First Baptist, Nashville votes to sell downtown lot

The historic Baptist church is hoping to capitalize on a portion of its downtown property across the street from Nashville’s massive new convention center complex.

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An interpreter, center, works with U.S. military members in Afghanistan. (Creative Commons photo by ISAF Media)
An interpreter, center, works with U.S. military members in Afghanistan. (Creative Commons photo by ISAF Media)

Baptist church strives to help Afghan Muslim find welcome, work

An Afghan physician who served as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan fled the revenge-seeking Taliban for a better life in the United States. NorthHaven Church in Norman, Okla., has welcomed him to worship and is trying to help him find work.

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Rather than trying to emulate spectacularly successful megachurches, church planters and struggling congregations should discern what works best in their community and put the Kingdom ahead of survival, church coaches say. (Creative Commons photo by Keoni Cabral)
Rather than trying to emulate spectacularly successful megachurches, church planters and struggling congregations should discern what works best in their community and put the Kingdom ahead of survival, church coaches say. (Creative Commons photo by Keoni Cabral)

No magic bullet for church survival, Rick Warren and other Baptists say

California pastor Rick Warren says too many churches want a quick ride to success, and Baptists who coach churches say they see the same tendencies.

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Pastor urges compassion for Ebola victim’s family

Wilshire Baptist Church pastor George Mason wonders about the reception church member Louise Troh will receive next week when she’s out of quarantine for exposure to Ebola.

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Kentucky Baptist Convention poised to dismiss Crescent Hill

A committee is recommending ouster of the one-time unofficial mother church of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary over the issue of homosexuality.

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Only the church’s cornerstone bears the old name at the Heights Community Church, which changed its name last Sunday. (Photo by Don Petersen for The Roanoke Times.)
Only the church’s cornerstone bears the old name at the Heights Community Church, which changed its name last Sunday. (Photo by Don Petersen for The Roanoke Times.)

Name changes challenge churches on Baptist identity

Pastors say it's important that churches which have dropped “Baptist” from their names remain transparent about Baptist affiliations on web sites and literature.

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Dallas Baptist church supports Ebola family

Wilshire Baptist Church Pastor George Mason calls it a “terrible privilege” to minister directly to a family suffering the effects of Ebola.

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First U.S. Ebola case hits home for Baptist church in Dallas

Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas has a personal connection to the first Ebola case diagnosed in the United States.

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Church treasurer charged with theft

Experts say congregations are particularly vulnerable to embezzlement, because they tend to place high trust in individuals and often lack financial controls.

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7 reasons why digital metrics matter to your church

Most church staff seldom pause long enough to wonder, “How do people think we are doing?”

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