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  • Saddleback celebrates 50,000th baptism

    August 14 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Saddleback celebrates 50,000th baptism

    Not long after Saddleback Church held its first services in 1980, Rick Warren waded in the water and baptized a handful of new believers. Nine people came forward that day to declare their newfound faith in Jesus. Since then, at least 49,991 people have followed in their footsteps.

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  • 10,000 baptisms: Pastor sets milestone

    July 25 2018 by Robin Cornetet, Kentucky Today | with 2 comments
    10,000 baptisms: Pastor sets milestone

    Kentucky pastor Steve Ayers has reached a milestone that has Christians across the state taking notice: 10,000 baptisms since he arrived at Hillvue Heights Church. Since becoming pastor of the Bowling Green congregation in 1991, Ayers has seen the church grow from 30 people into a megachurch where 5,000 people regularly attend Sunday morning services.

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  • Kelley: ‘Fuel the Fire’ to spark baptism conversation

    June 28 2018 by Marilyn Stewart, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    Kelley: ‘Fuel the Fire’ to spark baptism conversation

    Baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) have been in decline for 16 years. To change that, Chuck Kelley hopes to start a conversation. “The Southern Baptist Convention is facing the greatest evangelism crisis in its history, with an unprecedented gap between the number of churches and the number of baptisms those churches record …

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  • ACP: Worship attendance rises, baptisms decline

    June 4 2018 by Lisa Cannon Green, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    ACP: Worship attendance rises, baptisms decline

    The Southern Baptist Convention expanded by more than 270 churches in 2017. More people showed up for weekly worship services, and congregations gave more generously in a strengthening economy. However, reported baptisms and membership declined as fewer churches participated in the SBC’s Annual Church Profile (ACP).

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  • Evangelists: ‘Harvest events’ counter SBC baptism decline

    June 4 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Evangelists: ‘Harvest events’ counter SBC baptism decline

    In what’s been called the first official statement from Southern Baptist evangelists to pastors, a consortium of vocational evangelists says increased scheduling of “harvest” events could help reverse the Southern Baptist Convention’s downward trend in baptisms. “There is a desperate need for evangelistic expository preaching …

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  • 1,285 baptized in Florida on ‘Acts 2:41 Sunday’

    May 11 2017 by Barbara Denman, Florida Baptist Convention | with 0 comments
    1,285 baptized in Florida on ‘Acts 2:41 Sunday’

    Florida’s beaches, rivers, lakes and even pools came alive May 7 with the gospel testimonies of 1,285 new Christian believers as 112 Florida Baptist churches partnered for “Acts 2:41 Sunday – Baptizing Coast-to-Coast.” From the sandy white Gulf beaches of Perdido Key in Pensacola to the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean …

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  • IMB addresses baptism numbers

    March 22 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    IMB addresses baptism numbers

    Decreases in the number of baptisms and new churches reported by International Mission Board missionaries during the past decade reflect changes in data-reporting methods and missions strategy, not a lack of evangelistic ministry. Overseas baptisms for 2015 are at their lowest level since 1969.

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  • Baptisms sign of church’s evangelism success

    July 24 2015 by Brian Blackwell, Baptist Message/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptisms sign of church’s evangelism success

    Trinity Baptist Church planned to baptize 24 people one Sunday, as a special celebration of how God has blessed the congregation’s evangelism efforts this year. But by the time the last person came out of the baptismal waters, 46 had been baptized. They join 108 others who have been baptized this year ...

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  • Baptisms in N.C. churches decline in 2014

    April 21 2015 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Baptisms in N.C. churches decline in 2014

    The number of baptisms reported by North Carolina Baptist churches fell more than 10 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to the information provided by churches through the Annual Church Profile. The total number of believers baptized in 2014 is 18,111.

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  • N.E. Baptists see baptism increase

    December 2 2014 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    N.E. Baptists see baptism increase

    New England Baptists celebrated a 17 percent increase in baptisms since 2012 and honored retiring executive director Jim Wideman during the Baptist Convention of New England’s annual meeting Nov. 14-15 in Chelmsford, Mass. Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, was the keynote speaker...

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  • Task force addresses declining baptism rates

    May 12 2014 by Joe Conway, NAMB/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Task force addresses declining baptism rates

    An urgent, immediate call for spiritual renewal and personal commitment to evangelism and discipleship are the common threads among five recommendations made by the Pastors’ Task Force on Evangelistic Impact and Declining Baptisms.

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  • ‘Blind Side’ son, now 20, is baptized

    October 18 2013 by Tim Tune, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Blind Side’ son, now 20, is baptized

    When he was 7 or 8, Sean Tuohy Jr. was sidelined by chickenpox on the day he was scheduled to be baptized. Now 20, Tuohy – the young son portrayed in “The Blind Side” movie – was baptized in mid-August by family friend Hugh Freeze, the University of Mississippi’s head football coach.

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  • N.C. Baptists to help with baptism task force

    September 27 2013 by Joe Conway, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    N.C. Baptists to help with baptism task force

    The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is convening a national Pastors’ Task Force on Evangelistic Impact & Declining Baptisms to address the continued decrease in baptisms among Southern Baptist churches.

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  • Rock Spring prefers Kerr Lake baptisms

    August 6 2013 by BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Rock Spring prefers Kerr Lake baptisms

    It was a hot July Sunday as members of Rock Spring Baptist Church gathered along the shore of Kerr Lake near Henderson.

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  • With more than 20,000 baptisms reported for North Carolina Baptist churches, seven of the churches in the 2011 top 10 repeated in 2012’s list as well.

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