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July 24, 2019

Annual meeting to emphasize ‘God’s Great Work’

July 22, 2019 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications
“God’s Great Work” is the theme for the 2019 Baptist State Convention of North Carolina annual meeting and will focus on the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.

Sudan Christians may benefit from new accord

July 23, 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press 
A new power-sharing agreement to establish civilian rule in Sudan is potentially good news for persecuted Christians there, according to religious liberty watchdog International Christian Concern. 

‘Jesus’ erased from N. Korea, Bae says at ERLC event

July 23, 2019 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press 
North Korea’s decades-long attempt to eliminate Christianity has practically erased any knowledge of Jesus for citizens, attendees were told at a Capitol Hill event sponsored by the ERLC.

North Carolina ministries combine foster, adoption efforts

July 19, 2019 by Blake Ragsdale, BCH Communications
Baptist Children’s Homes of North Carolina and Christian Adoption Services are partnering together to offer comprehensive foster care and adoption services to families throughout the state. 

ERLC video on N. Korea: Churches meet despite risks​
Augusto Valverde, longtime Hispanic leader, dies at 71​
COLUMN: SBC decline: Is it really as bad as it sounds?​
HOLLIFIELD: Coming soon: ‘Who’s Your One?’ tour

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Seth Brown
Executive Editor

How to engage younger Baptists 

People sometimes ask for my opinion on how to get younger church leaders more engaged in N.C. Baptist life. My normal answer to that question touches on a topic in recent news. Let me explain.

My experience has been that many younger Baptists simply do not know much, if anything, about state convention and local association ministry efforts. In other words, if younger Baptists appear to be less interested in N.C. Baptist life, it's usually because they are unaware, not because they are opposed.

So, I do my best to connect the dots. I normally use a specific ministry area as an example, such as orphan care. Orphan care ministry has gone through something of a renaissance in the last decade. Books, conferences and other resources about adoption, foster care and related services have become popular in recent years among younger Baptists.

Today, many local churches identify orphan care as a significant emphasis in their ministry, yet, I often wonder how many of them know about the work of the Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina (BCH).

BCH recently announced it is joining forces with Christian Adoption Services to offer comprehensive foster care and adoption services to families across the state. That's something many younger Baptists would be excited to hear. They would also be encouraged to know how much the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina values the ministry of BCH.

The latest printed issue of the Biblical Recorder features this news on the front page. Be sure to check your mailbox for its arrival, and share the news with a younger Baptist!

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