process featuring step-by-step instructions. (Hint: While making that XML file, make sure you use the proper iTunes category, tags, author, etc.)

Next, you’ll need a place on the Internet to store both your XML file and media files so others can access your podcast. I suggest you use your personal website’s server or your church’s server to host these files. (Hint: Every time you create a new podcast, make sure to update the XML file on the server or it won’t show up in iTunes!)

4. Creating a FeedBurner Account
Once the files are in place, your next step is to create a FeedBurner account at before you publish it to iTunes. With FeedBurner you can see how many people are subscribed to your feed, how many people have downloaded a certain episode, and what application they’re using to keep up with your podcast. All you need to know is your XML file’s address and FeedBurner does the rest. Now you’re ready to publish your podcast!

5. Publishing the Podcast
With the XML file created, the audio file uploaded, and FeedBurner set up, you can now submit your podcast to the iTunes directory. To publish a podcast, open iTunes and select iTunes Store in the source list. On the iTunes Store home page, click Podcasts, then click Submit A Podcast(iTunes link) at the bottom of the page and complete the form.

Use the FeedBurner RSS link you received when you set up your FeedBurner account as your Podcast Feed URL. Now all you have to do is wait for iTunes to approve it, and you’re done! (Hint: You may have to wait a day until your podcast shows up on iTunes, so be patient.)

6. Tracking Your Stats
With your free FeedBurner account, you can now track your podcast’s success. (Hint: Make sure to tell your congregation or friends about
your podcast!)

While podcasting may not be a simple, three-step process, I hope these steps help to get the ball rolling as you start podcasting. If you’re still lost, visit the websites below for helpful tips and support.

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Publicado por em 25/08/2009 em POIMENIA


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America’s Biggest Megachurches

Jesse Bogan

A Saturday evening at the Second Baptist Church of Houston is like Christian worship in most American towns: a sermon, some music, nice people walking from the parking lot with Bibles in hand.

The difference is scale. Second Baptist is the second-largest “megachurch” in the U.S., a modern cathedral complex the size of an airport terminal. Inside “E Gym,” where the congregation’s “small” Saturday evening service is being held, two basketball courts full of believers in jeans and flip-flops rock out, sing along or just watch as a huge contemporary band jams to the song “Did You Feel the Mountains Tremble?”

White and yellow stage lights hit the rising smoke before the performance cools down for the opening prayer. The sermon stops for applause as the audience watches an video projected overhead of a Christian-gone-wild beach retreat, where the church baptized nearly 700 teenagers.

Spread across five campuses, Second Baptist has about 24,000 people attending one or another of its programs each week. The church has fitness centers, bookstores, information desks, a café, a K-12 school and free automotive repair service for single mothers. The annual budget: $53 million.

“We are a town within a city,” says pastor Edwin Young, 73, whose sermon style ranges from conversational to yelling to Southerner-about-to-weep.

Churches across America–like shopping malls, houses, corporations, hospitals, schools and just about everything else–have erupted in size in the last few decades. The number of megachurches in the U.S. has leaped to more than 1,300 today–from just 50 in 1970.

Featuring huge stages, rock bands, jumbotron screens, buckets of tears and oodles of money, as well as the enormity of the facilities, pastor personalities and income–over $8.5 billion a year all told–these churches are impressive forces flourishing at staggering rates.

On a megachurch database updated by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, Second Baptist in Houston is listed as the second-largest based on average weekly attendance. (No. 1 is Lakewood Church, five miles from Second Baptist. And rounding out the top 10 are North Point Community Church, near Atlanta; Willow Creek Community Church, near Chicago;, of Edmond, Okla.; West Angeles Church of God in Christ, Los Angeles; Fellowship Church, of Grapevine, Texas; Saddleback Valley Community Church of Lake Forest, Calif.; Calvary Chapel, of Ft. Lauderdale; and The Potter’s House, of Dallas.)

Second Baptist’s “21st Century Worship Center” is being refurbished since Hurricane Ike hit last year. Originally built in 1986 for $34 million, the church is spending $8 million for repairs and upgrades, not including what insurance covered. An electronic projection system will display scripture verses around the cavernous, octagonal, balconied room, which will seat about 6,500 people under a dome that reaches six stories high. There are towering columns and larger-than-life faceted glass windows depicting the Biblical stories of the beginning and ending of mankind.

“You won’t find anything in here that is ostentatious. You’ll find beauty,” says Pastor Young. “God’s house ought to be beautiful.” Young, a self-described “redneck, blue collar, south Mississippi country boy” and son of a utility-pole-lineman, started his flock in 1978 with 300 attendees–less than half the number of teenagers baptized at the beach recently.

