2016

Teaching Poor About God's Prosperity and Abundance 'Makes Sense,' Megachurch Pastor AR Bernard Says

Dr. A.R. Bernard, founder and CEO of the Christian Cultural Center, New York City's largest evangelical congregation, and one of the largest independent churches in America, speaks at the closing ceremony of the "Movement Day Global Cities" conference at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City on Thursday, October 27, 2016.

Christian Post
November 1st, 2016

 

How A. R. Bernard Built a New York Megachurch

The reverend’s intellectualism and distinctive brand of man-up
Christianity draws a wide audience to his church, the largest in New York.
New York Times
October 15, 2016

ROLAND MARTIN PRESSES BLACK PASTORS ON THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN DONALD TRUMP'S EVANGELICAL ADVISORY BOARD

A.R. Bernard may not be supporting Trump as a candidate but he is participating in Trump's 20-pastor Evangelical Advisory Board to understand how the candidate plans to address the socioeconomic plight of Black people.
NewsOne
June 22, 2016

MINORITY REPORT FOR DON

Donald Trump met privately with 20 key evangelicals, including A.R. Bernard, who gave Trump his perspective on how different generations of African-Americans view the Clintons. 
Daily News
June 22, 2016
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PASTOR A.R. BERNARD EXPLAINS THE "FOUR THINGS WOMEN WANT FROM A MAN"

Contrary to the title, A.R. Bernard wrote his latest book based on the understanding that women don't know what they want, but they do know what they don't want. 

New Pittsburgh Courier
May 13, 2016

 

PASTOR A.R. BERNARD: 'THE #1 COMPLAINT FROM WOMEN IS MEN DON'T LISTEN'

Jacque Reid speaks with A.R. Bernard to discuss his latest book which will hopefully encourage men to come up so women don't have to go down (settle) to find love.

Black America Web
May 13, 2016

 

HILLARY CLINTON AND BERNIE SANDERS BRING THEIR BATTLE TO BROOKLYN

In anticipation of the New York primary, both Clinton and Sanders have increased their presence in Brooklyn. 

NY Times
April 8, 2016

 

HILLARY CLINTON VISITS BROOKLYN CHURCHES, DENOUNCES GUN VIOLENCE AND POLICE SHOOTINGS

CCC was one of three Brooklyn churches visited by Hillary Clinton. During church service, the former New York Senator and current Westchester County resident vowed to improve relations between police and black communities and highlighted the need to train our police officers and end racial profiling.  

NY Daily News
April 3, 2016

 

DE BLASIO’S RIGHT ON AFFORDABLE HOUSING: A CLERGYMAN EXPRESSES HIS STRONG SUPPORT FOR THE MAYOR'S ZONING PLAN AND OTHER INVESTMENTS

With cold weather persisting, many New Yorkers lack a warm, safe place to sleep. But that’s only the most dramatic manifestation of a broader problem: Thousands of our neighbors — many of them working people — will fall asleep tonight worried about keeping the roof over their heads.

NY Daily News
January 7, 2016

2015

CLERGY BACK DE BLASIO'S EMBATTLED AFFORDABLE HOUSING PLAN

More than sixty members of the clergy, including A.R. Bernard, are endorsing de Blasio's re-zoning plan to build more housing and make more units affordable. 

Observer
December 15, 2015

 

NEWSMAX'S TOP 50 MEGACHURCHES IN AMERICA

CCC ranked #15 on the list of top 50 Megachurches based on overall influence, which was determined by the notoriety of leaders, reach of their books, ratings of their television and radio programs and the way the public views them.

Newsmax
November 19, 2015

 

A.R. BERNARD'S FATHER REJECTED HIM, NOW HE'S A MODEL FATHER WITH A LEGACY

Pastor Jamaal Bernard spoke about his father, A.R. Bernard, and the importance of legacy for the next generation at the Movement Day 2015 conference. 

The Christian Post
November 5, 2015

 

CN INTERVIEWS...DR. A.R. BERNARD: "WE'RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK"

A.R. Bernard talked about the future of City Harvest after the trial verdict had been delivered. 

City News
November 3, 2015

 

EVANGELICAL REP. OF 1.5 MILLION CHRISTIANS REFLECTS ON WORSHIPING WITH THE POPE, COMMENTS ON PROTESTANT PROBLEM WITH PAPACY

Pastor AR Bernard participated in the 9/11 multi-religious worship event with Pope Francis and called it an "amazing experience."

