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  • Tar Heel Baptist Church: ‘A story of hope’

    April 3 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Tar Heel Baptist Church: ‘A story of hope’

    Drive through the town of Tar Heel in southeastern North Carolina on a Sunday morning and chances are there will be about as many people worshiping inside Tar Heel Baptist Church than the population of the town itself. Tar Heel Baptist Church isn’t a megachurch. It’s not even a church in a growing community.

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  • Shelby church merger results in greater gospel impact

    April 3 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Shelby church merger results in greater gospel impact

    When Jeremy Peeler accepted a call to pastor Second Baptist Church in Shelby in 2012, he knew the church was in need of revitalization. Even after experiencing some initial growth, Peeler sensed that God was up to something more ...

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  • Mercy Hill merger expands community outreach

    April 2 2018 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 1 comments
    Mercy Hill merger expands community outreach

    Mercy Hill is a multi-site church in Greensboro that was planted less than six years ago by The Summit Church in Durham. Mercy Hill launched its third campus in a facility that another church gave them. In 2014, the leadership of nearby Edgefield Baptist Church approached Mercy Hill’s leaders about the possibility of merging.

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  • Small-town church says ‘come as you are’ & 300 do

    December 15 2017 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Small-town church says ‘come as you are’ & 300 do

    As keyboardist for country music legend Johnny Lee, Ryan Hurt played “Lookin’ for Love” with Lee’s band in a whole lot of places across Texas and the U.S. in the early 2000s – until a drunk driving accident led him back to a place where love never runs out.

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  • Kansas meat plant, ethnic influx reshape First Baptist

    October 2 2017 by Sue Sprenkle, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kansas meat plant, ethnic influx reshape First Baptist

    Voices sing out – first in English and then Spanish. The transition is smooth as the congregation easily goes back and forth between the languages. “The precious blood of Jesus Christ; Ve ane su trono El Padre te recibirá.” The worship leader, Jonathan Zamora, closes his eyes, relishing multiple cultures praising God together.

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  • Morganton church merger fuels missions

    September 5 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Morganton church merger fuels missions

    Three years ago, Calvary Baptist Church in Morganton was a traditional church in decline and looking for a pastor. Nearby, Journey Church was a growing, contemporary church plant in search of adequate facilities. Mike Chandler, pastor of Journey Church, was leading a team of church leaders to pray and study options for the right location.

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  • Appalachia: Preachers ‘doing what Jesus would do’

    August 28 2017 by Roger Alford, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Appalachia: Preachers ‘doing what Jesus would do’

    Lifelong friends and Southern Baptist preachers C.B. Scott and Tim Searcy arrived in the Appalachian mountain region to offer help and hope in communities where a collapsed coal economy has spawned unemployment, poverty and substance abuse. They brought an enthusiasm that has others taking note, and their congregations are swelling with new believers.

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  • Endure trials in church revitalization, pastors say

    August 21 2017 by Andrew J.W. Smith, SBTS | with 0 comments
    Endure trials in church revitalization, pastors say

    Pastors should endure amidst ministry challenges, said leading voices in church revitalization at the summer Alumni Academy at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Despite challenges and trials involved in church revitalization, ministers who are turning around congregations should maintain their vision for a healthy, biblically sound local church.

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  • WWII-era couple’s sacrifice yields new Hispanic church

    July 28 2017 by Lonnie Wilkey, Tennessee Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    WWII-era couple’s sacrifice yields new Hispanic church

    Missions has been a way of life for Earl and Violet Newcomb since the mid-1950s in helping start six churches. Earl Newcomb served as song leader while operating a business in Franklin, Tenn., and Violet served as pianist and church treasurer. “Lord, open the door and we will go,” they always said.

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  • Verse-by-verse nurture marks Andy Davis’ preaching

    July 18 2017 by S. Craig Sanders, SBTS | with 0 comments
    Verse-by-verse nurture marks Andy Davis’ preaching

    To preach verse-by-verse through Isaiah – from 2008 until February of this year – Andy Davis memorized all of the book’s 1,292 verses. It’s a discipline he developed while working as a mechanical engineer in 1986, several years after becoming a Christian.

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  • Maryland pastor confident he’ll redeem ‘Annie’s Church’

    July 6 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Maryland pastor confident he’ll redeem ‘Annie’s Church’

    Southern Baptist pastor Ryan Palmer is confident he’ll save his historic Seventh Metro Church from a developer attempting to buy the property for pennies on the dollar through a city auction. Seventh Metro has historical significance as the site of Southern Baptist missionary Annie Armstrong’s baptism in 1869.

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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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  • Friends of Refugees revived her missionary call

    March 30 2017 by Joe Westbury, Christian Index | with 0 comments
    Friends of Refugees revived her missionary call

    How is the best way to be a missionary? You just put yourself in the shoes of people you want to serve, understand their needs, and then meet those needs without expecting anything in return. That was the genesis of Friends of Refugees at Clarkston International Bible Church in metro Atlanta.

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  • Ghost town church sees Holy Ghost revival

    March 30 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Ghost town church sees Holy Ghost revival

    With numerous dilapidated buildings and only 323 residents according to the 2010 U.S. census, Organ, N.M., appears on at least one website listing American ghost towns. But Pastor Mitch Newton prefers to think of it as a Holy Ghost town because of the surprising work God has done through the town’s Baptist church.

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  • How do I lead my church through change?

    March 21 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor & Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    How do I lead my church through change?

    Many Southern Baptist churches across the nation face a harsh reality, said Thom Rainer, CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, “We either change or die.” Rainer headlined a conference to help pastors and church leaders guide their congregations through transitions in missions and ministry strategies, so that gospel-proclaiming churches will thrive for years to come.

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