“It’s a phenomenon of this generation,” he says of the sheer size and growth of congregations like his. “It’s meeting some niche there.”

Megachurches, considered Protestant, with more than 2,000 people attending each week, cut a wide swath across the country. In 2005, California led the nation with 178 of them, followed by 157 in Texas and 85 in Florida, according to the book Beyond Megachurch Myths: What We Can Learn From America’s Largest Churches.

“We believe it is only a matter of time until every state has a congregation of megachurch size,” write authors Scott Thumma and Dave Travis. “Americans have not only grown accustomed to large organizations, but they have even had their character and tastes shaped by them.”

Thumma, a professor at Hartford Seminary, has since his book reported that the average megachurch income was $6.5 million in 2007, up from $4.7 million in 1999. About 50% of it was spent on salaries, the rest divided evenly between missions and buildings. Meanwhile, he says nine out of 10 megachurches more than doubled in size between 2002 and 2007.

Among the fears of Ed Young Jr., pastor of Fellowship Church in the Dallas area, No. 7 on the list of largest megachurches, and gaining on his father at Second Baptist, is the financial accounting of growth that comes with mergers and added campuses. And he wonders if megachurches are “just taking people from other churches because we have a cooler church.”

Only 6% of megachurch attendees who participated in one of Thumma’s surveys said they were at their first church. They appear to be being pulled from other congregations or brought back into practicing their faith after falling off the wagon. Two-thirds of megachurch attendees have been going for five years or less, he found.

A third of megachurch attendants are single compared with 10% at a typical church, and the average age is 40 compared with 53. Twenty-six percent of families at megachurches earn more than $100,000 a year, compared with 15% at typical churches, which tend to have slightly better regular attendance rates.

But questions over tax-exemption status and squabbling over high-profile pastors are growing concerns. In recent years, none more than Joel Osteen, 46, the best-selling author and pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, the largest megachurch in the country, has been questioned more about his riches.

“God has blessed me with more money than I could imagine from my books,” says Osteen, who gave up his $200,000 salary about five years ago, when royalties started flowing from his Your Best Life Now. He adds of he and his wife, Victoria: “I don’t think it has changed our lifestyle, it has just given us the opportunity to help more people.”

Joel’s father started Lakewood with a congregation that would fit aboard two buses and grew it to 6,000. Since he died in 1999, Joel has grown the flock more than seven fold. In 2008 Lakewood had a $70 million budget, up from $50 million in 2005. In addition to the 7 million watching on television in the U.S. (services are broadcast to more than 100 countries), about 43,500 people come to the former Compaq Center, where the Houston Rockets used to play, for any of the five weekly services.

Lakewood leased the center from the city of Houston in 2004 for 60 years, paying $13 million in cash for the first 30 years rent. Then they threw $95 million more in on top of that to try to make the 650,000 square foot building feel like an intimate church. There is wall-to-wall carpet beneath the 14,000 seats. The largest of three jumbotron screens is 32 feet by 18 feet. Twin waterfalls book-end a stage that rises and falls before a circling gold globe and a pulpit, where Osteen, often lambasted by critics for being light on theology, preaches about staying positive. He says he doesn’t want to be “too religious” in hopes to reach the “everyday person.”

“Don’t drive up and down the freeway and just see the traffic, potholes and the construction. Look out at the beauty of God’s creation. Look out at the trees, look up into the sky. Breathe in the goodness of God,” he told his following on a recent Sunday. “When that critical spirit comes, you have to deal with it one thought at a time.”

Out in the sea of believers and donators, amid scores of television cameras, was James Lyster, 38, a tattooed steelworker dressed in a suit. Others came in jeans and T-shirts. “The spirit of the Lord is here,” he says. So is the rumble of a dramatic drum solo and the blare from a band belting the lyrics of “Come in From the Outside Just as You Are.”

After the service, some 400 people lined up to visit with the Osteens. An usher had to cut it off. “I’ve already turned away 100 people,” he said. Nearby was a man who said he visited from Idaho with his son who was about to be treated locally for leukemia. Another, A. D. Achilefu, 28, whose father is from Nigeria and has attended Lakewood for eight years, says the congregation is a good glimpse of what heaven will be like: “a big melting pot.”

“Osteen is responding to the psychological needs of our culture in a theologically accessible way,” says Nathan Carlin, a doctoral student in religion studies at Rice University, who co-authored the recent article in Pastoral Psychology “Joel Osteen as Cultural Selfobject.”

