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  • Political divides in church focus of new study

    August 27 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Political divides in church focus of new study

    America has become increasingly divided by politics in recent years. So have its Protestant churches, according to a study released Thursday (Aug. 23). More than half (57 percent) of Protestant churchgoers under 50 say they prefer to go to church with people who share their political views.

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  • Korean Council discusses bridging the generations

    July 1 2016 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Korean Council discusses bridging the generations

    Ministry in second-generation/English-language settings became a key topic of discussion during the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America’s annual meeting in Tacoma, Wash. The council’s outgoing president, Sang Min “John” Kim, pastor of Koreans at Fayetteville First Baptist Church, convened a panel discussion on Korean- and English-language churches for the council’s gathering.

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  • Korean fellowship vote echoes SBC annual meeting

    July 1 2016 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Korean fellowship vote echoes SBC annual meeting

    An uncontested third-ballot election for president of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America was among 35th annual meeting highlights in Tacoma, Wash. The four-day gathering, attended by 600 messengers and 100 children, was held at Tacoma First Baptist Church, a Korean congregation in the Northwest Baptist Convention.

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  • Our Lottie Moon story

    March 24 2016 by BR staff | with 0 comments
    Our Lottie Moon story

    The Biblical Recorder is sharing some of the stories about the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering from churches across the state. The money raised goes to support the International Mission Board and its missionaries around the globe. This list represents the five churches that have members on the IMB Board of Trustees.

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  • Should churches promote concealed weapons in worship?

    March 21 2016 by Emily Blake, BR editorial aide | with 0 comments
    Should churches promote concealed weapons in worship?

    The shooting of nine black churchgoers last year in Charleston, S.C., shocked the nation, causing many congregations to re-evaluate church security measures. Some North Carolina congregations encourage members to obtain concealed carry permits, but others say focusing on precautionary measures remains most important.

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  • Refugees, churches & fear spotlighted in study

    March 1 2016 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Refugees, churches & fear spotlighted in study

    When it comes to helping refugees, Protestant churches and their pastors are often separated by faith and fear, according to a new survey from LifeWay Research. Pastors say their churches are twice as likely to fear refugees than they are to help them. The United States plans to resettle 85,000 refugees in 2016, including 10,000 from Syria.

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  • Our Lottie Moon story

    February 9 2016 by BR staff | with 1 comments
    Our Lottie Moon story

    The Biblical Recorder is sharing some of the stories about the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering from churches across the state. The money raised goes to support the International Mission Board and its missionaries around the globe. See what four N.C. churches have to say.

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  • GuideStone tax guide being released in 2 phases

    January 21 2016 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone tax guide being released in 2 phases

    GuideStone Financial Resources’ tax guide for churches and ministers is being released in two phases for 2016, the Southern Baptist entity announced Jan. 19. The Federal Reporting Requirements for Churches section is available now at GuideStone.org/Tax Guide. This section details filing requirements for Forms W-2 and 1099 …

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  • Idaho cowboy churches fill ministry void

    January 6 2016 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Idaho cowboy churches fill ministry void

    In west Idaho there is a shortage of pastors willing to serve in the remote areas where ranchers live. To meet the need, David and Sue Kite travel up to 1,200 miles a week to minister to the four cowboys churches that are filling the spiritual gap.

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  • Study: New churches show appeal among the unreached

    December 9 2015 by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Study: New churches show appeal among the unreached

    America is launching new Protestant churches faster than it loses old ones, attracting many people who previously didn’t attend anywhere, new LifeWay Research studies show. More than 4,000 new churches opened their doors in 2014, outpacing the 3,700 that closed …

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  • Two of Florida’s smallest churches make big impact

    October 28 2015 by Nicole Kalil, Florida Baptist Witness | with 0 comments
    Two of Florida’s smallest churches make big impact

    Through strategic partnerships and good community relations, two small Florida Baptist churches are able to give away thousands of pounds of food to people in need in their respective communities. Both churches rely on partnerships with community businesses to accomplish their ministry goals.

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  • Army troop reduction: Churches can aid veterans

    September 24 2015 by Joe Conway, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Army troop reduction: Churches can aid veterans

    A reduction in force was announced by Brig. Gen. Randy George, the Army’s director of force management, at the Pentagon. The downsizing may affect 40,000 troops by the end of 2017. Churches have the potential to assist U.S. Army veterans who may find themselves retired prematurely within two years.

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  • Pastor appreciation opportunities available

    September 2 2015 by Joe Conway, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Pastor appreciation opportunities available

    The North American Mission Board is encouraging participation in pastor appreciation month in October. Pastors need demonstrated love and support. The stresses of accepting spiritual responsibility for congregations are well-documented in scripture by Paul and today in countless surveys. Your pastor needs your support.

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  • Ky. Church ‘Revitalization two miles from Podunk’

    August 19 2015 by Todd Gray, Western Recorder/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Ky. Church ‘Revitalization two miles from Podunk’

    Bell City Baptist Church is defying conventional thinking when it comes to church growth. Despite a rural location, an outdated facility and a shortage of young families, in the 3.5 years that Presley Lamm has pastored, the church has grown in attendance from about 10 people to an average of 75.

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  • Tax-exemption: Where do churches stand?

    July 28 2015 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Tax-exemption: Where do churches stand?

    Mark Oppeheimer, religion columnist for The New York Times, wrote the words that many churches in America have feared for some time now: “It is time to abolish, or greatly diminish, their tax-exempt status.” A bill, HB 229, to modify the tax-exempt status definition is currently before the North Carolina Senate Committee ...

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