The Christian Post
September 28, 2015

 

EVANGELICAL PROTESTANT LEADER CALLS POPE FRANCIS' GATHERING AT THE 911 MEMORIAL A PIVOTAL EVENT FOR NYC

Pastor AR Bernard will be one of ten religious leaders to stand this Friday alongside Pope Francis at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in downtown Manhattan.

A Journey Through NYC Religions
September 20, 2015

 

POPE FRANCIS TO SHARE STAGE WITH LEADERS OF MANY FAITHS IN NYC VISIT

A dozen or so religious leaders came together for a multi-religious service honoring those who died on 9/11.

The Wall Street Journal
September 14, 2015

 

CHARISMA: LIFE IN THE SPIRIT - 40TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE

Pastor A.R. Bernard was among a distinguished group of people who were being acknowledged for "radically changing our world." 

Charisma Magazine 2015
August 1, 2015

 

DANCE TROUPE STEPS UP ACADEMICS AND SPREADS ITS MESSAGE

Regime Performing Arts, a Brownsville based stepping troupe, exhibits a high level of discipline to excel in their competition and academics while sharing the message of Christ. 

Wall Street Journal
July 5, 2015

 

AFTER BALTIMORE: CAN THE CHURCH HEAL OUR CRUSHED COMMUNITIES?

Local and national leaders gather to bring dialogue and healing to a community experiencing disenfranchisement,  strained police relations and needed criminal justice reform.

NBCnews.com
May 6, 2015

 

AS BALTIMORE BURNS, CHRISTIAN LEADERS GET READY TO PUT OUT THE FIRE AT RECONCILED CHURCH SUMMIT IN ORLANDO

Christian leaders discuss how the church can intervene and even prevent social unrest.

The Christian Post
April 29, 2015

 

NEWSMAX'S TOP 100 CHRISTIAN LEADERS IN AMERICA

Celebrate Christian leaders who make a real impact on modern lives from the pulpit and beyond.

Newsmax
April 20, 2015

 

BEN CARSON DEFINES HIMSELF AND MAKES BIG IMPRESSION AT NAN CONVENTION IN NYC; PASTOR A.R. BERNARD SAYS HE'S A LEADER

The renowned neurosurgeon shares his view on public assistance, faith, education, black men, strength in diversity,  homosexuality and racism.

The Christian Post
April 9, 2015

 

IS THE US A MODEL OF INTERFAITH HARMONY FOR A VIOLENT WORLD?

A diverse group of distinguished spiritual leaders discuss the root of "religious violence" and possible solutions.

RNS (Religion News Service)
April 1, 2015

 

CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN TO HOST RELIGIOUS SUMMIT ON SIRIUSXM'S THE CATHOLIC CHANNEL

Spiritual leaders participate in a Religious Summit to examine the oppression and violence occurring around the world.

MarketWatch
March 27, 2015

 

ISRAELI PRESIDENT VISITS BROOKLYN CHURCH

President Reuven Rivlin and his wife visited the Christian Cultural Center ahead of his expected address at the United Nations Special Assembly on International Holocaust Day this Tuesday. 

News 12 Brooklyn
January 25, 2015

 

ISRAELI PRESIDENT REUVEN RIVLIN SPEAKS AT BROOKLYN MEGACHURCH

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin addressed a largely African American congegation in Brooklyn on Sunday, recalling a shared history of struggle between Jews and African Americans.

CBS New York
January 25, 2015

PRESIDENT RIVLIN AT BROOKLYN CHURCH: I HAVE A DREAM TOO

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin drew a connection between the African American community celebrating Martin Luther King Day and the Jewish people marking the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in a matter of days, during a moving speech at a Brooklyn Church, on his first stop in a week-long visit to NY on Sunday.

JP Updates
January 25, 2015

2014

PASTOR A. R. BERNARD OF THE CHRISTIAN CULTURAL CENTER MEETS WITH CLERGY FROM LONG ISLAND, NY

In 2015 Christian Cultural Center will expand to Long Island, NY on Rte 110 in Farmingdale, NY. There will be a “soft” opening, in February 2015 and the grand opening will take place on Resurrection Sunday 2015.

CCC News (Print Edition)
October 16, 2014

 

CHRISTIAN CULTURAL CENTER SERVES BIG CITY CHURCH WITH SMALL-TOWN HEART

Learn how the CCC bookstore has evolved to serve a large multi-ethnic congregation with diverse interests.

