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'A lot of hurt' in Seattle meets with church planter's vision
SEATTLE, Wash. (BP) -- Crazy. Not the first description that comes to mind for church planting, but for Keith and Kristine Carpenter the word comes up often.
The couple, married 21 years, moved to Seattle three years ago to help launch Epic Life Church. The church plant celebrated its two-year anniversary in September 2011, with God having used a still, small, yet extremely direct voice to call the Carpenters to the Pacific Northwest."I was sitting in church, minding my own business," said Keith Carpenter, who was a church's college pastor in Winona, Minn. "I felt like God tapped us on the shoulder and said, 'I want you to go start a church.' And I was like, 'What?'"
"One week later, Kristine had "a pretty crazy dream," Carpenter continued. "She'd never been to Seattle, but she said, 'I saw this word, it was just the letters Aurora in Seattle.' So we checked out Aurora in Seattle and found it was a main drag.
"That kinda got our attention."
A trip to explore Seattle and Aurora Avenue four months later confirmed their vision, though they found the Aurora corridor to be a crazy place.
"Most people, if you ask them about Aurora, they'll say bars and strip clubs and adult bookstores and all this stuff," Carpenter said. "There's just a lot of hurt along the street." The couple started meeting people -- "walking up and down [the avenue], talking with the homeless, spending time with them, knowing them by name."
"And people came in from those relationships," Carpenter said.
Epic Life Church, which meets in a movie theater, has grown to a congregation of 100, encompassing the homeless as well as people with comfortable homes and incomes. Read More
VP nominee would lead IMB strategy for business leaders' 'global mobilization'RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Long before he became IMB president, Tom Elliff dreamed of a new kind of missionary -- Southern Baptist business leaders who leverage their resources, global connections and growth strategies to help fulfill the Great Commission. Read More
Obama site touts 40 accomplishments for gaysWASHINGTON (BP) -- Perhaps trying to send a message to gay activists who want him to do more, President Obama's re-election website has posted a timeline of 40 specific accomplishments his administration has made for the gay community. Read More
9 keys to reaching college studentsDURHAM, N.C. (BP) -- There are three well-established facts regarding Christianity and college students that ought to capture the attention of any Gospel-loving pastor: 1) college is a time of unprecedented openness to all things, including the Gospel; 2) many of the great "awakenings," both major and minor, in our history have started through college students; and 3) there is a disturbing absence of this age group in many of our congregations. Read More
Q&A: Actor John Schneider on role in 'October Baby' & a second new pro-life film, 'Doonby'
NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Actor John Schneider says he just wants to make a difference.
Schneider plays the role of Hannah's father in the recent pro-life hit "October Baby," and drifter Sam Doonby in the new movie "Doonby," a pro-life film from a different perspective. Doonby is being screened to pastors and church leaders.
"The hope is that October Baby will grease the skids so that with these preview screenings Doonby can come out [to the general public] in 500 to 600 theatres," Schneider... Read More
Jim Wells to join Mo. convention staff
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Jim Wells, registration secretary for the Southern Baptist Convention, is joining the Missouri Baptist Convention executive board staff as Cooperative Program state missionary for strategic partnerships.
Wells has been director of missions for Missouri's Tri-County Baptist Association in Nixa for nearly 12 years.
[IMG=32479@right@130]Beginning June 1, Wells will serve as the Missouri convention's liaison with directors of missions (DOMs); oversee the MBC's O... Read More
Tenn. convention exploring property options
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) -- Members of the Tennessee Baptist Convention's executive board have approved the exploration of "options for placing the Baptist Center property in Brentwood on the market and recruiting interested parties to submit proposals on the property."
The convention's executive director, Randy C. Davis, was authorized to conduct the exploration in a unanimous vote during the executive board's mid-March meeting.
Rich Wallace, a member of First Baptist Church in Seviervil... Read More
FROM THE STATES: Wy., Ala., S.C. evangelism/missions news
EDITOR'S NOTE: From the States, published each Tuesday by Baptist Press, relays news and feature stories from state Baptist papers and other publications on initiatives by Baptist churches, associations and state conventions in evangelism, church planting and Great Commission outreach, including partnership missions. Reports about churches, associations and state conventions responding to the International Mission Board's call to embrace the world's 3,800 unengaged, unreached people groups also ... Read More