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  • Next-generation ministry envisioned at ‘The Call’

    September 20 2018 by Lee Weeks, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Next-generation ministry envisioned at ‘The Call’

    The next generation of Christian ministry leaders must embrace and nurture God’s individual call on their lives before God will use them as ambassadors of the gospel locally and globally, speakers said during “The Call” Conference held at two Baptist universities.

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  • Special needs termed ‘unreached people group’

    September 12 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Special needs termed ‘unreached people group’

    Any church with at least one member with a medical, mental or psychological disorder such as autism or ADHD essentially has a God-given special needs ministry, Pastor Lee Peoples told Baptist Press. Intentionally meeting the practical and spiritual needs of just one special needs member can mean the difference in reaching whom the pastor characterizes as “an unreached people group within our nation.”

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  • Gospel harvest plentiful at colleges, leader says

    September 10 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Gospel harvest plentiful at colleges, leader says

    More than 700 Tallahassee college students attended the 2018 fall semester launch of City Church U, the college ministry of City Church in Tallahassee, Fla., yielding at least five decisions for Christ. Likely, others will come to Christ as volunteer on-campus student leaders build community among the three colleges the ministry reaches…

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  • Boat captain fishes for men, catches 43

    August 23 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Boat captain fishes for men, catches 43

    Like many retirees, you can find James Shepherd, 84, fishing in his boat several days each week. But he’s set apart from many other retirees by what he’s fishing for. When he and a friend bought a pontoon boat four years ago, he sensed the Lord saying, “Why don’t you fish for men off this?”

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  • John Bisagno, pastor & church innovator, dies at 84

    August 7 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    John Bisagno, pastor & church innovator, dies at 84

    John Bisagno, an evangelistic innovator and longtime pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church, died Aug. 5 in Nashville following a battle with cancer. He was 84. During Bisagno’s 30-year tenure at Houston’s First beginning in 1970, the congregation grew from fewer than 400 to 22,000 members, Baptist Press reported in 1999.

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  • NAAF to ‘fill the gap’ in state convention church training

    July 30 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    NAAF to ‘fill the gap’ in state convention church training

    Through a new initiative of the National African American Fellowship (NAAF) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), consultants are available to help state conventions train church staff in discipleship, evangelism, missions and community ministries. NAAF’s African American Ministry Assist Team (AAMAT) is designed to fill Southern Baptist resource gaps that NAAF said are widening …

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  • SBC faces #MeToo moment – now what?

    July 26 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    SBC faces #MeToo moment – now what?

    The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) appears to be in the midst of a complex and uncertain moment as sexual abuse scandals raise questions about how the cooperative body of more than 40,000 self-governing churches can better identify sexual predators and provide safeguards against them.

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  • #MeToo confronts small churches, bivocational pastors

    July 26 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    #MeToo confronts small churches, bivocational pastors

    Amid the #MeToo movement, conferences and seminaries have heightened their focus on training pastors to prevent and report sexual abuse. But associational leader Sean McMahon worries those training efforts are leaving out a sizable group of pastors: small church and bivocational “heroes” who “work 55-60 hours a week in their normal job …

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  • In Mormon-heavy Utah, church slates witness training

    July 26 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    In Mormon-heavy Utah, church slates witness training

    Church leaders and members are invited to Utah’s Desert Ridge Baptist Church for training in evangelizing members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, slated for Sept. 7-8. “We love our neighbors in Utah, and to love our neighbors it is important to understand what religious beliefs they hold,” …

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  • Expo to offer worship training for entire church

    July 24 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Expo to offer worship training for entire church

    A comprehensive training event designed for anyone involved in worship and music ministry in a local church is coming to North Carolina this fall. The Renewing Worship Expo, a first-of-its-kind event sponsored by the Worship and Music Ministry of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC), will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15 …

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  • Hispanic churches go outside the box for evangelism

    July 6 2018 by Joy Pittman, Baptist New Mexican | with 0 comments
    Hispanic churches go outside the box for evangelism

    Twenty-four Hispanic Baptist churches embraced the 2018 Simultaneous Revivals campaign organized by Baptist Convention of New Mexico Hispanic ministry strategist Ricardo Rivera. A key goal this year, Rivera told the Baptist New Mexican news journal, was to motivate churches to think outside the box about evangelism within their communities and to inspire them to do …

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  • High school grads stay in church through new outreach

    July 6 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    High school grads stay in church through new outreach

    Students can remain engaged in discipleship and evangelism when moving from high school to college in a new outreach targeting pastors, parents, churches, ministries and teenagers alike. Campus Ministry Link (CML), the new outreach of Austin, Texas-based Campus Renewal Ministries, seeks to reverse a gospel-engagement decline of 70 percent among high school graduates leaving home …

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  • Migrant ministry gets early start in California

    July 3 2018 by Holly Smith, California Southern Baptist | with 0 comments
    Migrant ministry gets early start in California

    Feeding Those Who Feed Us has been a popular California Southern Baptist Convention (CSBC) ministry for nearly 20 years, seeing thousands of migrant workers make professions of faith in Christ. The convention ministers in more than 25 migrant centers each summer throughout California, providing food staples, Vacation Bible Schools, children’s activities, live music, gospel messages …

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  • Dulcimers become widow’s instrument for ministry

    July 3 2018 by Gayla Holt Sullivan, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Dulcimers become widow’s instrument for ministry

    Margaret and Jerry Wright trekked to the Arkansas Ozarks town of Mountain View in July 1994 to explore Blanchard Springs Caverns, a nearby cave. Or so they thought. Checking in at a campsite, they learned that folk music “jam sessions” took place each evening at the Ozark Folk Center and in front of the Stone …

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  • Churches looking ‘more like their neighborhoods’

    June 29 2018 by Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Churches looking ‘more like their neighborhoods’

    More American churches are multiracial, but still less so than the neighborhoods surrounding them, a new study shows. A Baylor University study, released June 20, found the percentage of multiracial congregations in the United States nearly doubled. From 1998 to 2012, the most recent year for which data is available, multiracial churches grew …

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