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Wilton (Conn.) Baptist Church is among many congregations covered in snow in this winter. (Photo by Jason Coker)
Wilton (Conn.) Baptist Church is among many congregations covered in snow in this winter. (Photo by Jason Coker)

Pastors wary as winter weather takes financial toll on nation’s churches

From the South to the Northeast, churches in varying degrees are being affected this winter by extremes of cold, snow and ice.

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Sunday communities at Johns Creek Baptist Church offer socializing, pastoral care and exposure to expert-led seminars. (JCBC photo)
Sunday communities at Johns Creek Baptist Church offer socializing, pastoral care and exposure to expert-led seminars. (JCBC photo)

Baptist church transforms Sunday school into community and pastoral care

Johns Creek Baptist Church in Georgia has quit Sunday school in favor of Sunday communities for its adult age groups. The communities, taught by rotating teachers, provide pastoral care and social opportunities for their members.

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Vote postponed on ouster of Alabama church over gay marriage

A winter storm has postponed tonight’s vote on an Alabama Baptist church at odds with its local association over gay marriage.

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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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