Former preacher deemed fit to stand trial for triple murder

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

Read More
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.

Read More

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.

Read More
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.

Read More

Rwandan peacemaker given human rights award

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

Read More

Developing ‘transcongregational’ mindset could be BWA’s gift to Baptists, says Upton

The outgoing president of the Baptist World Alliance sees growing connectedness among churches.

Read More

New BWA president aims to be transformative agent

As the global organization’s top elected official, Paul Msiza will bring experience deeply rooted in South Africa’s history.

Read More

South African culture featured in BWA congress opening

Visions of the Baptist World Alliance’s next five years are inspired by South Africa’s transformation, say leaders.

Read More
New BWA president Paul Msiza (center) examines documents with General Secretary Neville Callam and staff member Julie Justus, prior to a meeting of the General Council. (BNG photo)
New BWA president Paul Msiza (center) examines documents with General Secretary Neville Callam and staff member Julie Justus, prior to a meeting of the General Council. (BNG photo)

Second African since 1905 takes helm of global Baptist group

Pastor Paul Msiza of Pretoria assumes the presidency of the Baptist World Alliance as it holds its congress in Africa for the first time.

Read More
Adopt-a-School programs are popular among a range of civic, business and religious groups. Some are even promoted by local and state governments.  (Creative Commons photo by Minnesota governor’s office)
Adopt-a-School programs are popular among a range of civic, business and religious groups. Some are even promoted by local and state governments. (Creative Commons photo by Minnesota governor’s office)

Adopting schools is about community building, not proselytizing, educators say

The key for schools is to avoid favoring certain churches or denominations over others and not requiring student participation in church events held at school.

Read More
VBS can be a transformative experience for congregations seeking to break down barriers between races and economic classes, clergy and lay leaders say. (Creative Commons photo by Nate Pesce)
VBS can be a transformative experience for congregations seeking to break down barriers between races and economic classes, clergy and lay leaders say. (Creative Commons photo by Nate Pesce)

For these Baptists, VBS transforms congregations and communities

A joint VBS held by Baptist churches in Waco helped break down the racial divide between them. Other churches have reported similar experiences when racially divergent congregations cooperate to host these summer programs. 

Read More

Feds offer reward in black church fire

Investigators are still looking for a suspect in a June 24 arson at Briar Creek Road Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C.

Read More
Jean Carnahan has leaned on her faith to get through dark times. (University of Missouri photo)
Jean Carnahan has leaned on her faith to get through dark times. (University of Missouri photo)

Faith propels Carnahan to 'repair the world' after governor husband, son lost in crash

Former Missouri senator and First Lady Jean Carnahan said her Baptist faith, and the Jewish notion of making the world a better place, have sustained her after her husband, Gov. Mel Carnahan, and their son, Randy, died in a 2000 plane crash.

Read More

Memorial service for ‘Baptist folk hero’ portrays passionate life

James Dunn, who died July 4, was committed to religious liberty, social justice and his thousands of friends, said speakers at his memorial service.

Read More
The role of the modern interim pastor is as much to coach and resolve conflicts as it is to preach and visit the sick, experts say. (Creative Commons photo by Jim Larrison)
The role of the modern interim pastor is as much to coach and resolve conflicts as it is to preach and visit the sick, experts say. (Creative Commons photo by Jim Larrison)

Interim pastoring has evolved into skilled calling, Baptists say

The period between pastors is an important time for churches who need the right kind of leader to guide them through it. Increasingly that role is being filled by trained, intentional interim pastors.

Read More
Church volunteers who tutor children often find themselves learning from their students. (U.S. Dept. of Education photo)
Church volunteers who tutor children often find themselves learning from their students. (U.S. Dept. of Education photo)

Baptist churches learn that serving schools yields big rewards

Congregations and ministers experience spiritual benefits from working in schools to help at-risk children and their families.

Read More

Quadriplegic NAMB missionary receives $26 million settlement after crash

Settlement terms of a lawsuit against the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board – the largest award in Montana history – specify it is not an admission of guilt.

Read More
Veteran pastors say developing friendships within their churches is rewarding and doesn’t undermine pastoral effectiveness. (Creative Commons photo by Rainier Martin Ampongan)
Veteran pastors say developing friendships within their churches is rewarding and doesn’t undermine pastoral effectiveness. (Creative Commons photo by Rainier Martin Ampongan)

The pastor’s dilemma: To friend or not to friend

While caution has historically been the rule, today’s pastors, including those with decades of experience, are making careful choices to develop close relationships with church members. Some say Millennials demand it.

Read More

LifeWay makes offer on new Nashville property

Local media say a Nashville government agency is planning to sell land on the southern edge of downtown where LifeWay Christian Resources will build a new headquarters.

Read More
Daniel Rowe, associate minister of college at University Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, leads a service. (UHBC Photo)
Daniel Rowe, associate minister of college at University Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, leads a service. (UHBC Photo)

Church joins movement offering hands-on ministry experience to young people

University Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Texas, seeks to boost health of the larger church with an internship program aimed at college students. Like some pastoral residency approaches, the UHBC program offers leadership experience in church ministries.

Read More