“Many preachers tell us that God loves us, but Osteen makes us believe that God loves us. And this is why he is so successful,” he says.

It’s unclear how much more successful he can be or how much bigger megachurches can get, even in Texas. One sign of success: Despite the economic downturn, Lakewood says they are on par with last year’s collections.

“When I was growing up, a church of 1,000 was a big deal,” Osteen says. “But you know what, it’s just a different day today. I don’t know where we will be in 30 years. Will there be churches of 100,000 or will we be meeting in big stadiums? I can’t fathom that now, but I don’t know.” It could come sooner than that. In April 45,000 people filled New York’s new Yankee Stadium to hear him speak.


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Publicado por em 25/08/2009 em POIMENIA


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Small Church vs. Big Church Faith

The Barna Group released an interesting study this morning exploring how faith varies by church size. Surprisingly, there is a significant difference between the average faith of big churches versus small churches. The only factor that did not vary by church size was whether a church attendee had prayed during the past week.

The tipping point for religious differences seems to be at a church size of 200 adult attendees. However, house churches (roughly 20 adults) have religious beliefs and behaviors more similar to those of large conventional churches of 500 rather than conventional churches of less than 50.

Big Church vs. Small Church Faith

Big Church (1000+) vs. Small Church (1-100) Faith

  • The Bible is totally accurate in all the principles it teaches.
    75% big church
    60% small church
  • I have personal responsibility to tell others my beliefs.
    61% big church
    41% small church
  • My religious faith is very important in my life.
    90% big church
    82% small church
  • Satan/devil is a living being not just a symbol of evil.
    51% big church
    30% small church
  • A good person cannot earn a place in Heaven.
    55% big church
    33% small church
  • On earth Jesus Christ did not commit sins, like other people.
    74% big church
    49% small church
  • God is the omnipotent, omniscient creator who rules all.
    90% big church
    81% small church

In addition the study discovered that adult attendees of large churches are more likely than adult attendees of small churches to read the Bible, volunteer at church, be a college graduate, be affluent, and have kids. For more statistics, read The Barna Group’s article.


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Publicado por em 25/08/2009 em POIMENIA


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The Youth Pastor’s Utility Belt

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The Youth Pastor’s Utility Belt

Scott McClellan – Originally posted Monday, July 27, 2009

No one demonstrated the efficacy of the utility belt better than Batman. And while Batman’s utility belt was loaded with detective tools, throwing stars, and grappling hooks for taking on Gotham City’s criminal element, we imagine that the modern-day youth pastor’s utility might look a little different.

Goatee Trimmer
Granted, this is a bit of a cheap shot, but you can’t argue that goatees and youth pastors are a frequent and successful combina¬tion. Guys, whether you’re rolling with a goatee, a soul patch, a Fu Manchu, or an Abraham Lincoln beard, you owe it to your students, their parents, and your senior pastor to keep that thing trimmed. Ladies, please feel free to disregard this one.

A smartphone worth its salt is close to being a utility belt in and of itself. Just think of all the youth pastoring-related tasks smart¬phones can facilitate: get directions to the church camp via built-in GPS, send text messages to kids, check Facebook, manage your calendar of events and high school cafeteria lunches, respond to emails from concerned parents, etc. For the youth pastor on the go, a smartphone might be the most valuable gadget of all.

Pocket-Size Video Camera
Some people like the Flip Mino HD or Ultra HD, while others prefer the Creative Vado or the Kodak Zx1. Either way, an extremely affordable and portable video camera is a great way to capture live events, trips and retreats, and even quick testimonies. This class of camera is easy to use on the fly, and easy to replace if your youth throw you in the pool while you’ve got the camera in your pocket.

Digital Camera
Like a pocket-size video camera, a good digital camera is great way to document your youth ministry. Photos of students and volun¬teers worshiping or serving together—or even just goofing off—can powerfully capture the essence of your youth group. A simple point-and-shoot digital camera, if used properly and consistently, is worth its weight in gold.

3G Wireless Card
There are times when a smartphone is no substitute for a laptop with a high-speed Internet connection. Imagine being able to setup a mobile office and receive, edit, and email documents, or edit and upload pictures and video, as long as you can get a signal (and provided that you’re not behind the wheel of a moving vehicle).

If you don’t own a laptop, a netbook might be a great solution to your mobile computing needs—especially if you do a lot of web-based activities such as social networking, reading blogs, or catching up on email. Netbooks are typically light on screen size, processing power, and hard drive space, but they’re typically priced between $300-$500.

