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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Veteran Baptist communicator Orville Scott dies

The longtime Baptist communicator earned a reputation as the informal “poet laureate” of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

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Family suggests memorial gifts for Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler

Survivors of the longtime leader in both the Southern Baptist Convention and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship say the best way to honor her is to support causes that help women and the CBF.

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Chaouki Boulos prays and shares the gospel with a participant at a women’s prayer meeting in Lebanon, often attended by Syrian civil war refugees. (CBF photo)
Chaouki Boulos prays and shares the gospel with a participant at a women’s prayer meeting in Lebanon, often attended by Syrian civil war refugees. (CBF photo)

In thick of Syrian refugee crisis, couple learns to ‘love the enemy’

Chaouki and Maha Boulos are serving Syrian civil war refugees in their native Lebanon not only an act of ministry but also as an exercise in living Jesus’ command to love your enemy.

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Former international seminary head John David Hopper dies

John David Hopper, commissioned in 1992 as one of the first Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel, has died at the age of 80.

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Insurance company settles with Missouri Baptist Convention

The Missouri Baptist Convention has received $5 million in partial settlement of a trial court’s judgment against the Missouri Baptist Foundation, despite the fact that the decision is under appeal.

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Pastors will gather in Atlanta next week for the third-annual young pastors gathering. (Church Facebook photo)
Pastors will gather in Atlanta next week for the third-annual young pastors gathering. (Church Facebook photo)

Cost-effective conference fosters fellowship for busy and financially challenged pastors

Keeping annual gatherings simple, focused and free helps young pastors avoid costly annual conferences.

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Georgia Baptists stand by fired Atlanta fire chief

Georgia Baptists support “Christians who are standing up for biblical principles and who are being punished or marginalized for their faith,” according to a statement issued by leaders.

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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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Lobbyist’s wife still missing after six months

Six months after searching full time for his missing wife, Missouri Baptist lobbyist Kerry Messer is re-engaging in politics for the 2015 legislative session getting underway in Jefferson City.

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Elmo Johnson, pastor of Rose of Sharon Baptist Church in inner-city Houston, talks with neighbors on the street. (Ken Camp/Baptist Standard)
Elmo Johnson, pastor of Rose of Sharon Baptist Church in inner-city Houston, talks with neighbors on the street. (Ken Camp/Baptist Standard)

Pastor credits God for transforming once-seedy neighborhood

Once rife with drug dealers and addicts, Houston’s Midtown secton was adopted and transformed by the care of a Baptist congregation and its nonprofit community development agency. 

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Carolyn Weatherford Crumpler remembered as hero in Baptist life

The former Woman’s Missionary Union head who retired early in 1989 to become a pastor’s wife continued in her dedication to Christian service until the day she died.

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Military personnel with depression and PTSD are among those being ministered to by current and former military chaplains. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Paige Pendleton)
Military personnel with depression and PTSD are among those being ministered to by current and former military chaplains. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Paige Pendleton)

Baptist chaplains wage offensive for military care

Current and retired military chaplains are responding to the spiritual, emotional and physical consequences of unprecedented frequency and duration of wartime operations.

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Glorieta lawsuit reassigned to new judge

Homeowner Kirk Tompkins claims to have new evidence in a case that a previous federal magistrate recommended for dismissal.

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Baptist leaders fear churches will face irrelevance without the courage to embrace change in 2015. (Shruti Muralidhar/Creative Commons photo)
Baptist leaders fear churches will face irrelevance without the courage to embrace change in 2015. (Shruti Muralidhar/Creative Commons photo)

Baptist leaders eye hopes, fears for church in 2015

Putting Christ first, embracing missional ministry, avoiding difficult changes and failing to heed God’s call top the agenda of hopes and fears for churches in the coming year. 

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Missions leader Carolyn Crumpler dies

A longtime leader in both the Southern Baptist Convention and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship has died after 18 months of complications from coronary bypass surgery.

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Campbell University elects Brad Creed as president

The former dean of Baylor’s Truett Seminary has been provost and executive vice president at Samford University since 2006.

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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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State engineer orders Glorieta to cease pumping water

Neighbors allege the conference center was wasting water and draining the aquifer basin that fed their wells — an assertion Glorieta officials deny.

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Louisiana College updates whistleblower policy

The Louisiana Baptist Convention-related school still hasn’t settled on a lead candidate to replace a former president who resigned amid controversy in 2014.

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