Jeff Brumley

Jeff Brumley

Jeff Brumley is assistant editor of Baptist News Global.

Congregations must make racial diversity a core value that guides hiring decisions, worship planning and every other facet of church life, Baptist ministers say.  

Barry Howard has preached more than 850 funerals in a 36-year career — and most of those were at First Baptist Church in Pensacola, Fla.

A series of Lilly Foundation grants and several large-scale evangelistic events demonstrate the continued importance and effectiveness of preaching. But being relevant without catering to the culture is a challenge.

Kim and Marc Wyatt are showing congregations how to engage the world in their own communities.

St. Louis pastor Scott Stearman will take the helm of Metro Baptist Church in New York on Feb. 1. The church’s reputation for missional ministry and interaction with the United Nations are among the reasons Stearman said he took the job.

A ministry of First Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., to the downtown homeless community was launched by young voices who ascertained a need for this unmet service in the city.

Criticism of Duke University’s decision, now reversed, to permit Muslim calls to prayer stems from fears of radical Islam, said Curtis Freeman.

Druid Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta has sold nearly 3 acres of its campus to a developer who will build apartments, shops and restaurants, positioning itself for ministries in its thriving urban area.

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.

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

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