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Reassess, be vigilant, church security experts advise following latest shooting

NASHVILLE (BP) – Churches are taking another look at their security plans after a weekend when 10 died in a shooting at a Buffalo, N.Y., grocery store and another the next day at a California church.

NAMB to bring Send Conference back in staggered years, central location

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – The Send Conference will make its late-summer return after several years on hiatus, North American Mission Board trustees learned at their May 3 board meeting.

Not a shell game: beach baptism opens door for public witness

CLEARWATER, Fla. (BP) – A public baptism including more than 130 changed lives is significant on its own. But an onlooker’s response may be the biggest memory for Matt Laughter, worship pastor for the East Lake campus of Calvary Church.

Wunchtime podcast gives bivocational pastors food for thought

ALBANY, Ga. (BP) – In his six years working with pastors in Mallary Baptist Association, Hans Wunch had time to observe one of their most valuable commodities.

Missouri church cuts ties with camp accused of mishandling abuse

NASHVILLE (BP) – A Missouri Baptist pastor says his church will no longer partner with a popular camp due to a lack of transparency amid abuse allegations.

In historic housing market, the parsonage becomes a trendy choice

NASHVILLE (BP) – Charlie Houck loves serving as lead pastor at Mesa Church in San Diego. Just as much, he’s a fan of the parsonage that came with the building when Mesa launched in October 2020.

Pregnancy care centers on alert following attacks, vandalism

MADISON, Wisc. (BP) – Heightened tensions from a leaked Supreme Court document indicating the possible overturn of the court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision preceded attacks across the country on pro-life churches and pregnancy care centers, leaving like-minded groups on high alert while maintaining their positions on the sanctity of life.

Longtime Southern Baptist student ministry leader Dave Paxton dies in motorcycle crash

ORANGE PARK, Fla. (BP) – Dave Paxton, a student ministry veteran who served in several Southern Baptist churches, died May 3 after his motorcycle collided with a logging truck in Warren County, Miss., southeast of Vicksburg.

2022 Book of Reports released

NASHVILLE (BP) – The 2022 Book of Reports for the Southern Baptist Convention has been released. In it, Southern Baptists receive updates over the last year regarding SBC entities, including discussions pertaining to recommendations at last year’s annual meeting.

CP Stage to encourage a ‘laser focus’ on unity, generosity, diversity

ANAHEIM (BP) – A drive toward unity in the Gospel and taking the Great Commission to the nations will permeate the presentations and discussion at the Cooperative Program Stage at the 2022 SBC Annual Meeting, organizers say.