Paradigm Shifters
July 23, 2014

 

ONE ON 1 PROFILE: THE REV. A.R. BERNARD USHERS HIS MEGACHURCH FOLLOWING INTO THE 21ST CENTURY

Budd Mishkin interviews A.R. Bernard to understand his life's journey with all of its twists and turns.

Time Warner Cable NY1 News
July 23, 2014

 

BROOKLYN MEGACHURCH PASTOR A.R. BERNARD CALLS ON CHURCH TO DEVELOP FRAMEWORK TO ADDRESS ISSUES IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY

A.R. Bernard spoke at the National Action Network Convention about a framework that would take a comprehensive approach to addressing educational, economic, political as well as other issues affecting the black community. 

The Christian Post
April 12, 2014

 

DR. AR BERNARD: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO GRACE

Instead of preaching about grace to inspire the City Harvest congregation, Pastor Bernard taught about grace so that those in attendance could gain a full understanding through his explanation.

City News
February 5, 2014

 

WAKE-UP CALL

Mayor Bill de Blasio further celebrated the decision he made last week to end the city's appeal to a federal ruling on stop-and-frisk.

NY Daily News
February 3, 2014

 

SUPER BOWL NOT FAR FROM DE BLASIO'S MIND AS HE ATTENDS EVENTS IN CITY

Mayor de Blasio had a busy Super Bowl Sunday visiting Staten Island and Brooklyn but the day's big game was never far from his mind. 

Time Warner Cable News: NY1
February 2, 2014

 

MAYOR DE BLASIO HAILS HIS STOP-AND-FRISK DECISION AT BROOKLYN MEGACHURCH

While speaking at CCC, Mr. de Blasio stated that he was focused on building a “pathway to a more just city.” 

Politicker
February 2, 2014

 

CHIRLANE MCCRAY SPEAKS AT BROOKLYN CULTURAL CENTER WITHOUT HUBBY BILL DE BLASIO

The wife of Mayor de Blasio talked about being descended from immigrants from Barbados. ‘Everyone needs to know their history,’ she said. McCray didn’t stay for the panel discussion afterward.

NY Daily News
January 23, 2014

 

CHIRLANE MCCRAY TALKS IMMIGRATION AT FIRST SOLO APPEARANCE AS FIRST LADY

Chirlane McCray made her first solo appearance as first lady last night, kicking off a panel on black immigration at the sprawling Christian Cultural Center in East New York.

Politicker
January 23, 2014

2013

DE BLASIO: MCCRAY A 'VOICE OF CONSCIENCE'

Chirlane McCray received a standing ovation at CCC for her work in the 1980s with a local anti-apartheid group.

Capital New York
December 8, 2013

 

TRIBUTE SERVICE FOR NELSON MANDELA

Mr. de Blasio speaks to guests during a tribute service for Mandela at CCC

Yahoo! News Philippines
December 8, 2013

 

BILL DE BLASIO, NY POLITICIANS PAY TRIBUTE TO NELSON MANDELA

Mr. de Blasio celebrated Mandela's life with song, dance and prayer at CCC and afterward said he would apply the South African leader's values to his governance of New York City.

Long Island Newsday
December 8, 2013

 

DE BLASIO AND HIS WIFE ATTEND A TRIBUTE SERVICE FOR NELSON MANDELA

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray visit Christian Cultural Center for a Mandela tribute service.

Yahoo! News
December 8, 2013

 

GOD IN GOTHAM: 16 CHRISTIANS MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN NEW YORK CITY

A crop of influential pastors, educators and thought leaders is partially responsible for the increase in church attendance and rising number of "born again" Christians. 

Religion News Service
October 17, 2013

 

MOVEMENT DAY 2013: URBAN MINISTRY LEADERS SHARE CONCERN FOR CITIES

Nearly 2K Christian pastors, ministry and community leaders, and professionals from around the world gathered in NYC to strategize, network and learn how to better serve their cities and reach people with the Gospel.

The Christian Post
October 12, 2013

 

AN INTERVIEW WITH DR. A.R. BERNARD: "I AM CALLED TO CITY HARVEST CHURCH"

A.R. Bernard spoke a series of messages that, though seemingly disparate, strengthened the congregation in a time of trial.