LED Flashlight
There’s no way around it—LED flashlights are cool. They also have a few youth ministry applications that come in handy. Use your LED when you’re policing midnight games of Capture the Flag, patrol¬ling retreat grounds after Lights Out, or telling scary stories in a cabin or around a campfire. (Tip: For a spiritual angle on your scary stories, tell tales of demon possessions and exorcisms.)

Portable Hard Drive
If you’re generating a lot of media for your youth ministry, you’ll eventually need a place to backup and/or store your library of videos, images, mp3s, and graphics. These days, portable hard drives offer a lot of storage space for a relatively low price, a combi¬nation that makes it easier than ever to save and transport hundreds of gigabytes of data.

The youth of today can get wild and out of control, and you, as an authority figure, may need to subdue them if the situation requires it. Besides, some of these kids are pretty big and strong. Frankly, we’ve found that a Taser in the hands of a properly trained youth pastor is the safest and most effective means of incapacitating a young person. OK, we’re totally kidding about this one, but admit it … you thought about it for a second, didn’t you?


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The Ten-Year Century

Ray Pritchard

In a fascinating article published this week, Tom Hayes and Michael S. Malone argue that we have entered the era of the “ten-year century,” by which they mean that the pace of life has so rapidly accelerated that what used to happen in a century now happens in a decade.

Changes that used to take generations—economic cycles, cultural shifts, mass migrations, changes in the structures of families and institutions—now unfurl in a span of years. Since 2000, we have experienced three economic bubbles (dot-com, real estate, and credit), three market crashes, a devastating terrorist attack, two wars and a global influenza pandemic.

We have all heard it said that the whole store human knowledge is doubling at an amazing rate. Some sources say every 14 months. Others say every five to seven years. The real point is that what used to take centuries now takes only a few years. In 2007 an Intel computer chip the size of a thumbnail completed one trillion mathematical calculations per second, making it the first teraflop chip. In 2008 an even more advanced computer broke the petaflop barrier, computing over one quadrillion operations per second. And then there is nanotechnology that creates machines that work at the molecular level (Sean Flynt, “The World in 2025,” Seasons, Summer 2009, pp. 16-17).

It’s not just change, it’s the dizzying rate of change. If things seem to be moving faster today, that’s because they really are. We see real-time events from the battlefield that would have taken weeks to report during World War II or months during the Civil War. Those same reports from distant lands might have taken a year or more to arrive in the ancient world. But we see in real time from Iraq or Afghanistan or some remote village in Pakistan.

So this is our world. Welcome to the Ten-Year Century. What does this mean for ministry in the 21st-century?

1. We’ll have to learn faster how to learn faster.

2. Everyone in the church is now connected electronically.

3. Top-down leadership styles won’t work very well. People want to be included in the process.

4. Churches that refuse to use the Internet might as well put up a sign that reads, “If you’re under 30, look elsewhere.”

5. Long-range planning means thinking about 2010 and 2011. Forget about 2019. That’s a century from now.

6. We’ll need to focus more, find a few things we can do well, and communicate like crazy.

7. The same technology that allows us to multiply campuses will eventually create “global local churches.”

8. Attention spans are likely to be shorter because people are constantly being bombarded with information.

9.We’ll have to cut out some of the committee-laden bureaucracy that has grown up in many churches. It’s like spiritual kudzu, stifling growth by talking things to death.

10. Churches will have no choice but to adapt to change quicker than in the past. Those that don’t adapt will slowly wither and die.

11. We’ll do more and more Bible teaching, discipleship, prayer and mentoring over the Internet.

12. In urban areas (which is where most of the world will be living) churches will have to cope with highly transient populations. In the past we could count on having families stay in the same church for 30 years. Now we’ll be fortunate to have them for 18-24 months. That means rethinking our whole approach to discipleship. We’re going to train young leaders who will end up serving in some other church.

13. In an era of rapid change, building trust takes an even higher priority.

14. Foundational teaching will become very important. We’ll have to go “back to basics” every year or so in our teaching and preaching. We can’t assume that our own people truly understand what we say we believe.

15. And, finally, one of my favorite words applies here. Nimble. Check it out. In the era of the “ten-year century,” change is the order of the day. Tomorrow won’t be like today. Nimble churches will thrive in this environment.

I’m excited about all this. What an incredible time to be alive. In an ever-changing world, we have the privilege of pointing people to the never-changing Christ.

What else would you add this list?


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