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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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  • Black church conference: nurture, fellowship & praise

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (6 months 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

  • Physical therapist doubles as bivocational pastor

    by Katie Coleman, posted Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    ARLINGTON, Texas (BP) -- Francis Calimbahin's schedule reflects the numerous responsibilities of life, ministry and a career as a licensed physical therapist. Managing his schedule is often complicated but his calling is simple: serve the Lord and make disciples.

    Calimbahin embraces life as a bivocational pastor of Caprock Church in Arlington, Texas. Like many pastors, his non-ministry job is a second source of income and it relieves a financial burden for a small church. However, Calimbahin says being bivocational is a choice rather than a last resort and affords him numerous opportunities to model a "missional" life in a job he loves. Read More

  • 'Bag ladies' crochet & pray for the homeless

    by Emily Howsden/Oklahoma Baptist Messenger, posted Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (6 months ago)

    BETHANY, Okla. (BP) -- It started with a magazine article that Eileen Atkins read about church members making mats out of plastic bags and giving them to the homeless.

    It sounded like something the women in her church would enjoy doing, so Atkins told them about it, thinking someone else would take charge. To her surprise, the women asked Atkins when she was going to start the ministry. Read More

  • Rural church's student ministry called 'a God thing'

    by Dan Steinbeck/Missouri Pathway, posted Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (6 months ago)

    LICKING, Mo. (BP) -- The numbers don't add up, humanly speaking. Rock Springs Baptist Church averages 120 in Sunday services. Yet they run about 180 in student ministry on Wednesdays.

    "It's a God thing. It has nothing to do with me," pastor John Jordan said. "I'm just blessed to come in at the onset of this." Read More

  • Pastor compensation studied by financial planner

    by Michael Foust, posted Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (6 months 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

  • Bible Study: July 23, 2017

    by Staff/LifeWay Christian Resources, posted Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (6 months ago)

    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. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Is your pastor able to retire?

    by Randy Bennett, posted Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (6 months ago)

    Randy Bennett examines the financial realities many pastors may face as they approach retirement. God will bless a church that participates in a retirement plan for its pastor, he writes. Read More