City News
September 27, 2013

 

DR. A.R. BERNARD: A SPIRIT OF RECONCILIATION

At a Spirit-filled weekend at City Harvest Church, advisory chairman, A.R. Bernard taught the church an important lesson on dealing with offenses.

City News
September 27, 2013

 

HARLEM WEEK: THE 30 MOST INFLUENTIAL BLACK NEW YORKERS IN 2013

A.R. Bernard was recommended to be one of the most influential Black New Yorkers by a panel consisting of NAACP, Associations of Black Journalists and others.

Daily News
August 6, 2013

 

LEADERS’ MEETING WITH DR AR BERNARD: PRESSING THROUGH ONE REALITY TO THE NEXT

A.R. Bernard attended the Leaders’ Meeting at City Harvest Church’s Jurong West building to discuss the need for Christians to be clear about the realities of life and their image of Christ.

City News
May 31, 2013

 

HUNDREDS GATHER IN NEW YORK CITY TO HONOR A.R. BERNARD AT THE JERUSALEM BANQUET

A gala event gathering influential leaders from both Christian and Jewish communities honored A.R. Bernard for his dedication and service through the establishment of the Israel Experience College Scholarship.

Christian Newswire
May 29, 2013

2012

FAITH, HURRICANES & THE US ELECTION: A CONVERSATION WITH DR. A. R. BERNARD

In the latest interview with City News, Dr. AR Bernard talks about the interesting events of the past two months and how life his organized around purpose.

City News
December 1, 2012

 

DR. A. R. BERNARD: HAVE AGGRESSIVE FAITH

The most recent sermon Dr AR Bernard gave to City Harvest Church expounded on the concept of the new birth and established a new perspective of faith.

City News
November 29, 2012

 

IS THE BLACK VOTE REALLY IN PLAY?

A. R. Bernard speaks on the rumors about pastors encouraging their members to not vote for Obama.

The Daily Beast
September 28, 2012

 

AN INTERVIEW WITH DR A.R. BERNARD

A.R. Bernard speaks to City News about the yoke of Jesus and how he feels about CHC after two years of being chairman of its Advisory Board. 

City News
May 13, 2012

 

DR A.R. BERNARD: FIND REST IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD

A.R. Bernard expounds on finding rest in God through the knowledge of Jesus’ yoke and gratitude.

City News
May 12, 2012

 

THE POWERS OF NEW YORK

A.R. Bernard, pastor of the 36,000-member Christian Cultural Center in southeast Brooklyn, can identify, it seems, with half the city

New York Times
May 5, 2012

 

9 HABITS THAT LIFT THE SOUL

A.R. Bernard gives powerful tips to breathe new life into your spiritual journey.
Ebony.com (Wellness & Empowerment)
May 2, 2012

 

BROOKLYN CHRISTIAN LEADER CALLS FOR CELEBRATION OF SHARED BELIEFS AT CATHEDRAL SERVICE

A.R. Bernard delivered the sermon at an ecumenical prayer service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral where the theme was, “We will all be changed by the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 

Catholic New York
January 26, 2012

2011

A.R. BERNARD: SANCTIFYING CUSTOMER SERVICE

A.R. Bernard established an institution and has unabashedly adopted corporate business models to make it grow.

Urban Faith
October 7, 2011

 

ENTERING INTO A NEW SEASON

A.R. Bernard expounds and expands on the Cultural Mandate and its relevance to believers’ everyday lives.  

City News
September 4, 2011

 

PEARLS OF GREAT PRICE

A.R. Bernard exhorts believers to realize that like the oyster, we can turn the negatives in life into a beautiful pearl.

City News
July 5, 2011

 

15 MINUTES WITH A.R. BERNARD

Learn about some of the key projects that are underway at CCC.

City News
July 5, 2011

 

A.R. BERNARD NAMED 2ND MOST INFLUENTIAL NEW YORKER

Many esteemed New Yorkers were celebrated for their excellence.

City News
February 26, 2011

2010

A.R. BERNARD: THE TRUE MEANING OF LOYALTY

The staff and leaders of City Harvest Church receive a word in season.

City News
September 14, 2010

 

BRINGING BIBLICAL TRUTHS DOWN TO EARTH

Fun and interesting questions are answered about CCC.

Daily News
July 18, 2010

 

A.R. BERNARD: YOUR CORE VALUES DETERMINE YOUR LIFE'S PRIORITIES

City Harvest Church is challenged to keep its purpose on track with the Word of God.

