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  • Small church, bivocational group offers free education

    August 28 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Small church, bivocational group offers free education

    As Joe Wright Jr. and his wife Pennie worshiped with a Southern Baptist congregation of 12 members in the Tennessee Delta just a few weeks ago, the pastor’s participation was noticeable. “We sat there and watched the pastor open his hymnbook and without a piano, he led those 12 people in about three songs …

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  • Johnny Hunt to lead NAMB evangelism, leadership group

    August 27 2018 by Mike Ebert, NAMB | with 0 comments
    Johnny Hunt to lead NAMB evangelism, leadership group

    Johnny Hunt, longtime pastor of First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., and past president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), will join the North American Mission Board (NAMB) as senior vice president of evangelism and leadership. Hunt and NAMB announced the news Sunday (Aug. 26).

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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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  • ‘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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  • 5 biggest volunteer recruiting questions answered

    July 11 2018 by Helen Gibson, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    5 biggest volunteer recruiting questions answered

    For those who have been involved in ministry, chances are they’ve been there – in need of an additional volunteer at the last minute and scrambling to find someone they trust to get the job done. Or perhaps a congregation has announced a need for volunteers from the pulpit and advertised it in the bulletin, yet …

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  • God’s ‘Unshakable Pursuit’ frames WMU opening sessions

    June 12 2018 by Myriah Snyder, Western Recorder | with 0 comments
    God’s ‘Unshakable Pursuit’ frames WMU opening sessions

    More than 400 people gathered for the opening sessions of the 2018 Woman’s Missionary Union Annual Meeting and Missions Celebration on June 10 in Dallas. The 2018 theme for WMU is “Unshakable Pursuit.” The first session, themed “The Unshakable Pursuit of Fun,” was held in a casual ranch-style events center and included a barbecue dinner.

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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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  • 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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  • Johnny Hunt event aims at teaching how to steward influence

    March 23 2016 by BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Johnny Hunt event aims at teaching how to steward influence

    Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Woodstock of Woodstock, Ga., will conduct a leadership conference titled “Stewardship of Influence,” on Thursday, April 28 at Life Community Church in Jamestown. During the one-day event, Hunt and John Mark Clifton with the North American Mission Board will share how to steward influence as a pastor and church leader.

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