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  • NAMB's 'Pray for Planters' seeks 10,000 churches

    by Tobin Perry, posted Monday, March 20, 2017 (one month ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Eight months ago, New Orleans church planting missionary Justin Haynes had no idea what Feb. 12-18, 2017, would have in store for him and his family. As far as he knew, the week he would be featured on the North American Mission Board's prayer calendar would be an ordinary week of sharing Christ, preparing sermons and working extra hours at a second job.

    Yet it was anything but ordinary.

    "The very week that the focus was on me and our church, I was diagnosed with ... Read More

  • El Paso-area church takes over local bar

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Wednesday, February 08, 2017 (2 months ago)

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    SAN ELIZARIO, Texas (BP) -- An El Paso-area church withstood the opposition of alleged drug traffickers and credit the protection of God as they sought to expand their presence in a strip shopping center in San Elizario, a city of 5,000 in El Paso County.

    Iglesia Bautista Dios con Nosotros, translated in English as "God with Us Baptist Church," quickly outgrew the small space rented in 2012 and expanded the storefront. Within a few years, they again needed more room, but the owner of Amigos Bar at the opposite end of the strip center had other ideas. Read More

  • Urban church planters sow amid complex demographics

    by Kimber Ross/Baptist Convention of New England, posted Thursday, January 12, 2017 (3 months ago)

    BOSTON (BP) -- Boston church planting catalyst Joe Souza has developed a unique strategy for working in the city: prayer driving.

    As a lifelong urbanite and an urban church planter in Rio de Janeiro, Orlando and now Boston, Souza frequently ponders how to reach the vast numbers of distinctive city dwellers, many of whom have radically different lifestyles from the average Christian. Read More

  • Greenwich, at Longitude 0°, seen for Gospel promise

    by Keith Collier/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (5 months ago)

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    LONDON (BP) -- The southeastern London borough of Greenwich, chosen in 1884 by delegates from 25 nations as the location of the prime meridian, or Longitude 0°, has served as the standard for mapping and world time zones ever since.

    The Royal Observatory is perched on a hill in the historic borough, home to the University of Greenwich and located just across the River Thames from Canary Wharf, London's bustling financial district. Greenwich's 270,000 residents are largely young professionals and students. Grounded in a secular worldview and seeming success, most of them feel no need for religion, much less the Gospel. Read More

  • Kim's journey undergirds call for church planting

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Thursday, October 13, 2016 (6 months ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Paul Kim visited New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with two goals: promoting Asian-American involvement in the Southern Baptist Convention and encouraging students to consider church planting.

    Kim is working to spread SBC awareness and build Cooperative Program support among Asian-American Baptists as the Asian-American relations consultant with the SBC's Executive Committee -- one of many Baptist leaders working with Frank S. Page, EC president, in an effort to understand and appreciate the diverse ethnic landscape in the SBC. Read More

  • Making the Bronx 'a better city' through discipleship

    by Mark Kelly, posted Wednesday, September 07, 2016 (7 months ago)

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    THE BRONX, New York City (BP) -- You've seen the pictures: burned-out buildings, junk cars littering vacant lots, drug dealers loitering on street corners. You've seen the news: In a single sweep recently, police arrested dozens of gang members accused of multiple murders, including the slaying of a 92-year-old woman.

    But the police can't fix the Bronx. Social workers can't heal the New York City borough, located north of Manhattan. Politicians? Read More

  • Awkward conversations fuel church plant in Phoenix

    by Mark Kelly, posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (8 months ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- When church planter Brian Bowman met Wes Sanders at Valley Life Church, the young congregation had just moved to a new location in the northern suburbs of Phoenix.

    "At the time, there were only about 50 of us, so it was easy to tell he was new," Bowman recalled. "I said, 'Hey, really glad you are here. I'd like to get coffee with you sometime.' Wes said, 'I want to bring my girlfriend Tiffany next Sunday. Maybe we all can talk then.'" Read More

  • NYC & Arizona church plants get boost from Kentucky

    by Alison Pulliam/Kentucky Today, posted Friday, August 12, 2016 (8 months ago)

    MAYFIELD, Ky. (BP) -- A Kentucky congregation gave an eye-popping $118,000 in a single day to support church plants in Arizona and New York.

    First Baptist Church in Mayfield collected the offering during its Founder's Day service Aug. 7 to share the Gospel with Native Americans on reservations in the desert Southwest and with urbanites in the nation's largest city.

    Senior pastor Wes Fowler, who has visited many of the areas where the churches are being planted, noted their desperate need the Gospel. Read More

  • Atheist responds to Baptists' service & love

    by Sabrina McDonald/Arkansas Baptist News, posted Friday, July 29, 2016 (9 months ago)

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    SEATTLE (BP) -- Kim Menon was an avowed atheist. As a child, her parents took her to church but no one could satisfy her with the answers she sought.

    "I thought believers just weren't intelligent enough," Menon said.

    Now a kindergarten teacher in Seattle, education is a central part of Menon's life. Striving to get involved in her students' lives and to know their parents, she believes that's how students best learn and grow. But Menon had no idea this path would lead her into a Christian commitment. Read More

  • Affton replant reclaims its community

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, July 29, 2016 (9 months ago)

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    AFFTON, Mo. (BP) -- An interim pastor told the dwindling, aging congregation he was to help "transition," that First Baptist Church of Affton was on its death journey.

    He showed them the statistics, demographics, and physically less-able status of members mostly in their 70s and beyond, and, "We told him we weren't just going to roll over and play dead," said Bill Wright, 72 and chairman of the deacons.

    But the church did die -- intentionally -- and on Easter, a new church was born. Read More