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  • Multifamily housing spurs mission strategy

    September 4 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Multifamily housing spurs mission strategy

    The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina initiated a strategy last year to help churches engage a mission field that is estimated to be 95 percent unchurched. The targeted group, said to number in the millions, includes people from all over the world who span the economic spectrum. 

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  • BGCT’s Family Gathering celebrates unity, diversity

    August 29 2018 by Kalie Lowrie, Texas Baptist Communications | with 0 comments
    BGCT’s Family Gathering celebrates unity, diversity

    A celebration of unity and diversity took place as 2,054 messengers and visitors gathered at the 2018 Texas Baptists Family Gathering and Annual Meeting. Several ethnic fellowships and conventions were represented in the three-day event at the Arlington Convention Center.

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  • ‘In spirit & in truth’ aim of black conference worship

    July 25 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘In spirit & in truth’ aim of black conference worship

    An original arrangement of “Blessed Assurance” at the 2018 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference culminated in a musical round of three different phrases sung in unison, harmonizing the word “assurance” at the same time. “Oh what a blessed assurance.” “Blessed assurance, this is my song.” “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine,” sang the Whosoever Will Choir …

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  • Culture, discipleship grow LifeWay event 25 years

    July 24 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Culture, discipleship grow LifeWay event 25 years

    Race is not the issue of Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, leaders told Baptist Press upon the 25th anniversary of the event described as the largest gathering of African Americans in the Southern Baptist Convention. “It’s the culture,” said Jay Wells, a retired LifeWay Christian Resources executive who helped found the event during his tenure in 1993.

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  • Stateside pastors begin Virgin Island partnerships

    July 20 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Stateside pastors begin Virgin Island partnerships

    Pastors leading U.S. Virgin Island churches still recovering from devastating 2017 hurricanes are receiving new stateside ministry partners as another hurricane season threatens. The only Southern Baptist congregations on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas are networking with stateside leaders as guests of the 2018 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference.

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  • ERLC: New initiatives on women, abuse

    June 18 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC: New initiatives on women, abuse

    Russell Moore announced new initiatives on women and abuse during the report of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) Wednesday (June 13) at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). Moore, the ERLC’s president, said the entity will convene a women’s summit as a major part of its work in the year …

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  • 3 evangelicals among latest USCIRF appointees

    May 21 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    3 evangelicals among latest USCIRF appointees

    Three evangelicals are among the latest appointees to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins, FRC founder and American Values President Gary Bauer, and best-selling author and Kairos Company President Johnnie Moore were named to the commission charged with protecting religious freedoms globally.

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  • Bring Bible to School Day to draw 300K students

    October 5 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Bring Bible to School Day to draw 300K students

    When 13-year-old Lexi first participated in Bring Your Bible To School Day, she found it “the most amazing experience … just to see everybody down in the hallways just sharing their love for Jesus.” Before that day a year ago, Lexi struggled with fear and anxiety at her Georgia middle school, she said.

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  • ‘Until He comes’: Police, clergy pledge 24/7 prayer

    July 29 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Until He comes’: Police, clergy pledge 24/7 prayer

    Months before shootings in three states resulted in the deaths of eight policemen and two black civilian men, the Houston Police Officers Union began recruiting intercessors to make Houston a city of prayer. The result is a prayer room established at police union headquarters, where continuous prayers are planned for the city beginning in August.

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  • Multiethnic church pastor: peacemaker amid violence

    July 21 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Multiethnic church pastor: peacemaker amid violence

    With racial tension high in Baton Rouge, La., black pastor Vince Smith counts among his blessings his interracial marriage to Cassie and his pastorate of the multiethnic Circle Church. Smith considers himself a peacemaker comforting those who mourn, whether they have lost loved ones at the hands of police or at the hands of civilians.

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  • ‘Beyond powerful,’ woman says of black church conference

    July 20 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Beyond powerful,’ woman says of black church conference

    When Dianne Gordon returned home from the 2016 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, friends observed a difference in her appearance. “Everybody was telling me this morning, ‘Dianne you’re shining, you’re glowing,’ and I really do feel like that,” Gordon said. “I feel like ‘wow.’ I’m good.”

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  • ‘No partiality,’ Page assures black church conference

    July 19 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘No partiality,’ Page assures black church conference

    Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page upheld God’s impartiality during greetings to African Americans gathered at Ridgecrest, N.C., for a black church leadership conference. He shared revelations from his daily personal quiet time focused on Romans 2:11, an affirmation of God’s impartiality.

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  • God’s ‘rules of engagement’ urged amid turmoil

    July 15 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    God’s ‘rules of engagement’ urged amid turmoil

    Appeals for pertinent action amid turmoil following the killings of two black men and five white policemen were issued during a conference designed to strengthen black churches and families. As more than 800 gathered at the Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, leaders peppered sermons and seminars with advice drawn from Scripture.

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  • Christian dating site open to same-sex relationships

    July 13 2016 by Ciera Horton, WORLD News Service | with 0 comments
    Christian dating site open to same-sex relationships

    ChristianMingle, a dating website targeting Christian singles, has agreed to open its matchmaking service to clients seeking same-sex relationships. The agreement came as part of a settlement in a lawsuit filed by two gay men who claimed the company’s focus on heterosexual relationships discriminated against them.

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  • Leadership, family focus of black church conference

    July 7 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Leadership, family focus of black church conference

    A concurrent spiritual retreat, leadership development week and a family vacation characterize the Southern Baptist 2016 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 11-15 at Ridgecrest, N.C. Southern Baptists from across the U.S. will be encouraged to launch, engage and advance into their destiny, as is the conference theme, said Mark Croston.

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