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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While preaching through the Old Testament book of Jonah, Texas pastor Randall Worley, took wood from pallets, nailed it to plywood and painted scenes from the book on his rough canvas. (George Henson/Baptist Standard)
While preaching through the Old Testament book of Jonah, Texas pastor Randall Worley, took wood from pallets, nailed it to plywood and painted scenes from the book on his rough canvas. (George Henson/Baptist Standard)

Pastor blends art, preaching to share Good News

 A Texas pastor who grew up painting has found a way to incorporate the arts into his ministry. 

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(Creative Commons photo by Michaël Korchia)
(Creative Commons photo by Michaël Korchia)

For youth ministers, a challenge dealing with mental illness in adolescents

A Baylor University study finds that only half of youth ministers are trained to deal with depressed youth — and even fewer say they feel qualified to do so.

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Ken Hall fired as Baylor’s senior vice president

University president Ken Starr offers no reason for dismissal.

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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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Lane Riley (left) organizes CBF volunteers in Shaw, Miss. (Baptist News Global photo by Bob Allen)
Lane Riley (left) organizes CBF volunteers in Shaw, Miss. (Baptist News Global photo by Bob Allen)

Baptist churches aim to plant seeds of hope in the Delta

The CBF of Mississippi is getting behind a new ministry aimed at building hope in the cradle of the Delta Blues.

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Black Baptists in U.S. take on Ebola

A coalition of major African-American denominations has issued a call for fnancial and spiritual warfare against Ebola outbreaks in Libera, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

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American Baptist leader to advocate for people with disabilities

Curtis Ramsey-Lucas begins Nov. 4 as head of a faith outreach arm of the American Association of People with Disabilities. The job is part time, and he will continue to work for the domestic mission agency of the American Baptist Churches USA.

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Baptist-endorsed Army chaplain on front lines of Liberia Ebola battle

Col. Charles Reynolds is in Liberia to minister to U.S. military and civilian peronnel who are working to eradicate the deadly virus.

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Baptist takes multisite feature to churches looking for ‘good preaching’

A new company launched by Jim Somerville of First Baptist Church of Richmond, Va., offers rented or purchased sermons from respected preachers to small congregations, house churches and other faith communities without pastors.

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Shifting sands: Seminaries are at a crossroads

Shifting sands: Seminaries are at a crossroads

Shifts in American religious life have theological institutions navigating unfamiliar landscape.

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Shifting sands: Preaching abstinence

Looking to avoid seminary debt? Don’t borrow.

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Shifting sands: Wishing for seminary, thriving without it

What happens when there’s no time for theological education?

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Shifting sands: Bivocational ministry offers flexibility, freedom

Some ministers also value the close contact with the “real world.”

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Shifting sands: Against the trends, university launches college of theology

Does flexibility in theological education create its own market?

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BWA reconfirms 2015 Africa congress

Baptist World Alliance leaders polled Baptists around the world to confirm South Africa as the site for the 21st Baptist World Congress in response to fears of continuing Ebola outbreaks in other parts of the continent.

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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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French woman represents Baptists at Catholic synod

Representing the Baptist World Alliance, Valérie Duval-Poujol was the only woman among the eight fraternal delegates to the two-week gathering at the Vatican.

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