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  • Small church, bivocational group offers free education

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 27, 2018 (23 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As Joe Wright Jr. and his wife Pennie worshiped with a Southern Baptist congregation of 12 members in the Tennessee Delta just a few weeks ago, the pastor's participation was noticeable.

    "We sat there and watched the pastor open his hymnbook and without a piano, he led those 12 people in about three songs," said Wright, in his fourth month as executive director of the Bivocational & Small Church Leadership Network (BSCLN). '"When he was done, he shut the hymnbook, and he said let's pray. And he prayed, and he said, 'It's time for the preaching.' And he opened the Bible, ... Read More

  • '100 percent world-aware': goal of Korean church

    by Karen Willoughby, posted Friday, July 06, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Semihan Church.
    CARROLLTON, Texas (BP) -- The world is the common denominator -- and the focus of prayer -- for an array of ministries of Semihan Church in Carrollton, Texas, site of the 2018 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist fellowship known informally as the "Korean Council."

    Even Semihan's name reflects the link: "Se" is part of a Korean word for world; "mi" is part of a word for the United States, and "Han" is found in a word for Korea.

    Semihan's ministries include special needs, refugee, American Indian, Bangladeshi and Korean people groups. New this fall is an outreach to English-speaking Americans who are friends, neighbors and coworkers of the 1,600 adult Koreans who worship each week at the church. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A normal Baptist church

    by Randy C. Davis, posted Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (5 months ago)

    Randy Davis tells of visiting a "normal" Baptist church in a "normal" rural community led by a "normal" bivocational pastor. But churches like First Baptist Howell are "pretty exceptional in my book," Davis writes. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The blessings of a portable church

    by Lori McDaniel, posted Friday, March 09, 2018 (6 months ago)

    "No labor was ever more fulfilling," Lori McDaniel writes, than being part of a "church-in-a-trailer" in a school for five years. Now that the church has its own building, she writes, it's "just a toolbox," like the school, for believers in sharing the Gospel. Read More

  • Factory or horseback, bivocational pastor thrives

    by Sue Sprenkle, posted Thursday, January 04, 2018 (8 months ago)

    Photo by Sue Sprenkle
    AUGUSTA, Kan. (BP) -- Each workstation is a flurry of activity. Plastic bottles stream down the conveyer belts. Hands reach out to adjust each bottle to face the same direction before they go to plastic wrap. Across the floor, someone shouts above the rickety-racket to shut down one of the machines and reload.

    Don Mayberry walks through the factory's maze of machines and activity, stopping to talk to each person. He asks about family, the latest sports event or simply how their day is going. His conversations with coworkers inevitably end in smiles, laughter and lighthearted teasing along with his trademark fist bump or the occasional side-hug.

    It's the same at the cowboy church Mayberry pastors in Augusta, Kan. Read More

  • Federal help after Harvey outlined to Texas churches

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (11 months ago)

    Photo by Jane Rodgers
    VIDOR, Texas (BP) -- While FEMA money is not generally accessible to churches, disaster recovery help from the federal government is available in the form of low-interest loans, Susheel Kumar, public information officer for the Small Business Administration's Office of Disaster Assistance, told Texas pastors and church staff Oct. 5 in the Golden Triangle Baptist Network.

    Network acting director Mark Adams of Beaumont's First Baptist Church called Kumar's information both "critical" and "time-sensitive." Read More

  • Multisite: TX church's decision spurs talk of trends

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 06, 2017 (one year ago)

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    FLOWER MOUND, Texas (BP) -- The decision of a Dallas megachurch to transition its six campuses into autonomous churches illustrates what some see as a trend in the multisite model.

    Still, those who study multisite ministry say it remains a viable missions and evangelism strategy for healthy churches.

    Matt Chandler, pastor of the Dallas-area Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, announced Sept. 24 that the church's five remaining campuses will all become autonomous churches by 2022 to maximize the "capacity to contextually reach the city of Dallas with the Gospel of Jesus Christ." The 11,400-attendee Southern Baptist church previously transitioned one campus to an independent congregation in 2015, Christianity Today reported. Read More

  • In Irma-shattered Caribbean, Baptists arrive to help

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, September 11, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (BP) -- Days after Hurricane Irma killed at least 34 people and destroyed entire communities in the Caribbean and West Indies, Southern Baptist partners are on site assessing the most urgent needs for assistance.

    A Baptist Global Response disaster assessment and response team arrived Sunday night (Sept. 10) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, BGR CEO Jeff Palmer told Baptist Press today, and is working in cooperation with the North American Mission Board to meet the immediate life-preserving needs of ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Small but healthy

    by Jeff Iorg, posted Monday, December 05, 2016 (one year ago)

    Seminary president Jeff Iorg visits a church of 60 in worship -- one that's "neither stagnant nor dying; it's just small -- and very healthy." Without such churches, he notes, "millions of Americans wouldn't know the joy of Christian fellowship and service." Read More