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.

Published in Congregations

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.

Published in Congregations
Monday, 07 September 2015 06:05

What’s necessary vs. extravagant giving

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

Published in Columns

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.

Published in Culture

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.

Published in Ministry

While not as ‘glamorous’ as reaching out to Millennials, attracting Boomers can revitalize the mission and ministries of churches, congregational coaches say.

Published in Congregations
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 06:05

Looking for new ways to measure ministry?

You’ll need a clear mission statement and your church will need to know what that is.

Published in Columns

Churches in Anderson, S.C., learn firsthand that it takes commitment and faith to believe something greater lies beyond hardship.

Published in Congregations

Some Baptist leaders are concerned that Christians and churches no longer collaborate on missions and other volunteer projects as they did in the past.

Published in Missions

What lessons might American Christians learn from this burgeoning cultural phenomenon?

Published in Columns
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