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  • Academic competition to debut for Christian schools

    September 11 2018 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Academic competition to debut for Christian schools

    The Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools (SBACS) has announced it will begin an online-based academic competition, Knowledge Quest, for its member schools next spring. Students from third grade through 12th grade can complete test modules in individual core subjects, electives and Bible knowledge, competing with other schools without having to travel …

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  • Cincinnati shooting spurs Baptists ‘to bring hope’

    September 7 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Cincinnati shooting spurs Baptists ‘to bring hope’

    A shooting rampage in Cincinnati that left four dead and two others injured Sept. 6 led a city councilman to request aid from the community. Within minutes Cincinnati Baptists began responding. An unidentified gunman entered Cincinnati’s 30-story Fifth Third Center through a loading dock at 9:10 a.m. local time and opened fire in the lobby, according to media reports.

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  • Vision team to help implement SBCAL recommendations

    August 20 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Vision team to help implement SBCAL recommendations

    An 11-member vision team will study ways to help Southern Baptist state associations implement recommended changes including a new title and system-wide professional proficiencies for directors of missions (DOMs). The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) vision team will research ways to help state associations implement a study team’s recommendations that were adopted during the SBCAL annual meeting in June.

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  • Baptist Association emphasis, with new name, moves to October

    July 17 2018 by Baptist Press & LifeWay Staff | with 0 comments
    Baptist Association emphasis, with new name, moves to October

    News about associational missions was among the headlines during the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting in Dallas, except for one action by messengers of importance to the 1,100 Baptist associations across the country. What made the news: a recommended title …

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  • Shepherd’s Flock breaks ground for first building

    July 9 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Shepherd’s Flock breaks ground for first building

    Seven years ago, Larry and Kathy Martin joined 30 other Baptists in Sanford, North Carolina to plant Shepherd’s Flock Baptist Church. Growing to 120 members today, the church broke ground June 23 on its first building. Gathering under an unusually large pecan tree on a hot Saturday afternoon, almost 100 people met for the combined …

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  • ‘Associational Mission Strategist’ suggested DOM title

    “Associational Mission Strategist” is the new recommended title for Southern Baptist mission leaders formerly called directors of missions or DOMs. The new title was unanimously approved by nearly 250 members attending the 2018 Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders, June 10-11 in Dallas, though its recommendations are not binding for the more than …

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  • Three Forks association affirms ‘church mobilization catalyst’

    May 1 2018 by Three Forks Baptist Association | with 0 comments
    Three Forks association affirms ‘church mobilization catalyst’

    The churches of the Three Forks Baptist Association (TFBA) have affirmed the calling of a Church Mobilization Catalyst. “We are so excited to offer this strategic resource, as a means for strengthening our churches,” said Garland Honeycutt, TFBA’s Executive Associational Missionary.

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  • Association disfellowships church over racism charges

    April 5 2018 by Joe Westbury, Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Association disfellowships church over racism charges

    What began as a harmonious relationship between a declining Anglo church and a growing African American church plant in Georgia ended when Mallary Baptist Association disfellowshipped Raleigh White Baptist Church on grounds of racism. After two years of intervention, the association’s Executive Committee voted unanimously to remove the church from its membership.

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  • Operation Reach shows need for new churches

    April 3 2018 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Operation Reach shows need for new churches

    At least 46 new churches are needed to reach specific neighborhoods and people groups in Union County right now, a Baptist study conference called Operation Reach has determined. Sponsored jointly by the Union Baptist Association and the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, the daylong conference was divided into two parts.

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  • Mike Cummings retires after 30 years

    March 21 2018 by Laura Crowther, BR staff | with 1 comments
    Mike Cummings retires after 30 years

    Mike Cummings retired Feb. 28 as director of missions for the Burnt Swamp Baptist Association, but his long history of ministry among his community and fellow Native Americans is not finished. “He has been a pastor to the pastors,” said Steve Strickland, who now holds Cummings’ former position.

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  • Association leader discovers God had different plan

    March 21 2018 by Gardner-Webb University Communications | with 0 comments
    Association leader discovers God had different plan

    Wesley Smith thought he was following God’s will for his life in 2001 when he received his bachelor’s in criminal justice from Gardner-Webb University. However, he became discouraged when he didn’t find a job in juvenile probation and parole and wasn’t sure what to do. Direction came during a church revival service. ...

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  • SBCAL group to study DOM title change, efficiency

    June 23 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBCAL group to study DOM title change, efficiency

    A 12-member study group is expected to recommend in 2018 a new title, credentialing process and expectations of effectiveness for Southern Baptist directors of missions (DOMs). The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) appointed the group at its conference held June 11-12 in advance of the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

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  • Association pioneers church revitalization model

    May 25 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Association pioneers church revitalization model

    Two years ago, First Baptist Church of Affton, Mo., knew it was dying. So it sought help from the local St. Louis Metro Baptist Association. In a process facilitated by executive director of missions Jim Breeden, First Baptist decided to replant itself in March 2016 as Church at Affton.

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  • Colerain church perseveres through storms

    January 9 2017 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer | with 0 comments
    Colerain church perseveres through storms

    Christmas came a few weeks early for Wakelon Baptist Church in Colerain, N.C., a church that pushed through some challenging months in 2015. Members saw new stained glass windows installed in the sanctuary during the first week of December, months ahead of schedule.

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  • U.S. psychiatrists speak out against euthanasia

    December 30 2016 by Kiley Crossland, WORLD News Service | with 1 comments
    U.S. psychiatrists speak out against euthanasia

    The American Psychiatric Association assembly and board of trustees approved a position statement in December for the organization’s 25,000 member psychiatrists, stating, “A psychiatrist should not prescribe or administer any intervention to a non-terminally ill person for the purpose of causing death.”

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