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NAMB training helps churches develop evangelistic culture

NAPLES, Florida (BP) – When Pastor Chris Butler took the helm at North Naples Baptist Church in 2016, he inherited a congregation on the brink of closure, dwindled to just 40 members. Just two weeks into his pastoral tenure, multiple outside ministries came to him and asked whether the church was selling its building.

NAMB, Indiana Baptists preparing for Crossover evangelistic push in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – "Indianapolis is known for a lot of really cool things, such as the Indianapolis Colts and the Indy 500, but what if it became known as the birthplace of the next Great Awakening for students?"

ERLC to host annual meeting lunch with former VP Mike Pence

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – Southern Baptists will once again welcome former Vice President Mike Pence to their annual meeting in June. The onetime Republican governor of Indiana will headline a lunch event sponsored by the SBC’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission entitled, "Navigating Faith in the Public Square: A Conversation with Mike Pence” at the convention’s annual meeting on June 11 at 11:30 a.m. in Indianapolis.

Some churches shatter Annie Offering goals

BRANFORD, Fla. (BP) -- When Pastor Brett Patterson set a $2,000 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering (AAEO) goal for Hatch Bend Baptist Church earlier this year, it seemed like a bit of a stretch. That was double the church’s goal from recent years.

Southern Baptists ‘Fill the Tank’ nationwide, celebrating new life in Christ

LEXINGTON, Ga. (BP) — The last two years have been a whirlwind for Pastor Matt Bartlett and Lexington Baptist Church in Lexington, Ga. At its recent low point, the 176-year-old church had 39 people in attendance, with half being from the pastor’s own family and friends.

Missouri lay pastor uses ‘borrowed time’ to help start rural church

CHULA, Mo. (BP) – John Parks’ niece has a name for him – cat of nine lives. To look back at his last decade, one would have to agree.

Historic rural church building, empty for five years, houses new congregation

CHULA, Mo. (BP) – Amanda Hicks knew there were bees inside the building that once housed Chula Baptist Church. Everyone in the small Missouri town knew that. The old church had been sitting empty for nearly five years, the last of four churches that once served the small community of Chula, Missouri. While it sat empty, bees had made a home inside it, but everyone thought the bees were hiding in the walls.

‘Watershed moment’: State Baptist conventions make progress on sexual abuse reforms

PETAL, Mississippi (BP) – Brad Eubank hasn’t always been optimistic about Southern Baptist efforts to prevent sexual abuse. The Mississippi pastor and sexual abuse survivor remembers a grim meeting at the SBC Executive Committee in 2014 when his concerns fell on deaf ears.

Churches sharing the Gospel, planting seeds as holidays approach

BOSTON (BP) – In the nearly four centuries since its founding as America’s first park, Boston Common has witnessed some of the most important news events of American history – from public hangings during Colonial days to celebrating American independence in 1776 to Union soldier recruitment in the 1860s.

Veteran’s service fuels ministry to prisoners, law enforcement

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) — August 9, 1967, could’ve been the last day on earth for Warrant Officer Paul Davis. Yet God had other plans for his life.