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Thursday, May 22, 2014

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  • Ministry to children builds disciples at Kansas church

    by Tobin Perry, posted Thursday, May 22, 2014 (4 years ago)

    LENEXA, Kan. (BP) -- Westside Family Church feeds 3,000 kids daily in four countries. Families from the church have adopted more than 100 children in the United States and internationally. The church helps fill backpacks with food for hungry children and teenagers, and it is a regional support and training center for foster care and adoption in the Kansas City area.

    "We began to realize that if we're going to make a difference ... we're going to need to take some of these kids into our homes."

    -- Dan Chaverin, executive pastor, Westside Family Church

    Yet, the Southern Baptist church's executive pastor, Dan Chaverin, says there's a bigger picture to the congregation's ministry to children.

    "We're very focused on making disciples," Chaverin, says of the Lenexa, Kan., church. "Our mission is loving Jesus, becoming like Jesus and sharing Jesus. That's the best definition of a Christ-follower that we can muster. The service we're doing [for children] is very integrated into that discipleship process."

    Westside's involvement in this ministry has been a gradual process, initiated in large part by many in the church's leadership being personally involved in adoption. Chaverin, whose family adopted a daughter from China, says many of the church's pastors were heavily impacted by encountering orphans on mission trips to India, Thailand and South Africa. Several have adopted children of their own. One of the church's pastors was involved in the foster care system as a youth.

    But the most important trigger for Westside's work among children came from observing where God was moving in the church's ministry efforts -- particularly internationally.

    "It seems a little obvious, but for us, we started noticing that where we were seeing fruit had to do with orphan care," Chaverin said. "That really focused us on the fact we were going to help these kids -- not just short-term with relief, but long-term with their education, with their health and with their spiritual walk with Christ --and even in community development. So that theme emerged, and it was all God's working."

    As church leaders and church members returned from mission trips to help orphans internationally, they began to notice similar ministry opportunities not far from home. ... Read More

  • Flooding stirs response in Eastern Europe

    by Nicole Lee, posted Thursday, May 22, 2014 (4 years ago)

    Photo by Union of Baptist Churches in Serbia
    KRALJEVO, Serbia (BP) -- In the midst of the worst flooding Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina have faced in 120 years, International Mission Board and Baptist Global Response representatives are working to meet needs and share hope. Read More

  • Ronnie Floyd Q&A for SBC president

    by Staff, posted Thursday, May 22, 2014 (4 years ago)

    BALTIMORE (BP) -- Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd, as one of three pastors to be nominated for SBC president in June, responded to six questions Baptist Press posed to each candidate. Read More

  • Jared Moore Q&A for SBC president

    by Staff, posted Thursday, May 22, 2014 (4 years ago)

    BALTIMORE (BP) -- Kentucky pastor Jared Moore, as one of three pastors to be nominated for SBC president in June, responded to six questions Baptist Press posed to each candidate. Read More

  • Desire God first, Platt says at NOBTS

    by Frank Michael McCormack, posted Thursday, May 22, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Personal holiness is among a minister's greatest needs, David Platt said during a seminar on the "spiritual life of the minister" at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More

  • 2nd VIEW: Adrian Rogers, 'rising star of Memphis,' elected 35 years ago

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 22, 2014 (4 years ago)

    SBHLA photo
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Thousands of messengers had arrived in Houston to vote for Adrian Rogers in the presidential election at the 1979 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. Some with limited resources had traveled hundreds of miles and were sleeping in tents in hopes of restoring their denomination to theological orthodoxy. Read More

  • Bible Study: May 25, 2014

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Thursday, May 22, 2014 (4 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

    This week's Bible study is adapted from the Explore the Bible curriculum.

    Bible Passages: Song of Songs 5:6-8; 6:1-3; 8:4-7

    Discussion Questions: How might a husband or wife fail at being physica... Read More