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PENNSVILLE, N.J. (BP) – Benjamin Hankin, church planter and lead pastor of LifeHouse Salem County Church in Pennsville, New Jersey, never dreamed his congregation would have a budding disability ministry. It just happened. Rather, God ordained it. They even baptized a young woman affected by disability last month.
PORT DEPOSIT, Md. (BP) – Autumn fun doesn’t get much better than hayrides, pumpkin decorating, and hot cider. But for many individuals with disabilities, fall activities can be a bit overwhelming rather than exciting. Pleasant View Baptist Church in Port Deposit, partnering with The Banquet Network with support from the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D), […]
COLUMBIA, Md. – The General Mission Board of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D) unanimously named Michael Crawford as the convention’s executive director Thursday (March 17).
necessities. The families, who are Muslim, are overwhelmingly appreciative of the “Afghan team,” and RBC members are excited. Over 30 members are significantly involved, and the whole church is supportive. “It’s like a mini-revival,” said Outreach Minister Peggy Peek.
SEVERNA PARK, Md. (BP) -- Charles Barnes, who served as executive director of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D) from 1993 to 2000, died in his home on May 11. He was 86. Born in Stonewall, Miss., he enjoyed gardening with his mother and playing high school sports. Before graduating high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and served briefly during the Korean War. Back home in Mississippi, he met and courted Laura Sue Thompson, and they married in 1953.
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (BP) -- The Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware's 182nd annual meeting for a second year focused on unity and prayer with the theme, "United in Prayer, Seeking Christ's Spirit." Messengers approved a $7,729,121 budget, taking a historic step in voting to increase the Cooperative Program funding allocation from 43.5 percent to 48 percent to the Southern Baptist Convention to fund international and national missions, Southern Baptist seminaries and the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
ANNAPOLIS, Md.(BP) -- Though a nor'easter snowstorm cancelled the annual Maryland March for Life event on March 13, representatives from many Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware (BCM/D) churches still gathered for a planned pre-march "Prayer for Human Dignity" hosted by First Baptist Church of Eastport in Annapolis.
TOWSON, Md. (BP) -- The Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware's 181st annual meeting focused on unity and prayer reflecting this year's theme, "United in Prayer, Seeking Christ's Spirit," at the Sheraton North in Towson, Md. Ironically, just a short distance from where hundreds of Towson University students were walking out of their classes in protest of President-elect Donald Trump, Maryland/Delaware Baptists were bowing in prayer to be one in Jesus. The Nov. 13-15 sessions, attended by 341 messengers and 79 guests ...
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Defining purpose, identifying an audience, solving problems and sharing calls to action were all key topics at the Baptist Communicators Association's (BCA) third annual Fall Forum. Held this year at the North American Mission Board's facility in Alpharetta, Ga., the Fall Forum brought communicators from across the country together to hear about and present topics on storytelling, reaching diverse audiences in a variety of media formats, responding to today's challenges in Baptist life, and offering the appropriate calls to action.