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April 3, 2013
Revitalized: Two Fayetteville churches become one
April 1, 2013 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications
Sample Image Two churches in Fayetteville ceased to exist in February. And everybody seems to be happy about it. That’s because two churches merged into a single, stronger congregation: Refuge Church.
Revitalization to be key topic at upcoming conf. 
April 1, 2013 by Shawn Hendricks, BR Managing Editor
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In the coming weeks pastors in North Carolina will have an opportunity to learn how they can revitalize their churches and help other struggling congregations experience new life.
Girls need to build identity on God, ministry leader says
April 2, 2013 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Assistant Managing Editor
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Before a young woman can figure out her own identity, she must first figure out who God is, said Erin Davis, who spoke during a mother/daughter and girl's weekend event at Caraway Conference Center and Camp. 
7 questions & answers: the Supreme Court & gay marriage
March 28, 2013 by Michael Foust, Baptist Press
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Read seven commonly asked questions and answers about the Supreme Court’s two days of arguments in the gay marriage cases.

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Revitalizing churches

Every day churches are born, and every day churches die.

It’s exciting to get news from the front lines of church planters who courageously labor in the process of birthing new congregations. The joy is underscored with the knowledge that most of these plants are in areas where access to the gospel has been very limited. People are coming to Christ because Southern Baptists are planting new churches.

On the other hand it is grievous to learn that another church died after years of dwindling attendance. According to Simple Church, 7,000 churches close their doors each year. We should be concerned that communities are losing the gospel influence of these congregations.

This week we are featuring several stories on the subject of revitalization. The story of two Fayetteville churches is encouraging.  

I’ve also been encouraged to see the North American Mission Board’s strategy for revitalizing churches. NAMB’s Send North America conference in Raleigh on April 25 will give emphasis to this concern. I’m looking forward to hearing Johnny Hunt share his passion and his church’s experience with revitalizing churches. They have some great models to share! Click here to register and find more information.

Continue to pray for our North American missionaries and for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering. They do what they do because North America needs God! Visit our AAEO resource page.

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