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  • Pastors see economic turnaround in 2018 giving

    November 8 2018 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Pastors see economic turnaround in 2018 giving

    The economic recovery appears to have reached the offering plate, according to a new study released Nov. 7. Today, 8 in 10 Protestant pastors (79 percent) say the total offerings at their church this year are at or above last year’s levels, including 42 percent who say this year is ahead of last year.

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  • ETCH conference: Together, we can do so much more

    October 23 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    ETCH conference: Together, we can do so much more

    When attendees arrived at the 2018 ETCH (Equipping the Church and Home) family ministry conference, each discovered a small, monochromatic card on their seat. Over the course of the conference, church leaders assembled these seemingly insignificant cards into a giant collage that revealed a Helen Keller quote: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

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  • Rainer calls on churches to get a little scrappy

    October 17 2018 by Aaron Wilson, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Rainer calls on churches to get a little scrappy

    Back in high school, LifeWay CEO and President Thom S. Rainer spent many Friday nights playing tailback for what he calls a scrappy football team. He noted they weren’t the biggest, fastest or most athletic players, but because of the team’s grit and determination, they overcame a bad season to make it into the quarterfinals …

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  • Stewardship camp touches young hearts

    October 15 2018 by Dee Dee Vogt, BR Editorial Aide | with 0 comments
    Stewardship camp touches young hearts

    When Amanda Burke and Rebecca Lindhout of Antioch Baptist Church in Lillington, N.C., started Camp Change two years ago, they hoped to impart their own passion for financial stewardship to the next generation. Their efforts have reaped rewards both temporal and eternal.

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  • In NYC, trustees deepen their church planting vision

    October 11 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    In NYC, trustees deepen their church planting vision

    As the No. 7 New York City subway line rises from underground in Queens, N.Y., passengers then find themselves riding above one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the world. In the school system alone, 176 languages are spoken among an estimated 800 languages spoken in Queens.

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  • The Summit devotes staff ‘fun day’ to DR

    October 10 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    The Summit devotes staff ‘fun day’ to DR

    Nearly 200 staff members from The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., devoted their annual leadership “fun day” on Oct. 9 to participating in disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence. The group tackled 12 projects under the direction of Baptists on Mission …

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  • DR requests & salvations continue in Carolina relief

    October 8 2018 by Laura Sikes, NAMB | with 0 comments
    DR requests & salvations continue in Carolina relief

    When 89-year-old William Cunniff returned to his flood-damaged home in North Carolina, he found mold climbing the walls of every room, the remains of Hurricane Florence. Cunniff had evacuated and stayed out of the state with relatives until it was safe to return. The widower and U.S. Marine Corps veteran found that his home of 20 years …

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  • NOBTS President Chuck Kelley announces retirement

    October 3 2018 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    NOBTS President Chuck Kelley announces retirement

    New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Charles S. “Chuck” Kelley Jr., announced his plan to retire at the end of the current academic year during Founders’ Day chapel Oct. 2. Kelley will continue to lead the seminary through July 31, 2019. “This is the biggest decision of my life in a lot of ways,” Kelley said in an interview.

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  • God’s love ‘chief motivation’ for medical clinic

    October 1 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    God’s love ‘chief motivation’ for medical clinic

    NeighborHealth Center, a new faith-based community health center in Raleigh, N.C., opened its doors in June to offer primary care and other medical services to local residents, especially those from low-income, refugee and immigrant population “[God] cares for these people,” said Doug Briggs. “Communicating that love to them through our medical work is our chief motivation.”

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  • #MeToo, church awareness focus of study

    September 19 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    #MeToo, church awareness focus of study

    In recent months, churches have been rocked by high-profile accusations of sexual misconduct among clergy. While the Catholic Church’s continued abuse scandal has dominated the headlines, Protestant churches have also seen high profile pastors accused of sexual misconduct. A new LifeWay Research study shows one in eight Protestant senior pastors say …

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  • Gospel harvest plentiful at colleges, leader says

    September 10 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Gospel harvest plentiful at colleges, leader says

    More than 700 Tallahassee college students attended the 2018 fall semester launch of City Church U, the college ministry of City Church in Tallahassee, Fla., yielding at least five decisions for Christ. Likely, others will come to Christ as volunteer on-campus student leaders build community among the three colleges the ministry reaches…

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  • Don Hadley retires after 45 years in Havelock

    September 5 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Don Hadley retires after 45 years in Havelock

    First Baptist Church of Havelock, N.C., recently celebrated the ministry of Don and Sara Hadley at the close of his 45 years as their pastor. The Aug. 25 celebration drew 200 church members, community leaders and friends to the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

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  • NCMO supports evangelistic church planting

    September 5 2018 by Carolina Barnhill, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    NCMO supports evangelistic church planting

    Columbus County is the third largest county, in terms of landmass, in the state. More than 59,000 people call it home – and 65 percent of them are unchurched. “We knew if there was a pocket of lostness, this is one of them,” said Billy Roy, pastor of Crossroads Church. “We wanted to come and make an impact here.”

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  • McGill resigns Dublin church, focuses on The Lake Church

    September 4 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    McGill resigns Dublin church, focuses on The Lake Church

    Cameron McGill, former president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, announced his resignation as pastor of Dublin First Baptist Church to assume responsibilities as pastor of The Lake Church in White Lake, N.C. He has led both churches since The Lake Church launched in 2014.

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  • Pastor salaries not keeping pace with inflation

    August 31 2018 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Pastor salaries not keeping pace with inflation

    Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors and church staff has lagged behind the growth in the cost-of-living over the past two years. And health insurance coverage remains low, according to the 2018 SBC Church Compensation Study. The biannual study is a joint project of state Baptist conventions, GuideStone Financial Resources and LifeWay Christian Resources.

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