Lawsuit accuses once-admired evangelical family expert of sexual abuse

While more popular with independent Baptists and homeschool parents, Bill Gothard and his Institute in Basic Life Principles won respect of many Southern Baptist leaders in the decade leading up to the “conservative resurgence.”

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Pastor Merianna Neely Harrelson was inspired by President Obama’s State of the Union address to assess the state of the church. (Photo courtesy of Merianna Harrelson)
Pastor Merianna Neely Harrelson was inspired by President Obama’s State of the Union address to assess the state of the church. (Photo courtesy of Merianna Harrelson)

Inspired by Obama, Baptist pastor offers ‘state of the church’

The need to maintain facilities and the fear of upsetting congregations keep many pastors and churches from spiritual growth, Merianna Neely Harrelson said in her ‘State of the Church’ blog post.

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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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A women sews at the Baptist Children’s Center in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photos by Chelsea White)
A women sews at the Baptist Children’s Center in Nairobi, Kenya. (Photos by Chelsea White)

Sewing ministry serves as hub for income, clothing and faith for Kenyans

Participants are learning to sew, to study scripture and how to inspire others at a Baptist children’s center in Nairobi.

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Leader of Southern Baptist women’s auxiliary stepping down

The search is underway for a new head of Woman’s Missionary Union, an organization that supports missions in Southern Baptist churches.

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Baptist school gets record gift

The $10 million gift, from a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, will help build a new home for the engineering school.

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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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2nd Baptist organization gets grant to aid pastors’ financial skills

The American Baptist Home Mission Societies will develop a wide-ranging program to enhance the “well-being of pastoral leaders.”

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Hong Kong church enables BWA to launch evangelism award

The diverse congregation is cited as one where evangelism is at the heart of its vocation.

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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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Longtime Baptist leader Bill Self dies at 83

Well known for his pulpit style, Self helped form the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in 1990.

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Disaster recovery in full swing in wake of N. Texas twisters

The Dec. 26 tornadoes killed 11 and damaged or destroyed hundreds of homes in the Dallas area. Faith-based relief organizations are asking for funds and voluneers to help the survivors recover.

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Planned facility will continue SBU's 'Christ-centered' mission, leaders say

The university has broken ground on the Gene Taylor National Free Enterprise Center, which will cost about $2.7 million.

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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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Martha Stearns Marshall Month around the corner

This year, Baptist Women in Ministry head Pam Durso says she is “dreaming bigger” about an annual event raising awareness of women who are called to and gifted for ministry.

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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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In Antwerp, Janeé Angel is ministering to war refugees from the Middle East. (Creative Commons photo by Victor Bergmann)
In Antwerp, Janeé Angel is ministering to war refugees from the Middle East. (Creative Commons photo by Victor Bergmann)

Baptist minister seeks to comfort war-ravaged refugees in Belgium

Janée Angel and her husband plant churches in Europe but feel their ministry is hindered by misunderstandings about the Arabic-speaking and other Middle Eastern refguees they serve.

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Accrediting agency head stepping down

Daniel O. Aleshire has announced his decision to retire as executive director of the Association of Theological Schools no later than June 30, 2017.

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McAfee appoints new dean

Effective July 1, one theology school's loss is another's gain. 

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Social unrest sparked by accusations of police brutality show ministries that social justice must be remain a focus of ministry, some ministry leaders say. (Creative Commons photo by Elvert Barnes)
Social unrest sparked by accusations of police brutality show ministries that social justice must be remain a focus of ministry, some ministry leaders say. (Creative Commons photo by Elvert Barnes)

Ministry leaders: challenges of 2015 offer growth in coming year

Social, racial and political tensions last year further exposed fissures in American culture. But some say those challenges offer further ways to answer the calling to minister to those in need.

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