City News
July 10, 2010

2009

A.R. BERNARD AT HEART OF GOD CHURCH

HOG church members are taught that not only is Jesus one with us but that we need to be one with God. 

City News
September 18, 2009

 

DR. A.R. BERNARD: A GODLY CHARACTER FOR LEADERSHIP

Seminar attendees at the Leadership Conference are taught that to have the character of God is to practice a life of personal consecration.

City News
August 26, 2009

 

A.R. BERNARD PROCLAIMS KRISTOS KAI KOSMOS IN ASIA

Churches throughout Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Jakarta and Malaysia were enlightened about the primary roles of the church in society.

City News
July 30, 2009

 

BIG PULPIT

See a glimpse of the life of A.R. Bernard. 

The New York Times
May 24, 2009

2008

ASIA CONFERENCE INAUGURAL ASIA CONFERENCE A TRIUMPH

Singapore was home to the largest Christian conference worldwide in 2008 where the theme was “Cultural Mandate.”

City News
December 30, 2008

 

BEST OF BROOKLYN HOLIDAY CELEBRATION AT CCC

More than 150 volunteers blessed over 3,000 children with gifts, entertainment and love. 

Spring Creek Sun
December 18, 2008

 

BAD TIMES DRAW BIGGER CROWDS TO CHURCHES

During tough financial times, more people are seeking spiritual answers and the evangelical church is experiencing the largest increase in attendance.

The New York Times
December 13, 2008

 

ASIA CONFERENCE SESSION 10: THE PERFECT FINALE TO ASIA CONFERENCE

The conference was described as five Spirit-drenched, Bible-filled, tear-soaked days that ended in spiritual unity with hearts and heads sharing the same understanding and faith for the Cultural Mandate. 

City News
November 29, 2008

 

ASIA CONFERENCE CULTURE - THE CHURCH'S GREATEST COMPETITOR

It is culture, not the devil, that is the biggest competitor for our hearts and souls so we need to keep the right values.

City News
November 24, 2008

 

THE REV. A.R. BERNARD - 25 NEW INFLUENTIALS

A.R. Bernard is listed among the top 25 celebrated people who have risen to power in recent years and are now in positions that allow them to have a significant impact on New Yorkers' lives.

Crain's New York Business
September 28, 2008

 

STARRETT HOPES BIDS HIT $1B

Hear about A.R. Bernard’s thoughts on church, politics and his personal achievements.

Church Executive Magazine
June 1, 2008

 

2008 KICKIN' IT

The 9th Annual Ebony Magazine celebrates the creme de la creme of outstanding women at an awards luncheon that included Elder Karen Bernard as an honoree.

New York Beacon
May 15, 2008

 

BID TO BUY STARRETT CITY

A coalition, spearheaded by the Central Labor Council, Christian Cultural Center and the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, wants to buy Brooklyn's Starrett City.

New York Post
March 10, 2008

 

INTERVIEW: REVEREND A.R. BERNARD, SENIOR PASTOR AND CEO OF THE CHRISTIAN CULTURAL CENTER

Learn more about the accomplishments of A.R. Bernard as well as his thoughts on politics and insights about life. 

Blog Critics Culture
March 2, 2008

 

CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK

CCC partners with the American Bible Society to celebrate the birth of Christ with A-list entertainers and a special presentation to Common Ground and the Bowery Mission. 

The Positive Community
January 5, 2008

2005

I THANK GOD FOR N.Y. CITY; BILLY'S LAST CRUSADE

Graham said he was returning to fulfill his desire to come back to NYC, where local Christian leaders told him the city was more open to a spiritual message after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

New York Post
June 22, 2005

 

IN NEW YORK, BILLY GRAHAM WILL FIND AN EVANGELICAL FORCE

The evangelical community in New York is expanding across race and class.

The New York Times
June 21, 2005

2004

THE POLITICAL CONVERSION OF NEW YORK'S EVANGELICALS

While Hispanics and African Americans in New York City have traditionally voted Democratic, those who attend evangelical churches may feel a different pull.

The New York Times
November 14, 2004

 

CANARSIE FAITHFUL RAISE 50G FOR HAITI

As responsible believers, CCC members felt compelled to help those in need so they donated funds to assist the communities of Mapou and Fonds Verrettes.

NY Daily News
August 4, 2004