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10,000 baptisms: Pastor sets milestoneBOWLING GREEN, Ky. (BP) -- Kentucky pastor Steve Ayers has reached a milestone that has Christians across the state taking notice: 10,000 baptisms since he arrived at Hillvue Heights Church.
Since becoming pastor of the Bowling Green congregation in 1991, Ayers has seen the church grow from 30 people into a megachurch where 5,000 people regularly attend Sunday morning services.
"The evangelistic success of Hillvue is nothing short of miraculous," Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood said. "We celebrate every soul saved and pray God gives a harvest of 10,000 more." Read More
In Miami, multiple cultures to gather as 'One Family'MIAMI (BP) -- The sandy beaches of Key Biscayne will serve as an inspiring picture of South Florida as people from multiple races, cultures, ethnicities and generations unite for a day of picnics and festivities at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park on Saturday, May 5.
The groups are part of multicultural Florida Baptist churches in the area that are working to build bridges between the different ethnic communities in Miami and Dade County. Read More
350-plus baptized in 'One GRAND Sunday' in IllinoisSTAUNTON, Ill. (BP) -- Volunteers carried a livestock feeding trough April 8 into the high school gymnasium where NET Community Church meets each Sunday.
The trough had a lofty purpose as 11 people were baptized during morning worship, each wearing T-shirts with the words "going public."
"Their life stories were all very different, but their life conversion was the same," said Derrick Taylor, pastor of NET Community. "It was so exciting to witness each one 'going public' with their new lives in Christ, thus declaring 'I'm not ashamed of the Lord Jesus Christ!'" Read More
FIRST-PERSON: The Lord's Supper & our baptisms
Nate Adams suggests that the Lord's Supper -- optimally encompassing intimate fellowship and worship, confession of sin, gratitude for Christ's sacrifice and motivation to live for Him -- could kindle "a dramatic effect" on baptisms. Read More
Pastor's near-death experience intensifies Gospel focusBOWLING GREEN, Ky. (BP) -- After surviving a fiery explosion that nearly killed him, Kentucky megachurch pastor Steve Ayers said he's a changed man, having come out of the ordeal laser-focused on Jesus and telling others about the Gospel before it's too late.
"I was committed to evangelism before the accident," said Ayers, senior pastor of the 16,000-member Hillvue Heights Church in Bowling Green, which routinely baptizes more than 500 new believers a year. "I'm completely committed to evangelism now because truly, at your last breath, nothing else matters." Read More
Mass baptism displays rural church's turnaroundHYDEN, Ky. (BP) -- Not so long ago, Rockhouse Baptist Church was floundering.
The congregation in Hyden, Ky., had dwindled to about 25 people. Some wondered how much longer they could keep the doors open.
Then pastor Tyler Shields moved into town, bringing with him a passion for introducing others to Christ. And Rockhouse experienced a dramatic turnaround. Read More
Rural Bapt. church sees 900 baptisms in 6 yearsGADSDEN, Ala. (BP) -- In 1995, Joey Hanner was a trucker who was about to give up on his marriage -- and he was one Sunday service away from giving up on church too.
"We were going to give church one more try and then we were going to end our marriage," he said.
They were so mad at each other they hadn't even realized that day was their 12th wedding anniversary, Hanner said. Read More
Flood-damaged church's baptisms reflect renewal
Baptisms give encouragement to flood-damaged church of its renewal in reaching its community. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: When your grandchild gets baptized
Doug Munton recounts the "incredibly personal and special moment" of baptizing his grandson. Even so, he notes, "The rejoicing in heaven over one who repents is deeper than any grandparent is capable of in this world." Read More