Missional

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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What if your city’s history were projected on your church?

What would “stick” and what would fade away?

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3 leadership strategies every pastor should adopt

Addressing church decline is about confronting a shifting reality.

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Staffing for survival

The opportunity we must seize immediately is to add to our attractional life the element of a missional imperative.

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American Baptists in Nebraska launch microloan ministry to address justice, poverty

Karen refugees from Burma who are seriously struggling financially in Nebraska and who qualify for loans can receive up to $1,500 at no interest.

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Church adds a little beer to Bible to soften Baptist reputation

Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City uses its “Beer and Bible” gatherings as a small-group meeting and as a way to show others that not all Baptists are angry and judgmental, Pastor Susan Sparks says.

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Hope blooms in the Arkansas Delta, thanks to ministry team

After nearly 10 years of ministry among children and youth in the economically-deprived Arkansas Delta, leaders at First Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., dreamed of expanding their vision for the region. It turned out that meant bringing some of the youth to minister in Richmond.

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What’s necessary vs. extravagant giving

Remembering volunteers after Katrina who gave the very best they had.

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Brace yourself: It’s the ‘post-everything’ age, say church leaders

Writer and church coach says the term ‘post-everything’ sums up the variety of challenges facing the church today, from post-modernity to post-Christianity to post-denominationalism.

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Ministers, churches seek end to ‘mission tourism’

Baptist leaders say the historic, western style of short-term mission trips were more about self-fulfiment rather than transforming the lives of impoverished people. They are calling for more thoughtful, missional approaches where the goal is to participate in God’s transformative action around the world.

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