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  • Factory or horseback, bivocational pastor thrives

    by Sue Sprenkle, posted Thursday, January 04, 2018 (11 days 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 (3 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 (3 months ago)

    Screen capture from The Village Church
    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 (4 months ago) screen capture
    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

  • FIRST-PERSON: The urban/rural divide

    by Barry E. Fields, posted Friday, November 11, 2016 (one year ago)

    Amid the urban/rural divide as seen in the Nov. 8 election, there's a place for fruitful, far-reaching ministry in country or county seat churches, Barry Fields writes. Of the roughly 50,000 churches and missions in the Southern Baptist Convention, the vast majority are in rural areas, he notes. Read More

  • Hispanic fellowship to meet in conjunction with SBC

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, November 02, 2016 (one year ago)

    WICHITA, Kan. (BP) -- The National Fellowship of Hispanic Southern Baptist Churches, in a gathering intense in worship, held its ninth annual congress at Iglesia Bautista Casa de Dios in Wichita, where Abraham Arevalo is pastor.

    About 80 people from 24 churches participated in the Oct. 27-29 sessions, reported Elias Bracamonte, first vice president of the organization named in Spanish the Confraternidad Nacional de Iglesias Hispanas Bautistas del Sur. Read More

  • Korean Council discusses bridging the generations

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, June 30, 2016 (one year ago)

    TACOMA, Wash. (BP) -- Ministry in second-generation/English-language settings became a key topic of discussion during the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America's annual meeting in Tacoma, Wash. Read More

  • Korean fellowship vote echoes SBC annual meeting

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, June 30, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by David Chae
    TACOMA, Wash. (BP) -- An uncontested third-ballot election for president of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America was among 35th annual meeting highlights in Tacoma, Wash.

    The four-day gathering, attended by 600 messengers and 100 children, was held at Tacoma First Baptist Church, a Korean congregation that is the largest church in the Northwest Baptist Convention of Washington, Oregon and northern Idaho. About 2,000 people gather for Sunday worship at Tacoma First.

    "Our pastor wants to serve our Korean Southern Baptist pastors," said Paul Yoo, associate pastor for seniors. "All church members, same mind, same heart." Read More