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4 Ministry Trends to Watch in 2021

Whenever I’m asked to comment on certain trends that show up in surveys and projects from Lifeway Research, I hesitate. Looking at data and then predicting the future can sometimes lead … more

Primera Iglesia Bautista de San Ysidro Baptisms

We thank God for the baptisms we’ve been able to have even during the pandemic. Our original plan was to have 8 baptisms on Thanksgiving Sunday; unfortunately 2 of the 8 baptisms were … more

5 Gifts You Can Give Your Children During COVID (and Beyond)

We are going through an unprecedented time. The COVID pandemic has caused a tremendous amount of stress in many ways, from unexpected grief and loss to financial concerns to major lifestyle changes, … more

NAAF leaders, seminary presidents hold ‘honest and open conversation’

NASHVILLE (BP) – A multi-ethnic group of Southern Baptist leaders described a meeting Wednesday (Jan. 6) as productive and trust-building, saying although they did not agree on all points, they … more

‘Biggest movement of God I’ve seen’ after scores of unscheduled baptisms at Tennessee church

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – Noah Iacob lived for only a week two years ago. But his story is one interwoven with others’ as part of a revival taking place at Long Hollow Baptist … more

Great Commission is ‘first priority,’ Allen tells MBTS graduates

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) – Cars in the parking lots on Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s campus were sparse this December, and fewer seats than usual were occupied in the Daniel Lee … more

Two churches become one with a vision to reach their community

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) – Woodlawn Baptist Church recently celebrated their 94th anniversary. Mitch Tapson, pastor of 10 years, has seen church attendance drop by half as members have died … more

The Key to Loving People Who Hate You

From time to time, I run into people who pretty much hate me. Once upon a time, they liked me (I think), but something happened, and I got unfriended—dramatically. These encounters are … more

A Halloween Quest to Share the Light of Jesus

In a year where COVID-19 has generated a laundry list of thou-shall-nots, Quest Church in El Cajon hit the pause button long enough to host a four-hour Halloween event designed to create sweet … more

Pastor of burned church encouraged by outpouring of love

PHILADELPHIA (BP) – Though Pastor Philip Pham and the members of Vietnamese Baptist Church are sad and frustrated by the burning of their church building Tuesday night (Oct. 27), they … more

Why Good Sleep Is Essential for Leadership

We leaders need our brains to function at their peak and sleep can help them do that. Sleep. Ahhhhh. Wonderful, restful, sleep. Something we all crave and often don’t get enough of. For … more

Francis Chan: What Is the Key to Unity in the Church?

Unity in the church is important. But so is not compromising the truth. Francis Chan wants to know: How do Christians pursue unity without compromising the essential doctrines of Christianity? And … more

Southern Baptists near 500K meals prepared during hurricane response

PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) – Every year, the World Meteorological Organization maintains a list of 21 official names for major storms that originate in the Atlantic. In 2020, the season has been so … more

Military wives ‘have their cup filled’ at WMU retreat

SOPHIA, N.C. (BP) – Military wives and families “share their loved one with the world,” said Mary Gray, a former military wife and current military family advocate. She is committed … more

MacArthur Dodges Legal Action From Government for a Fourth Time

On Monday August 24, 2020, Los Angeles County returned to the courts for a fourth time in an attempt to shut down Grace Community Church’s indoor worship services. The county’s … more

The Government Is Not Caesar: Andy Stanley Defends Decision to Suspend Services

Pastor Andy Stanley of North Point Church in Atlanta, Georgia defended his decision to continue suspending in-person services in a sermon on Sunday, August 16, 2020. Stanley … more

How to Love Other Christians When We Don’t Agree

As a second generation Filipino-American I am very aware of my “otherness”—whether it’s at church on Sunday which includes a 30-minute worship set with a beautiful LED screen … more

Update

Most pastors are struggling with the regathering process because we are clearly in a time where strategic wisdom is required. First of all, I personally believe the enemy of the church is trying to … more

50th Anniversary of Lifeway Baptist Church, Vista

Sunday, June 21, 2020 will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of Lifeway Baptist Church in Vista.  Plans for special services and events to commemorate Lifeway Church’s historic … more

‘Class of 2019’ church plants turn challenges into ministry opportunities

OAKLAND, Calif. (NAMB) — Church planting missionaries expect obstacles when launching new ministries in parts of North America that need gospel-proclaiming churches. For the “class of … more
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