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New Church among 13 nurtured by Fla. congregation
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (BP) -- T.J. Ward, a 37-year-old church-planting pastor in Winston-Salem, N.C., hasn't had a paycheck since leaving his former church in Jacksonville, Fla., in December 2009, although he will start receiving a salary this coming January.
Over the last 18 months, Ward, his wife Wendy and their two little girls have lived only on her Bank of America salary. They traded their dream home in Jacksonville for a starter home in Winston-Salem.
When Ward decided to become a church planter, he had no idea where he would plant. He and Wendy just knew they would have to leave their large network of family and friends in Jacksonville behind.
"We were happy where we were," Ward said. "We were effective in the church where we were serving. God was using us. But I felt like He was leading me toward church planting. I ignored it for six months. I was rebellious."
But he and Wendy continued to discuss it and were willing to go anywhere.
The Wards began fasting, praying and poring over a map of the United States. They started examining church planting in different state conventions and associations, studied some demographics and narrowed their choice down to the Tar Heel State.
"I liked that the North Carolina convention was pushing church planting," said Ward, who spent 10 years as a teacher, vice principal and principal in Christian education before going into the ministry in Jacksonville in 2008.
After more discussions with the state convention's staff and counsel from mentors like pastor Spike Hogan in Jacksonville, they chose Winston-Salem for their new church plant.
"God lined up the circumstances, and Winston-Salem seemed to fit."
Launched last January, New Church -- that's the name of the church -- now runs in the 150s every Sunday, meeting in a local YMCA. Ward's vision and the church's name came from 2 Corinthians 5:17: "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come." New Church's slogan is "It's church ... just different." Read More
Boston church-planting team sees lostness 'all around us'BOSTON (BP) -- Basketball takes teamwork. As the freshman boys basketball coach at Medford High School, Tanner Turley strives to teach his players the importance of working together rather than relying on one or two standout players to win games. Read More
Int'l religious liberty report gets bad reviews
WASHINGTON (BP) -- The U.S. State Department's first list under the Obama administration of the worst violators of overseas religious freedom received disappointing reviews from some advocates on the issue. Read More
Dinner with Iran's Ahmadinejad
WASHINGTON (BP) -- When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad visits New York for the U.N. General Assembly, he is due to dine on Sept. 21 with students from the Columbia International Relations Council and Association (CIRCA). A spokesman for the Columbia University student organization says they are "thrilled to have this opportunity." Read More
TRUSTEES: Slain Pakistani honored by ERLC
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Clement Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan's minister for minority affairs and the only Christian serving in that government, was posthumously awarded the 2011 John Leland Religious Liberty Award by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission during the Sept. 12-13 meeting of ERLC's trustees.
Bhatti, who was assassinated March 2 of this year, was a "man of incredible bravery" who fought for religious liberty in Pakistan at "great personal risk," ERLC President Richard... Read More
Cuba's unreached embraced by NOBTS
NEW ORLEANS (BP)--In response to the International Mission Board's "Getting There" and "Embrace" campaigns, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary has adopted seven unengaged, unreached people groups in Cuba.
During the seminary's annual Global Missions Day, NOBTS President Chuck Kelley said everyone shares the call and responsibility to participate in global missions.
"Every one of us, regardless of what your ministry calling may be, has a responsibility in the work of getting the G... Read More
FROM THE SEMINARIES: Convocations at NOBTS, SWBTS
EDITOR'S NOTE: Today's "From the Seminaries" relays reports of fall convocations from two of the Southern Baptist Convention's six seminaries -- New Orleans and Southwestern. Reports on the convocations at the other four seminaries -- Golden Gate, Midwestern, Southeastern and Southern -- were carried Aug. 31.
NEW ORLEANS -- The New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary family gathered Sept. 6 for the seminary's annual convocation chapel to recognize new faculty members a... Read More
FIRST-PERSON (Terry Dorsett): 'Killer cows' & the importance of contextualization
Just as columnist Terry Dorsett had to adjust to the presence of cows in the middle of the road in Vermont, he says he also had to adjust to doing ministry in a different culture than he was accustomed. Read More
BP Ledger, Sept. 19 edition
EDITOR'S NOTE: BP Ledger carries items for reader information each Monday from various Southern Baptist-related entities, and news releases of interest from other sources. The items are published as received.
Today's BP Ledger includes items from:
Florida Baptist Convention
Joni and Friends International Disability Center
New Hope Publishers (WMU)
e3 Resources (EvangeCube)
Compass Direct News
Nancy Sullivan undergoes successful emergency heart ... Read More