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SBC DIGEST: Ministry in New Orleans; BP Toolbox

Associational missionary joins ‘Road to New Orleans;’ New Baptist Press Toolbox page offers practical, helpful resources.

POLICY DIGEST: State of the Union; Abortion pill warnings

ERLC: What we expect in the State of the Union; Kentucky’s Cameron among AGs warning Walgreens, CVS over abortion pills.

Ken Whitten joins NAMB to head up leadership ministry

MIAMI (BP) – Ken Whitten, recently retired pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa, Fla., will become national director of pastoral leadership at the North American Mission Board (NAMB), beginning in March. NAMB president Kevin Ezell shared the news at NAMB’s Board of Trustees meeting in Miami, February 7.

Turkey quakes’ death toll rising, Baptists responding

KAHRAMANMARAS, Turkey (BP) – Rescue efforts are still underway as the death toll continues to climb following Monday’s (Feb. 6) strong earthquakes near the border of Turkey and Syria. As of midday Tuesday (Feb. 7), government officials say more than 7,000 people have been killed by the quakes and aftershocks.

Recovery experts urge churches toward awareness, training amid fentanyl epidemic

NASHVILLE (BP) – A Google search for “fentanyl overdose” reveals recent stories of the deaths of three middle-aged Texans, a teen in California and a toddler in South Carolina.

Pastors encourage racial reconciliation, churchgoers want more diversity

NASHVILLE (BP) – Although pastors are doing more to encourage racial reconciliation and churchgoers say their church is doing enough to be ethnically diverse, nearly half of churchgoers say their church needs to become more ethnically diverse.

Music’s content more important than source, leaders say

NASHVILLE (BP) — Catchy songs stay in your head as well as your heart. False teachings can join them. Church leaders observed this as long ago as the fourth century.

NOBTS’ sold-out Abide conference inspires women to live ‘missionally’

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – The voices of 1,200 women from 15 states and 250 churches – a sold-out crowd – filled the chapel at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as they gathered to praise, learn and fellowship at the Abide Women’s Conference, Feb. 3-4.

The most important leadership tool

Who or what do you lead? There are books, conferences, blogs, podcasts, and masterclasses on how to be a better leader, but we often forget that the person we lead first and most is the one in the mirror.

Eight characteristics of disciple-making churches

I have written in the past about the importance of making disciples through mentoring. To be frank, though, I don’t know a lot of pastors who prioritize this work – though I am beginning to see more who are at least considering it. Those who are doing it have often been doing it for a long time, and here are some of their characteristics: