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A study has found that fewer Americans are moving, but churches will have to work hard to attract those neighbors, ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by Jason Wohlford)
A study has found that fewer Americans are moving, but churches will have to work hard to attract those neighbors, ministers say. (Creative Commons photo by Jason Wohlford)

Fewer people moving doesn’t mean more will come to church, ministers say

A Barna Group study finds that Americans are increasingly remaining in the communities where they live, giving hope to pastors and others that more relationships can be established with church neighbors. But they also warn that congregations must become more relevant to those in surrounding neighbhorhoods.

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Confederate flags left at MLK’s home church

Ebenezer Baptist Church Pastor Raphael Warnock says the message of four Confederate flags left on the church property “ought to get the attention not only of black people but of freedom-loving people.”

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St. Louis mention in Planned Parenthood video riles Missouri abortion foes

Leaders of Missouri Right to Life and the Missouri Baptist Convention urged stricter oversight of medical clinics offering abortion after a video report alleging that St. Louis is a prime market for the purchase of organs from aborted fetuses.

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Pastor calls Planned Parenthood exposé ‘journalistic distortion’

Pro-choice pastor Donna Schaper says abortion opponents have a hard time dealing with women as “moral agents.”

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SBC ethics head supports ‘First Amendment Defense Act’

Russell Moore of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is among faith leaders urging passage of a bill aimed at protecting religious freedom that opponents say would have dangerous and far-reaching consequences for LGBT Americans.

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Whether in the church or having left it, experts say the ‘nones’ need fellowship regardless. (Creative Commons photo)
Whether in the church or having left it, experts say the ‘nones’ need fellowship regardless. (Creative Commons photo)

Baptists reflect on fellowship as ‘nones’ seek their own brand of community

As people without any religious affiliation grow in numbers in the U.S., they are seeking community in a variety of places and pursuits.

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Students enjoy racing the pinewood derby cars they constructed from kits. A team from Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Heartland introduced the cars on their latest trip to Slovakia, where they worked at a school and with children from a nearby Roma settlement. (Photo by Matt Thompson)
Students enjoy racing the pinewood derby cars they constructed from kits. A team from Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Heartland introduced the cars on their latest trip to Slovakia, where they worked at a school and with children from a nearby Roma settlement. (Photo by Matt Thompson)

Pinewood derby races connect children, faith in Slovakia

A team from CBF Heartland took enough cars for each child in a Roma settlement to participate in pinewood derby races.

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ABHMS sponsors service to celebrate ADA

American Baptist Home Mission Societies was among the sponsors of an interfaith service held Sunday at First Trinity Lutheran Church in Washington to celebrate the progress and promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the 25th anniverary of its signing.

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Former preacher deemed fit to stand trial for triple murder

Two of the three victims were active in ministry at a Southern Baptist church.

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Millennials and other young adults are turning their backs on traditional church membership, preferring to measure their fellowship by service instead. (Creative Commons photo)
Millennials and other young adults are turning their backs on traditional church membership, preferring to measure their fellowship by service instead. (Creative Commons photo)

Young adults challenging traditional church membership concepts

Churches are grappling with Millennials who want their church membership defined in terms of mission and ministry, not names on a roll.

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Houston, you have a problem: State Supreme Court sidelines anti-discrimination law

One of several similar measures dividing liberals and conservatives across the country, Houston’s non-discrimination ordinance united Baptists across the theological and political spectrum in agreement that a mayor subpoenaing a preacher’s sermons is out of bounds.

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CBF Virginia leader takes job with BTSR

Rob Fox, a graduate and former employee at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, is returning to his alma mater after six years as field coordinator for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia.

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Tommy Deal, top right, attends a gathering of the North American Baptist Fellowship’s Disaster Response Network in 2014. Deal’s relationship-building skills were a big asset in his role as leader of CBF’s disaster response efforts. (BNG photo)
Tommy Deal, top right, attends a gathering of the North American Baptist Fellowship’s Disaster Response Network in 2014. Deal’s relationship-building skills were a big asset in his role as leader of CBF’s disaster response efforts. (BNG photo)

Deal, disaster response director with ‘a chaplain’s heart,’ leaving CBF

Tommy Deal’s last day as CBF disaster response director is July 31. Ron Fairley, coordinator of projects and services for CBF, will serve as interim beginning Aug. 1.

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Rwandan peacemaker given human rights award

Corneille Gato Munyamasoko aimed at forgiveness and reconciliation between perpetrators and victims of the Rwandan genocide.

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