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  • NAMB launches evangelism group, names executive director

    August 13 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    NAMB launches evangelism group, names executive director

    The North American Mission Board (NAMB) is launching an evangelism and leadership group that will promote evangelism among Southern Baptist churches, provide evangelistic resources and equip pastors to help their congregations become more evangelistically active. Jim Law, who currently serves as executive pastor at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., will serve as executive director of the new group.

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  • Race relations gets ‘Shrink the Divide’ insights

    July 30 2018 by Rhoda Pickett, The Alabama Baptist | with 0 comments
    Race relations gets ‘Shrink the Divide’ insights

    Messages emphasizing relationship and friendship as a way to combat racial strife were set forth to more than 1,600 ministers, church members, youth and senior citizens during a “Shrink the Divide” gathering in Mobile, Ala. As ushers in gray T-shirts with Shrink the Divide in white letters handed out programs and directed visitors to seats …

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  • ‘The stakes are high,’ Floyd says

    June 15 2016 by Erin Roach, Nashville | with 0 comments
    ‘The stakes are high,’ Floyd says

    Southern Baptists must act, akin to Queen Esther on behalf of her people, because “the stakes are high” in the church and in the world today, Ronnie Floyd said June 14 in his presidential address to messengers to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis.

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  • Study: monthly porn exposure the norm for teens

    January 21 2016 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Study: monthly porn exposure the norm for teens

    Half of teenagers and nearly three-quarters of young adults come across pornography at least monthly, and both groups on average consider viewing pornographic images less immoral than failing to recycle. Those are among the findings of a survey of 2,700 Americans released by Barna Group.

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  • Customizable studies available for churches

    May 14 2015 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Customizable studies available for churches

    With help from a new web-based tool offered by LifeWay Christian Resources, a congregation can now have easier access to customizable content that accompanies a sermon series or undergirds a special church-wide campaign. For churches interested in SmallGroup.com, there is a two-week free trial.

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  • Pastor: Small church can make big impact

    May 12 2015 by Susie Rain, IMB Connections | with 0 comments
    Pastor: Small church can make big impact

    The Missouri pastor of a small, 150-member church was nervous as his church made the commitment to adopt people group in cooperation with the International Mission Board. He wondered if their small group could really make an impact in South Asia.

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  • Study: Americans wary of punishing student religious groups

    May 6 2015 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Study: Americans wary of punishing student religious groups

    While disputes over who can lead student religious groups continue to be debated, few Americans appear to want groups punished for requiring their leaders to hold specific beliefs or practices, a LifeWay Research study shows. A new study from the Nashville-based research group finds mixed opinions …

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  • Reaching the nations by reaching North Carolina

    May 5 2015 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Reaching the nations by reaching North Carolina

    North Carolina has the largest and fastest-growing immigrant population in the United States, and several other southern states also rank among the national leaders. The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina recently hosted the People Groups Discovery and Engagement Workshop to train N.C. Baptists how to ...

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  • ‘Names don’t matter’ says small group specialist

    April 20 2015 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    ‘Names don’t matter’ says small group specialist

    Small groups may be called by different names, but they should all have the same goal. So whether they’re known as Sunday School classes, small group Bible studies or something else, the goal of a groups ministry in the local church is to make growing disciples of Jesus Christ.

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  • Americans don’t cite ‘God, family, country’ quite like the cliché goes

    March 25 2015 by Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Americans don’t cite ‘God, family, country’ quite like the cliché goes

    The Barna Group, a California-based Christian research company, polled Americans so find the greatest factors that influence personal identity. Family came first (62 percent), followed by “being an American” (52 percent). “Religious faith” lolled way down in third place (38 percent) …

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  • Wall between churched, churchless growing

    October 28 2014 by Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Wall between churched, churchless growing

    Recent research by Barna Group looks at church worship attendance and participation, views about the Bible, God and Jesus, and more to see whether folks were actually tied to Christian life in a meaningful way or tied more by habit or personal history.

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  • Evangelicals, Catholics, Jews viewed warmly

    July 21 2014 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Evangelicals, Catholics, Jews viewed warmly

    Americans expressed warmer views toward evangelical Christians, Catholics and Jews than toward Muslims and atheists in a new Pew study released Wednesday (July 16). The Pew Research Center gauged Americans' views of various religious groups and belief sets by…

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  • Churches challenged to start 100,000 new Bible study groups

    April 17 2014 by Bob Smietana, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Churches challenged to start 100,000 new Bible study groups

    LifeWay Christian Resources is challenging churches to start 100,000 new Bible study groups by the end of this year. The new groups initiative is a partnership between churches, state conventions and LifeWay.

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  • Rocky Mount church adopts South Asian metropolis

    February 26 2014 by Hope Livingston*, International Mission Board | with 0 comments
    Rocky Mount church adopts South Asian metropolis

    Pastor Robin Fisher, with Sunset Avenue Baptist Church, Rocky Mount, N.C., accepted the challenge to adopt an unengaged unreached people group issued by International Mission Board president Tom Elliff at the 2011 Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix, Ariz.

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  • ‘This is God’s passion’: Training for N.C. churches to embrace UUPGs

    August 28 2012 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    ‘This is God’s passion’: Training for N.C. churches to embrace UUPGs

    As Old Town Baptist Church continues on a journey that began a year and a half ago to share the gospel among a people group in Southeast Asia, they are discovering just how important it is to reach the nations for Jesus Christ.

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