Ministry

Slender Man stabbings expose ‘prisoners of the moment,’ Baptist educator says

Recent stabbings reportedly inspired by a dark fictional character have many blaming parents and social media. But the problem goes much deeper than that, says a divinity school professor.

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Wedding words

On the responsibility, and opportunity, of officiating a wedding in post-Christian America. 

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Healthy church, preacher produce rare gift: pastoral longevity

Jack Glasgow has been the pastor at Zebulon Baptist Church in North Carolina for 32 years — and he was part-time there for five years before that. Experts say such longevity is very healthy — and rare — for today’s congregations.

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Mission trip reflects growing shift as participants experience ‘transformation’

Increasingly, mission trips are evaluated not only by the impact on the target area, but on those who minister. It’s a shift in attitudes toward domestic and international outreach.

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Network provides ‘Oasis’ from youth minister burnout

Seemingly unending problems in youths’ lives, working nights and weekends and high expectations from parents and pastors with relatively low pay result in high levels of stress for youth ministers.

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Baptist ministries see spike in young applicants

Organization leaders say college and graduate students are more interested in longer-term, relationship-building projects than they are in quick-hit mission experiences. 

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'Redneck opera singer' got start in church

Paris, Texas, native Jay Hunter Morris is the son of a Southern Baptist music minister who followed in his father's footsteps until he found opera.

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Don’t suck

If you’re answering a call to professional ministry, please don’t suck. This work is too important for anything less than excellent.

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Ministries blending food and faith

Churches, divinity schools, CBF and others see interest among Christians who want their food choices and ministries to reflect concern for the poor and the environment. 

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Baylor student gives life to stranger

A Texas teenager, who on a whim signed up for a bone-marrow registry, became a lifesaver for a Missouri man suffering from leukemia. Both credit the circumstances and timing to God.

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