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  • Physical therapist doubles as bivocational pastor

    July 20 2017 by Katie Coleman, SWBTS | with 0 comments
    Physical therapist doubles as bivocational pastor

    Francis Calimbahin’s schedule reflects the numerous responsibilities of life, ministry and a career as a licensed physical therapist. Managing his schedule is often complicated but his calling is simple: serve the Lord and make disciples. Calimbahin embraces life as a bivocational pastor of Caprock Church in Arlington, Texas.

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  • Refugee of communist China plants churches in Oklahoma

    July 17 2017 by Daniel Woodman, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Refugee of communist China plants churches in Oklahoma

    Outgoing National Asian American Fellowship President Ted Lam has a dream of unprecedented Asian church planting in the U.S., and he has a plan to accomplish it. His personal testimony of escape from communist China is a tool to help him carry out that plan.

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  • Church planter urges prayer for Russia

    July 11 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Church planter urges prayer for Russia

    “There are a good number of Russians whose religion is their country,” said Adam Knight, a church planter with the International Mission Board. That nationalistic devotion led to the persecution of many Christians during Russia’s communist era, he added. It had a chilling effect on evangelism that still lingers in the church.

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  • Church planting ‘Class of 2016’ successes reported

    In March of this year, Filipino International Baptist Church North in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, celebrated its one year anniversary by baptizing eight new believers. That brought the total number of baptisms for the first year of the church to 17. Church planting missionary Bayani Taligato says his approach has been simple.

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  • Church planting initiative among board highlights

    May 30 2017 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Church planting initiative among board highlights

    Baptist associations, church planting networks and individual churches could receive up to $10,000 in reimbursements for their investments in establishing new churches as part of a new pilot program through the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC). The BSC will reimburse up to $5,000 to associations or sending churches for new church plants.

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  • Cameron McGill: small churches can do ‘great things’

    March 21 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Cameron McGill: small churches can do ‘great things’

    Serving as the pastor of a small town Baptist church provides Cameron McGill with both the perspective and the vision for encouraging other small churches across the state. In his new role as president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, McGill said he wants to “help small churches in small places realize they can accomplish big things.”

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  • Church planters no longer alone in Colorado town

    March 10 2017 by Jim Burton, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Church planters no longer alone in Colorado town

    Two months after settling about 900 miles north of their native Texas, Kelly and Brandi Parrish were sitting on the living room floor on Christmas Eve 2013 with their four children lighting Advent candles. They had come to plant a church. For Christmas Eve 2014, the Parrishes hosted a gathering that was standing room only.

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  • Miracles result in new Hispanic church building

    March 6 2017 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Miracles result in new Hispanic church building

    Over in Jackson County, you’ll come to a Baptist church building under construction. That’s not an unusual thing, but this particular building has an interesting story. It is being built by a Hispanic Baptist congregation with just 25 members who say miracles have been required for the construction to have happened at all.

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  • Canadian pastor finds new flock with The Gathering

    February 20 2017 by Jim Burton, North American Mission Board | with 0 comments
    Canadian pastor finds new flock with The Gathering

    John D’Antonio’s family knew that his four-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, would soon be over. Many of his Italian-Canadian family and friends had gathered in his Windsor hospital room to say goodbye to the 30-year-old father and husband. ...

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  • El Paso-area church takes over local bar

    February 9 2017 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    El Paso-area church takes over local bar

    An El Paso-area church withstood the opposition of alleged drug traffickers and credit the protection of God as they sought to expand their presence in a strip shopping center in San Elizario. But the owner of Amigos Bar at the opposite end of the strip center wanted them off the property entirely.

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  • Urban church planters sow amid complex demographics

    January 17 2017 by Kimber Ross, Baptist Convention of New England | with 0 comments
    Urban church planters sow amid complex demographics

    Boston church planting catalyst Joe Souza has developed a unique strategy for working in the city: prayer driving. As a lifelong urbanite and an urban church planter, Souza frequently ponders how to reach the vast numbers of distinctive city dwellers, many of whom have radically different lifestyles from the average Christian.

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  • First Provo plants gospel of Christ in Utah

    January 16 2017 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    First Provo plants gospel of Christ in Utah

    Four Southern Baptist church plants are in their early stages in Utah County, traditional Mormon country but home to First Baptist Church of Provo since 1948. Pastor Russ Robinson has led the Baptist congregation to plant other churches rather than expand its church building.

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  • ‘What we do for God’ most important, pastor says

    January 5 2017 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘What we do for God’ most important, pastor says

    The missions vision of East Shore Baptist Church radiates outward from Harrisburg, Pa., with sights set as far as Central Europe’s Czech Republic for 2017. The church where about 175 people worship Sunday mornings allocates nearly 22 percent of its undesignated offerings to missions, including 14 percent for the Southern Baptist Cooperative Program.

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  • N.C. pastors discuss church planting, sending culture

    December 29 2016 by Emily Rojas, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    N.C. pastors discuss church planting, sending culture

    On Nov. 15 at the Annual Meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, three pastors met to discuss church planting and what it means to embrace a “sending” culture. While that terminology is common among Southern Baptist pastors, these three pastors were uniquely qualified to discuss it.

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  • Blake Comer: Planting in Brooklyn

    December 28 2016 by Mike Creswell, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Blake Comer: Planting in Brooklyn

    Blake Comer walks down Manhattan Avenue in New York City and seems perfectly at home. He points out the Polish baker, the Polish grocery and the signs with Polish names. He steps into his favorite doughnut shop where the staff welcome him as a regular.

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