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Wunchtime podcast gives bivocational pastors food for thought

ALBANY, Ga. (BP) – In his six years working with pastors in Mallary Baptist Association, Hans Wunch had time to observe one of their most valuable commodities.

Missouri church cuts ties with camp accused of mishandling abuse

NASHVILLE (BP) – A Missouri Baptist pastor says his church will no longer partner with a popular camp due to a lack of transparency amid abuse allegations.

In historic housing market, the parsonage becomes a trendy choice

NASHVILLE (BP) – Charlie Houck loves serving as lead pastor at Mesa Church in San Diego. Just as much, he’s a fan of the parsonage that came with the building when Mesa launched in October 2020.

Pregnancy care centers on alert following attacks, vandalism

MADISON, Wisc. (BP) – Heightened tensions from a leaked Supreme Court document indicating the possible overturn of the court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision preceded attacks across the country on pro-life churches and pregnancy care centers, leaving like-minded groups on high alert while maintaining their positions on the sanctity of life.

Longtime Southern Baptist student ministry leader Dave Paxton dies in motorcycle crash

ORANGE PARK, Fla. (BP) – Dave Paxton, a student ministry veteran who served in several Southern Baptist churches, died May 3 after his motorcycle collided with a logging truck in Warren County, Miss., southeast of Vicksburg.

2022 Book of Reports released

NASHVILLE (BP) – The 2022 Book of Reports for the Southern Baptist Convention has been released. In it, Southern Baptists receive updates over the last year regarding SBC entities, including discussions pertaining to recommendations at last year’s annual meeting.

CP Stage to encourage a ‘laser focus’ on unity, generosity, diversity

ANAHEIM (BP) – A drive toward unity in the Gospel and taking the Great Commission to the nations will permeate the presentations and discussion at the Cooperative Program Stage at the 2022 SBC Annual Meeting, organizers say.

Mentoring among ways to push back on pastor shortage

ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) – Ray Swift spends a lot of time maintaining contact with churches across Louisiana. One thing apparent to him has become apparent to many – there are a lot of churches looking for pastors, and not nearly candidates enough to fill them.

El Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC aprueba el traslado de la Asamblea Anual de 2023 y ofrece información financiera actualizada

NASHVILLE (BP) — El Comité Ejecutivo de la SBC se reunió en una convocatoria especial el jueves para votar sobre el traslado de la reunión anual de 2023 de Charlotte a Nueva Orleans y recibir una actualización sobre el costo de la investigación de las acusaciones de mal manejo de las denuncias de abuso sexual.

Church size irrelevant to partnering with schools; willing spirit required

MONTICELLO, Miss. (BP) – Pastor Sam Taylor of Monticello Baptist Church heard about the challenges of being a teacher. It came from several in the profession – active and retired – in his congregation. He heard it from his wife, Alyssa, who works as a teacher’s aide at Monticello Elementary.