Houston native Nick Deere is the current pastoral resident at First Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. — one of a growing number of congregations with pastoral resident programs. (Photo by Dean Hawthorne)
Houston native Nick Deere is the current pastoral resident at First Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. — one of a growing number of congregations with pastoral resident programs. (Photo by Dean Hawthorne)

Pastoral residencies picking up as churches expand ministry, purpose

Inviting young, developing ministers into the full ministry experience can invigorate congregations while providing the larger church with talented clergy capable of avoiding burnout. 

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At Convergence, being missional cuts two ways

At Convergence, being missional cuts two ways

And the arts are at the heart of this Christian community.

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Alabama Baptist church faces ouster for pastor’s gay-friendly views

A Baptist church mentioned in news coverage of the first day legal marriages were performed in Alabama faces expulsion from its local association of Southern Baptist churches.

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Children play and color with materials provided by a Jacksonville church as part of its Laundromat of Love ministry. (Photo by Alyce Rogers)
Children play and color with materials provided by a Jacksonville church as part of its Laundromat of Love ministry. (Photo by Alyce Rogers)

Florida church builds partnerships with schools, nonprofits — and laundromats

The Well at Springfield in Jacksonville, Fla., seeks ministry opportunities through partnerships that connect people and institutions that usually wouldn't meet. One ministry pays for loads of laundry at a local laundromat.

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Eight showers, plus a bank of washers and dryers, have enabled First Baptist Chattanooga to meet a critical need in the city's homeless community. (Steven Depolo/Creative Commons)
Eight showers, plus a bank of washers and dryers, have enabled First Baptist Chattanooga to meet a critical need in the city's homeless community. (Steven Depolo/Creative Commons)

Baptist church finds downtown niche in shower ministry

A ministry of First Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., to the downtown homeless community was launched by young voices who ascertained a need for this unmet service in the city.

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A band plays on the steps of Druid Hills Baptist Church, part of the way it engages its community by opening its spaces to arts groups. (DHBC Facebook photo)
A band plays on the steps of Druid Hills Baptist Church, part of the way it engages its community by opening its spaces to arts groups. (DHBC Facebook photo)

Property sale positions Atlanta church to engage its vibrant neighborhood

Druid Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta has sold nearly 3 acres of its campus to a developer who will build apartments, shops and restaurants, positioning itself for ministries in its thriving urban area.

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SBC megachurch challenges discrimination law in Dallas suburb

Opponents of an ordinance banning discrimination against gays and transgendered people are closing on a deadline for collecting enough petition signatures to force either repeal or a voter referendum.

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Hillcrest Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala. will gift its property to Volunteers of America, which will use it as is corporate offices and as a ministry incubator. (Hillcrest Facebook photo)
Hillcrest Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala. will gift its property to Volunteers of America, which will use it as is corporate offices and as a ministry incubator. (Hillcrest Facebook photo)

Church will gift its property to become ‘ministry incubator’

Facing financial challenges due to years of membership declines, Hillcrest Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala., has agreed to gift its property to Volunteers of America in exchange for continuing to worship there.

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Imam Imad Enchassi (left) and Mitch Randall, pastor of NorthHaven Church in Norman, Okla. Randall and the church have a continuing relationship with the imam and his Muslim community.
Imam Imad Enchassi (left) and Mitch Randall, pastor of NorthHaven Church in Norman, Okla. Randall and the church have a continuing relationship with the imam and his Muslim community.

Oklahoma church paves way on interfaith and missions

NorthHaven Church in Norman, Okla., stands out for its persistent outreach efforts to Muslims, Jews and other faiths. It's also home to many former members of other Christian traditions.

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Finding the Christian response in the death of a congregation

Finding the Christian response in the death of a congregation

Baptist megachurch pastor Rick Warren urged members at the closing of Mars Hill Church in Seattle on Sunday to avoid bitterness and embrace gratitude. But are Christians capable of such a spiritual perspective when faced with something as demoralizing as the death of a church?

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