Baptist church challenges noise ordinance

Vintage Church of New Orleans says strict noise restrictions are impeding its ability to worship.

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Members of The Well at Springfield worship at an urban park in Jacksonville, Fla. (Photo courtesy of Susan Rogers)
Members of The Well at Springfield worship at an urban park in Jacksonville, Fla. (Photo courtesy of Susan Rogers)

Missional focus will assuage congregations’ fears, ministers say

Declining memberships and closing churches have led some congregations to react with fear, which in turn is a turnoff for potential members, a Christian leader says.

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FBC Huntsville announces pastor nominee

A prominent Cooperative Baptist Fellowship church in Alabama will vote on a new pastor Feb. 7.

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Baptist church votes to OK gay marriage

First Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., has adopted a resolution granting gays the same privilege to get married afforded to everyone else.

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The traditional worship at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Atlanta (pictured) complements its contemporary service. (Photo courtesy of Oak Grove UMC)
The traditional worship at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Atlanta (pictured) complements its contemporary service. (Photo courtesy of Oak Grove UMC)

Increasingly, churches are unwilling to adapt, new survey indicates

Research shows that while many churches have found success by embracing change, many more view adaptation much more skeptically.

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Lilly grant will assist CBF pastors enhance financial skills

The $1 million grant is part of a nationwide initiative developed by the philanthropic organization.

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Signs prohibiting openly carried handguns in church buildings must post language stipulated in Texas Penal Code Section 30.07. (Photo / Ken Camp)
Signs prohibiting openly carried handguns in church buildings must post language stipulated in Texas Penal Code Section 30.07. (Photo / Ken Camp)

Texas churches grapple with open-carry firearms policies

Congregations in Texas must decide how they will respond to a new law that permits open carrying of firearms.

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Bomb scare prompts evacuation at church

A suspicious package was found in a Baptist church in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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While growing, megachurches also face daunting challenges, new research shows. (Creative Commons photo by Keoni Cabral)
While growing, megachurches also face daunting challenges, new research shows. (Creative Commons photo by Keoni Cabral)

Don’t be so quick to copy megachurches, experts tell smaller congregations

Rather than envying the success of large churches, smaller congregations should focus on their core strengths and remain true to their callings.

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Neighbors’ concern with noise prompts dispute over worship

A Baptist church in Metairie, La., is suing its local government and sheriff’s department over noise restrictions that members say restrict their ability to preach and worship.

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