In the past few days I've read encouraging things about three different megachurches. I know little about these churches, so am not endorsing everything they do, but it's great to hear when churches do the right thing.
WORLD Magazine reports that Christ the King Community Church near Seattle, Washington, has been aggressively planting new churches. These are in the state of Washington, but also in such places as Minnesota and South Carolina and India and Israel. Reportedly, their movement planted nearly a thousand Bible study groups in Africa last year.
WORLD also reports that Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, is planning to build a new worship center and decided to build an outdoor amphitheater instead of a full building. This will save them half the cost. Their church's goal is to give away half of the money they take in. I notice that on their church's website, the pastoral staff members are listed in alphabetical order. To me, this says volumes about the teaching pastor's humility.
Elevation, a church in Charlotte, North Carolina, began a capital fundraising campaign last October with a "Bless Back" Sunday. They took no offering that Sunday. Instead, they passed out envelopes that in total contained $40,000, which was about equal to their weekly offering. Different envelopes had different amounts of money in them. They instructed the people to take the money inside and use it to bless someone beyond their church. Members posted their stories of what they did with the money.