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What the church started during the pandemic that it needs to continue

TYRONE, Ga. (BP) – More than we’d like to admit, life changes and it never goes back to the way it was. Yet, if life were a coin, there would be two sides. There would be the side of … more

IMB trustees appoint 46 new missionaries; celebrate reports of increased engagement

International Mission Board trustees approved the appointment of 46 new full-time, fully funded missionaries, while also honoring the service of 87 missionaries and staff during their Feb. 1-2 … more

Sending Celebration connects churches to the nations

It was an emotional night for Coats Baptist Church from Coats, North Carolina. Fifty church members barely held back whoops of joy as “their” missionaries took the stage at the Feb. 1 … more

Ministers’ tax guide released by GuideStone

First appeared in The Baptist newspaper, January 31, 2023 issue.  Used with Permission. GuideStone Financial Resources has released its most popular annual publication, the 2023 … more

Lessons learned between calling and commissioning

The day after Alli McCarty graduated college, she went on her first mission trip. She wasn’t a believer yet, but a few weeks after that life-changing experience, she put her faith in Christ. From … more

Leslie Montgomery said there were too many ‘messy years in the middle’

The summer before Leslie Montgomery started 8th grade, her church hired a youth pastor whose parents lived and served as missionaries in Tanzania. Hearing them share and teach about what they had … more

First Person: God was faithful to George Liele, so I know He’ll be faithful to me

A trailblazer – that’s who George Liele was. He was born into slavery. His owner freed him so he could pursue God’s call on his life. He stayed in the antebellum American South and faithfully … more

The Beatitudes for Pastors

First appeared in The Baptist newspaper, January 24, 2023 issue.  Used with Permission. In so many ways, pastoring is the greatest job in the world — mostly because it is not a … more

Downloadable Tech Backgrounds for February 2023

Remember to pray for missions with these custom backgrounds for your computer and mobile devices. Using IMB photos from around the world, you can focus your attention on an area of the world in need … more

Missionaries offer more than blue bear to encourage Flemish

A big blue bear sits on a park bench, arm extended to the side as if inviting people to come and talk. Writing on the bench does just that, invites passersby to sit and talk because “Warme William … more

San Diego Southern Baptist Association Celebrates 80th Anniversary of God’s Goodness

It is considered an enormous blessing when the LORD sends rain in a drought-susceptible area of Southern California (SoCal). The winter storm did not hinder… more

Mesa Church Community Bonfire Night

Mesa Church partnered with a local realtor and coffee shop to host a community night on Wednesday December 28, 2022 to meet more families in our neighborhood. We utilized the bounce house from the … more

6 things to help make your mission trip impactful

Let’s face it, churches spend a whole lot of money and time doing short-term mission trips around the globe. If we are going to invest so much, let’s do it right by being intentional from the … more

3 things to consider before downsizing your ministry staff

First appeared in The Baptist paper newspaper, January 12, 2023 issue.  Used with Permission. Anytime the economy is struggling, or during inflationary times, it’s perfectly normal for … more

Visual Scripture resonates in Deaf African hearts

Abdulai had never heard the name of Jesus. As one of Africa’s many Deaf peoples, that’s understandable. But he’d never seen Jesus’ name signed or read about a Savior in the Bible. “My … more

Recapturing evangelism

Editor’s note: The following is an excerpt from Recapturing Evangelism by Matt Queen, vice president for academic administration at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The … more

BETTER TO LIGHT A CANDLE THAN TO CURSE THE DARKNESS

“You are the light of the world . . . let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16. Powered by the light of … more

William Carey University hosts Medical Missions Emphasis Week

Dr. Rebekah Naylor of the International Mission Board visited William Carey University Nov. 28-30, 2022 to talk about her experience as a medical missionary – and how students and faculty can get … more

Want more people in the pews this weekend? Try these 12 tips

First appeared in The  Baptist Paper newspaper, January 11, 2023 issue.  Used with Permission. We’re now beginning to see attendance at some churches meet or exceed pre-COVID … more

George Liele Church Planting, Evangelism, and Missions Sunday materials available

The International Mission Board is inviting all Southern Baptists to recognize Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, as George Liele Church Planting, Evangelism, and Missions Sunday. George Liele Sunday is an annual … more
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