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  • Evangelism task force releases report, recommendations

    June 14 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Evangelism task force releases report, recommendations

    A task force appointed last year to explore avenues of evangelistic renewal among Southern Baptists has released its final report, including a series of eight recommendations for individuals and groups at all levels of Southern Baptist life. “We are convinced that these suggestions can be heartily embraced by all gospel-loving Southern Baptists,” the report stated …

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  • ACP: Worship attendance rises, baptisms decline

    June 4 2018 by Lisa Cannon Green, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    ACP: Worship attendance rises, baptisms decline

    The Southern Baptist Convention expanded by more than 270 churches in 2017. More people showed up for weekly worship services, and congregations gave more generously in a strengthening economy. However, reported baptisms and membership declined as fewer churches participated in the SBC’s Annual Church Profile (ACP).

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  • Evangelists: ‘Harvest events’ counter SBC baptism decline

    June 4 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Evangelists: ‘Harvest events’ counter SBC baptism decline

    In what’s been called the first official statement from Southern Baptist evangelists to pastors, a consortium of vocational evangelists says increased scheduling of “harvest” events could help reverse the Southern Baptist Convention’s downward trend in baptisms. “There is a desperate need for evangelistic expository preaching …

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  • Outdoors-themed outreach boosts church’s witness

    May 30 2018 by Laura Sikes, Florida Baptist Convention | with 0 comments
    Outdoors-themed outreach boosts church’s witness

    On a Sunday in April, pastor Brooks Braswell encouraged worshipers to praise God for the many blessings He is showering down on the church. “Last Sunday, in all of our morning services and in our baptismal service God brought the blessings,” said Braswell, pastor of First Baptist Church in the lake community of Umatilla, Fla.

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  • ‘100 Houses’ evangelism effort in New Orleans

    May 24 2018 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS | with 0 comments
    ‘100 Houses’ evangelism effort in New Orleans

    Don’t tell seminary professor Preston Nix that door-to-door evangelism in New Orleans does not work. Time and again, he has found that loving gospel conversations, even during door-to-door evangelism, can and do lead to decisions for Christ. “It does not work ... if you do not work it,” said Nix.

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  • SBC evangelism task force finalizes recommendations

    May 17 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC evangelism task force finalizes recommendations

    With hopes of catalyzing “a fresh wave of evangelistic passion,” the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) evangelism task force has finalized its recommendations to the convention and will release them a week before the SBC annual meeting in Dallas. The task force held its final meeting May 14-15 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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  • Free Bibles? LifeWay launches effort to spur evangelism

    May 17 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Free Bibles? LifeWay launches effort to spur evangelism

    This summer, thousands of Bibles will ring up for free at the registers of LifeWay Christian Stores. It’s an effort by LifeWay to help local churches take the Word of God into their communities through an initiative called “Share the Word. Together.”

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  • Three Forks association affirms ‘church mobilization catalyst’

    May 1 2018 by Three Forks Baptist Association | with 0 comments
    Three Forks association affirms ‘church mobilization catalyst’

    The churches of the Three Forks Baptist Association (TFBA) have affirmed the calling of a Church Mobilization Catalyst. “We are so excited to offer this strategic resource, as a means for strengthening our churches,” said Garland Honeycutt, TFBA’s Executive Associational Missionary.

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  • Crossover again to showcase Harvest America outreach

    April 20 2018 by Tobin Perry, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Crossover again to showcase Harvest America outreach

    A year after nearly 3,000 people came to faith in Christ during Crossover efforts in Phoenix, Southern Baptists once again are partnering with Harvest America for an evangelistic crusade the Sunday before the Southern Baptist Convention convenes in Dallas this June.

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  • Youth rally memories: funny, touching, miraculous

    March 28 2018 by David Dawson, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    Youth rally memories: funny, touching, miraculous

    Kent Shingleton occasionally scratched his goatee and broke into a chuckle while reflecting on his two-decade tenure as the coordinator of Tennessee Baptists’ Youth Evangelism Conference. Shingleton said he had a deep supply of stories he could share – some funny, some touching and some truly miraculous.

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  • ‘Shorty’ the church bus: An unlikely evangelism tool

    March 27 2018 by Emily Howsden, The Baptist Messenger | with 0 comments
    ‘Shorty’ the church bus: An unlikely evangelism tool

    Many churches now operate a bus ministry which usually involves transportation of members and visitors from the church to their home and vice versa. However, Timothy Baptist Church in Muskogee, Okla., has an interesting bus ministry that takes the church into the community.

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  • Opera singer from Brazil sparks Vienna house church

    March 26 2018 by Nicole Leigh, IMB | with 0 comments
    Opera singer from Brazil sparks Vienna house church

    When Maria* began to feel God nudging her to share Christ with Persians, she didn’t know exactly what a Persian was. But within a week Maria met a girl from Iran. When Maria asked what language she spoke, the girl said “Persian,” so Maria invited the young lady to study the Bible.

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  • Baptists share Christ during Olympics in South Korea

    February 28 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptists share Christ during Olympics in South Korea

    On an uncharacteristically warm day during the Winter Olympics, visitors to the train station were greeted by a number of different religious groups. The Mormons wore yellow vests. The Jehovah’s Witnesses had their literature racks set up. Methodist Koreans were carrying yellow bags as they handed out literature.

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  • Pastor, sports ministry share God’s love to Olympians

    February 22 2018 by Tim Ellsworth, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pastor, sports ministry share God’s love to Olympians

    Pastor. Chaplain. Olympic dog sitter. That’s Ryan Schneider, pastor of Saranac Lake Baptist Church in upstate New York near Lake Placid. Lake Placid is home to the Olympic Training Center where elite athletes come to train as they pursue their Olympic dreams.

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  • Three Forks launches gospel-spreading initiative in western Watauga

    February 6 2018 by Jessica Isaacs, Special to the Recorder | with 0 comments
    Three Forks launches gospel-spreading initiative in western Watauga

    The Three Forks Baptist Association hosted a “Impacting Lostness” meeting Jan. 16 and 30 at the Western Watauga Community Center aimed at rallying local Christians to spread the gospel to unsaved people in the area.

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