Jeff Brumley

Jeff Brumley

Jeff Brumley is assistant editor of Baptist News Global.

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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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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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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hispanic faith could revive the rest of the church, say speakers

Baptist pastors urge fellow Hispanics to stay on course because they can influence the American church with their passion and focus. 

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Social workers struggle to talk religion and spirituality, study says

A new study finds many licensed clinical social workers lack the training and confidence to discuss matters of faith with clients.

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Debates on racism, gay rights take toll on pastors

Events like the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage and the Charleston church shootings have many church members on edge, which often puts the pressure on pastors to choose sides.

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Black church fires evoke both fear and faith in Baptist communities

Baptist leaders say the recent spate of African-Amerian church fires in the South have been disturbing — even when not ruled arson — because of the recent AME church shooting in South Carolina. 

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