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Why churches need to be multigenerational, and why it’s hard to do

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article originally ran at chucklawless.com. Many churches consist of one primary generation, and that’s not the healthiest church. At … more

What a week at New Song Community Church!

We hosted our 20th annual Kids Camp July 12-16, 2021.  We enjoyed a record number of in attendance and salvations with 327 and 86, respectively.  God is good! We offered 10 … more

Amid revival, Nashville megachurch mourns beloved staff pastor Chris Swain

(RNS) — For the past seven months, Long Hollow Baptist Church has been a place of miracles and wonder. Like many congregations, Long Hollow had experienced a downturn due to COVID-19. In … more

Embarrassment about being a Christian

Editor’s Note: Jeff Iorg is president of Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention. ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) – Southern Baptist churches, based on our baptism reports, are less … more

United Church of Christ declares racism a public health crisis

(RNS) — The United Church of Christ kicked off its Special Edition General Synod on Sunday (July 11) by passing a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis. Delegates to the … more

‘Lord, We Didn’t Want To Be In the News. Not for This’

UPDATED July 13, 2021: For a second straight week, Clear Creek Community Church in Texas was forced to hold worship services online due to a large COVID-19 outbreak that originated … more

Senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Clairemont

My name is Adam Christman and I am a California native. I grew up in Bakersfield, and the Lord saved me in my home there when my mother led me to the Lord. I married Rachel just over 15 years ago, … more

California pastor named to search committee for ERLC leader

SAN DIEGO—A California Southern Baptist pastor from the San Diego area has been tapped to serve on the search committee to find the next president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious … more

The Pathway to Humility

Leaders can often become their own biggest obstacle. When they start to see fruitfulness in their ministries, they may be tempted to make everything about themselves. This, of course, is … more

Her Pandemic Prayers Went Viral

Jen Pollock Michel wrote “20 Prayers to Pray During This Pandemic” for Christianity Today in March, while being quarantined for two weeks at her home in Toronto, … more

SEBTS prison ministry program bears fruit as graduation nears

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) — A single bar of soap was all he needed to survive. Either give a fellow incarcerated person a single bar of soap to square a debt behind prison walls, or suffer the … more

FIRST-PERSON: The Good Samaritan

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – Thad didn’t have a choice. He commuted on foot to work each night, and his route took him through a dangerous section of town and down a darkened block with a … more

Navigating the latest rocky waters of denominational life

The glow on the little guy’s face as the children’s pastor surfaced him from the portable baptismal pool triggered a sprinkling of water down several cheeks in the sanctuary. A … more

Florida pastor uses BBQ sauce to reach souls

YULEE, Fla. (BP) – When stores in Northeast Florida receive a delivery of Yulee BBQ Sauce they’re getting more than a collection of sauces and rub with tangy flavor perfect for … more

Churchgoers Working on Sunday Could Spark Outreach Opportunities for Churches

The Church of Eleven22 didn’t plan on having a worship service on a different day, but they were meeting in another church’s building at the time and outgrew all of their Sunday morning … more

SBC Wrap

NASHVILLE—Three California Southern Baptists were appointed by the International Mission Board, several were elected to serve on SBC boards and committees in the future and three were … more

Wes Coddington

Stunned! I can’t think of a more descriptive adjective to explain my feelings when I read Karen Coddington’s short paragraph announcing the battle of her husband, Wes, against … more

When Southern Baptists Share the Gospel with Democrats, You May Get Christian Democrats!

I grew up in a liberal family in Southern California. I belonged to the Bahá’í faith and was raised by two hippies. My grandfather was the first civil rights writer for … more

How to Trim Your Sermon for Maximum Effectiveness

Giving your message a good trim can turn a good sermon into a great one. In a great sermon, every word is solid, lean meat; it’s all muscle. You don’t have filler or … more

7 Steps to Leading Through Change

When I served as a campus and executive pastor in the D.C. area, I recruited a man named Bob Krulogoski as a small group leader at our first multisite campus. As our campus grew, we elevated Bob as a … more
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