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Object lesson reaps rewards for hurricane reliefGRESHAM, Ore. (BP) -- A hands-on Bible lesson took on a life of its own for 10-year-old Dallas Claytor after attending Sunday services with his parents and sister.
Young Dallas heard pastor Keith Evans of Pathway Church in Gresham, Ore., preach about the parable of the talents. Evans used unmarked envelopes of money to hand out to unsuspecting volunteers during the sermon in denominations of $10, $20 and $50 each. He then asked each recipient to use the money to bless or encourage someone in coming days.
"I got the envelope with $50 in it," Claytor said. "The pastor wanted us to multiply the money and make God proud. I was shocked." Read More
Collegians in NYC witness 'the sadness, the lostness'NEW YORK CITY (BP) -- Reagan Grisham said she's visited nine countries in her lifetime and left a piece of her heart in each one.
But when she landed in New York City for Passport New York, she said God did something unexpected -- He gathered all of those pieces up.
"I thought it would be just another short-term trip," said Grisham, a senior at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. "But it turned out to be life-changing. There are people here from all of those countries that I visited. And God affirmed a call for me to stay and plant my life here." Read More
Free church security training offered through May 1NASHVILLE (BP) -- As public shootings continue to make headlines, many churches are evaluating where their facilities stand on security. LifeWay Christian Resources is helping churches make safety a priority by providing free security training through its Ministry Grid platform.
"In light of current circumstances, we've offered this training to churches to make sure they're prepared for the unexpected before it happens," said Chandler Vannoy, brand manager for Ministry Grid. Read More
Greeters and gifts: How churches welcome guestsNASHVILLE (BP) -- If the average pastor has anything to do with it, church guests can expect multiple greetings and may even leave with a gift, a new study released today (March 14) shows.
A study from LifeWay Research, which was conducted Aug. 30-Sept. 18, asked 1,000 Protestant pastors what their churches do to welcome guests.
"The Bible is full of verses on hospitality, so churches should be full of hospitality as well," said President and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources Thom S. Rainer. "Congregations should strive to create environments where guests are fully welcomed."
According to the study, the average pastor says their church does six different things to welcome guests. Read More