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  • WWII-era couple's sacrifice yields new Hispanic church

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Tennessee Baptist and Reflector, posted Monday, July 24, 2017 (3 days ago)

    Photo by Lonnie Wilkey
    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- Missions has been a way of life for Earl and Violet Newcomb since the mid-1950s in helping start six churches.

    Earl Newcomb served as song leader while operating a business in Franklin, Tenn., and Violet served as pianist and church treasurer.

    "Lord, open the door and we will go," they always said.

    In 1975 the couple helped begin their last church, Harpeth First Baptist in rural ... Read More

  • Refugee of communist China plants churches in Okla.

    by Daniel Woodman, posted Friday, July 14, 2017 (12 days ago)

    Photo by John Stroup.
    TULSA, Okla. (BP) -- Outgoing National Asian American Fellowship President Ted Lam has a dream of unprecedented Asian church planting in the U.S., and he has a plan to accomplish it.

    His personal testimony of escape from communist China is a tool to help him carry out that plan.

    After serving more than a decade as a church planting leader with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, Lam was elected in 2016 as the first president ... Read More

  • Church planting 'Class of 2016' successes reported

    by NAMB staff, posted Tuesday, June 06, 2017 (one month ago)

    Photo courtesy of Filipino International Baptist Church North
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- In March of this year, Filipino International Baptist Church North in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, celebrated its one year anniversary by baptizing eight new believers. That brought the total number of baptisms for the first year of the church to 17.

    Church planting missionary Bayani Taligato says his approach has been simple. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Why we plant churches

    by Dennis Conner, posted Friday, May 19, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Church planting, Dennis Conner notes, provides a way to engage people who need a cultural connection "to develop relationships of trust and understanding that are essential to hearing the Gospel and responding in faith." Read More

  • Vacation in the desert kindles call to Ariz.

    by Dave Arden/Arizona Portraits, posted Tuesday, May 09, 2017 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Natalie Montgomery
    SEDONA, Ariz. (BP) -- The two-hour drive to Sedona was an uncomfortable one for Josh Jennings, balking at his wife's vacation plans in the middle of the Arizona desert after the 2011 Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix.

    But when Josh and Shannon arrived in Sedona -- 2,000-plus miles removed from their South Carolina home -- something happened they did not expect. There, in the midst of the red rock pillars and majestic mountain cliffs, they were drawn to this unique culture. Read More

  • Send Institute spreading church planting knowledge

    by Staff, posted Thursday, April 27, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Photo by John Swain/NAMB
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- When evangelical pastors from Germany visited the North American Mission Board two years ago to tour the facility and learn more about how the entity helps church planters, they left with great appreciation for the effectiveness and commitment of Southern Baptists. They also left asking if they could use NAMB training materials with church planters in their own nation. Read More

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

    by Tobin Perry, posted Monday, March 20, 2017 (4 months 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 (5 months ago)

    Photo provided
    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 (6 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