Send Relief: aiding churches in compassion ministry

Send Relief, a key strategy of the North American Mission Board, aims to help Southern Baptist churches expand compassion ministries and their witness for Christ in their communities.

Gallup: Non-denominational Protestants on the rise

Data pointing to a dwindling percentage of Americas who identify with a specific Protestant denomination has spurred calls for churches marked by God's "presence and power" and for reemphasis of biblical doctrine.

Survey: Good deeds by Christians often go unseen

Many Americans are unaware of various efforts by Christians or churches to serve their neighbors, according to a new study from LifeWay Research.
  • Church begun in 1794 holds 1st Vacation Bible School

    by Scott Barkley/Georgia Christian Index, posted Friday, July 21, 2017 (yesterday)

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    SPARTA, Ga. (BP) -- Island Creek Baptist Church joined in for the first time since its founding in 1794.

    The church had a Vacation Bible School.

    Over time, folks from Atlanta-area communities had bought retirement homes on the shores of Lake Sinclair and found a church home at Island Creek near Sparta, Ga. Read More

  • Teen internet addiction cited as growing concern

    by Daniel Woodman , posted Friday, July 21, 2017 (yesterday)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Gateway Seminary professor Paul Kelly had a friend who once became so addicted to online gaming that he would ignore his family and friends while also skipping meals so he could play more games on the internet. His desire became so severe that he began failing classes and stole from his family to support his habit.

    Amid the emerging challenge of internet addiction, youth ministry experts are calling for churches to raise awareness of the topic and provide resources for parents and students. While pornography is perhaps the most publicized online addiction, internet-based activities that are less sinister in themselves can rise to a harmful level, according to a growing body of evidence. Read More

  • Black church conference: nurture, fellowship & praise

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (2 days ago)

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    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Southern Baptist African American pastor Ryan Rice, founder and leader of Life Church in New Orleans, is experiencing the first Black Church Leadership and Family Conference of his 30-some years.

    "To see other pastors who look like me ... and have flourished in their families and their ministries -- that's been a huge blessing and an encouragement," Rice told Baptist Press July 18 on the second day of the conference scheduled through July 21 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center near Asheville, N.C. Read More

  • Pastor compensation studied by financial planner

    by Michael Foust, posted Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (3 days ago)

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    GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) -- It happens often in Southern Baptist life: A church offers a prospective pastor a salary it thinks is reasonable, and the pastor -- not wanting to appear greedy -- begrudgingly accepts.

    But down the road, when tax season arrives or when retirement approaches, the pastor realizes he should have spoken up. Read More