Was it easier then? The apostle Paul preaching in Athens. (Creative Commons photo by Wally Gobetz)
Was it easier then? The apostle Paul preaching in Athens. (Creative Commons photo by Wally Gobetz)

Author cites alarming trends in preacher burnout

A new book explores the challenges created by both ministers and congregations that lead to pastors quitting or being fired from their jobs.

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Children participate in a Trunk-or-Treat event at Cliff Temple Baptist Church. (Photo courtesy of Cliff Temple Baptist Church).
Children participate in a Trunk-or-Treat event at Cliff Temple Baptist Church. (Photo courtesy of Cliff Temple Baptist Church).

Merger, not just ministry, is how this church is engaging Hispanics

A Hispanic co-pastor and multicultural mission trips is how Cliff Temple Baptist Church in Dallas is reaching Latinos in its surrounding neighborhoods.  

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Gabe Swann, pastor of Church Arise, baptizes a Choctaw church member in the Mississippi River. (Photo courtesy of Gabe Swann)
Gabe Swann, pastor of Church Arise, baptizes a Choctaw church member in the Mississippi River. (Photo courtesy of Gabe Swann)

Choctaws in rural Mississippi find ‘open arms’ in church

A Mississippi congregation has spent years building relationships and trust with impoverished Native Americans in its midst, resulting in cooperation and ministry that has nourished both groups.

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Kentucky Baptists dismiss gay-friendly church

Kentucky Baptists voted Tuesday to accept a committee’s recommendation to withdraw fellowship from Crescent Hill Baptist Church.

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Female minister cited by association for dismissing S.C. church

A South Carolina church with a woman associate pastor has been disassociated from the Saluda Baptist Association, which cites scriptural prohibition against women in pastoral leadership.

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Second Baptist Church in Liberty, Mo., relies on humor, including characters K.C. and Moe, to promote its 24-month stewardship budget cycle, known as Catalyst. (Image provided by Second Baptist Church).
Second Baptist Church in Liberty, Mo., relies on humor, including characters K.C. and Moe, to promote its 24-month stewardship budget cycle, known as Catalyst. (Image provided by Second Baptist Church).

With humor and hard work, church changes its 'culture of giving'

Second Baptist Church in Liberty, Mo., has adopted a 24-month stewardship cycle with just one account for all items — creating greater congregational buy-in and fostering a culture of giving among members, church leaders and ministers say.

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Young adults gather for a charity bike ride at Pine Street Church. (Pine Street Facebook photo)
Young adults gather for a charity bike ride at Pine Street Church. (Pine Street Facebook photo)

Church attracts Millennials, in part, by hiring them

An American Baptist church in Boulder, Colo., was on the brink of closing when a radical redesign of worship, staff and social media presence created the conditions for “resurrection.”

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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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