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  • Multiethnic worship caps Charlottesville demonstrations

    August 14 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Multiethnic worship caps Charlottesville demonstrations

    Evangelical pastors in Charlottesville, Va., say a community interracial worship service appeared to be the largest local gathering during what media described as a weekend of peaceful but tense demonstrations in the city. One year after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned violent and left three people dead, an attempted repeat in Washington …

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  • ‘Baptist Hymnal’ celebrates 10-year anniversary

    August 8 2018 by Aaron Wilson, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    ‘Baptist Hymnal’ celebrates 10-year anniversary

    This August, LifeWay Christian Resources is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the latest Baptist Hymnal. It’s a milestone Mike Harland, director of LifeWay Worship, finds humbling – especially considering a physical form of the 2008 hymnal wasn’t initially supposed to exist. “The original idea was that a new hymnal for Baptists would be digital only.”

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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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  • How worship songs brought a Buddhist to Christ

    July 6 2018 by Caroline Anderson, IMB | with 0 comments
    How worship songs brought a Buddhist to Christ

    Pavan* grew up feeling unsettled in his destiny. As the firstborn son in his family, he thought he would have to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a Buddhist monk. But music intervened into this cultural tradition that should have dictated his future. Pavan, now a Christian pastor, recounted his past and the persistent …

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  • Churchgoers stick around for theology, not music or preachers

    June 27 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Churchgoers stick around for theology, not music or preachers

    Most churchgoers will put up with a change in music style or a different preacher. But don’t mess with a church’s beliefs or there may be an exodus, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. The study of Protestant churchgoers found most are committed to staying at their church over the long haul. 

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  • Churches must abandon 600 MHz wireless sound systems

    June 7 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    Churches must abandon 600 MHz wireless sound systems

    Churches that haven’t updated their wireless sound system may have trouble being heard on any given Sunday, as the federal government is phasing out the 600 MHz frequencies many congregations use. The Federal Communications Commission will complete the transition of the 617-652 MHz and 663-698 MHz spectrum bands from wireless microphones and television broadcasts by July …

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  • MercyMe, Williams, Winans have big night at GMA Dove Awards

    Gospel music veterans MercyMe accepted the award for Artist of the Year at the 48th annual GMA Dove Awards in Nashville Oct. 17. Casting Crowns, Zach Williams, the Gaither Vocal Band and Cece Winans also received awards. Other honors went to Hillsong Worship and Reba McEntire.

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  • Boot Camp explores biblical, practical foundations for worship

    July 26 2016 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Boot Camp explores biblical, practical foundations for worship

    Pastor Phillip Reynolds has seen firsthand how transforming worship can transform a church. With his congregation at First Baptist Church of Hickory divided over worship styles and uncertain about the future direction of the church, Reynolds reached out to Kenny Lamm, senior worship consultant with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

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  • ‘Post-worship war’ counsel offered by Page & Gray

    August 31 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Post-worship war’ counsel offered by Page & Gray

    Breaking the paradigm of age-segregated services, navigating a “post-worship war culture” and fostering multicultural praise gatherings are among the topics addressed in a book by Frank S. Page and Lavon Gray on worship challenges for 21st-century churches. The book is called, Hungry for Worship: Challenges and Solutions for Today’s Church.

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  • Millers Creek Church celebrates worship through art

    March 2 2015 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    Millers Creek Church celebrates worship through art

    “Worship is much more than music,” said Andrew Heathershaw, worship pastor at Millers Creek Baptist Church in Millers Creek. The church is hosting an art exhibit March 29-April 19. The theme – “Encounters with God: Biblical Scenes of Worship and Transformation” – was aimed at offering artists a broad definition of items to display.

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  • Sunday morning still segregated, study shows

    January 16 2015 by Bob Smietana, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sunday morning still segregated, study shows

    Sunday morning remains one of the most segregated hours in American life, with more than 8 in 10 congregations made up of one predominant racial group, a LifeWay Research study shows. And most worshipers, according to the study, seem to like it that way. Two-thirds of American churchgoers (67 percent) say…

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  • American songwriters gain new perspective on worship in Zimbabwe

    September 29 2014 by Stephanie Lane, IMB | with 0 comments
    American songwriters gain new perspective on worship in Zimbabwe

    A group of American songwriters, worship leaders and ministers gathered near a fire in Zimbabwe as children approached them, hearing the strum of guitars. The 16 volunteers welcomed the children into their circle located in the in the middle of an orphan care facility.

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  • Baptism, worship declines prompt leaders’ prayers

    May 29 2014 by Carol Pipes, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Baptism, worship declines prompt leaders’ prayers

    Southern Baptists experienced growth in the number of churches affiliated with the convention in 2013, while other key measures declined, according to the Annual Church Profile compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with Baptist state conventions.

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  • Heart languages soar with songs of faith

    March 28 2014 by Caroline Anderson, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Heart languages soar with songs of faith

    High notes of traditional Tibetan songs reveal a heart yearning for God. The almost-forgotten languages find breath in the lyrics that participants jot on notebook paper, and traditional drums pound praise for the Savior. These are moments of the Nepalese to worship Jesus in their own language in a land…

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  • ‘Think: Worship’ conf. points to the gospel

    July 25 2013 by RuthAnne Irvin, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘Think: Worship’ conf. points to the gospel

    Worship is fundamentally about the gospel, speakers said at the inaugural “Think: Worship” conference at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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