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Where Are You Finding Your Identity?

More than any other time, I am hearing people say phrases like “I need to find myself again,” or “I feel like I don’t know who I am anymore.” Some are changing ZIP … more

Long Hollow revival steeped in prayer sees 1,000 baptisms since December

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – These days at Long Hollow Baptist Church, interruptions aren’t considered bad. The plan isn’t as crucial as the response. Things flow from a position of … more

Pastors, Programs, or People: Who Makes Disciples in Your Church?

A healthy church is made up of members who see each other as family and feel a sense of responsibility for others' growth, as well as their own. … more

4 Questions to Consider When Making Godly Decisions

As pastors, we’re often asked hard questions about how to make decisions. People will come to us and ask, “Can I be a good Christian and still do ___________?” Sometimes the … more

The Key to Helping People Find Their Ministry Fit

If you’ve been reading my Ministry Toolbox articles for a while, you’re probably familiar with the concept of SHAPE—but you may not understand it fully.  For us at … more

What Your Money Reveals About You

“Trust in your money and down you go! Trust in God and flourish as a tree!” Proverbs 11:28 (TLB) God uses money to test you to see if you’re ready for greater … more

Press Release for San Diego Today

Congratulations to newly ordained minister Christopher Groves by two Bay Park churches, See World Church, a Korean Church, and Sonlight Church, both of which meet in the same building on … more

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
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