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  • Church begun in 1794 holds 1st Vacation Bible School

    by Scott Barkley/Georgia Christian Index, posted Friday, July 21, 2017 (4 days ago)

    Photo by Jenni Carter
    SPARTA, Ga. (BP) -- Island Creek Baptist Church joined in for the first time since its founding in 1794.

    The church had a Vacation Bible School.

    Over time, folks from Atlanta-area communities had bought retirement homes on the shores of Lake Sinclair and found a church home at Island Creek near Sparta, Ga. Read More

  • Serve Day catches community's attention

    by Daniel Woodman , posted Friday, July 07, 2017 (18 days ago)

    Photo courtesy of Tammy Seimears/ Madison News.
    TOPEKA, Kan. (BP) -- An outreach effort in Topeka, Kan., has utilized local media coverage to publicize the ministry of Kansas Baptists and to share the love of Christ in America's heartland.

    The one-day ministry, called "Serve Day," is put on by the local Flint Hills Baptist Association. Each year churches that cooperate with the association join together to repair homes, install smoke alarms and meet other physical needs in the community. Laying a foundation for churches to share the Gospel is the ministry's first priority. Read More

  • Homeless ministry stirred by coffee shop encounter

    by Samantha Moats, posted Monday, July 03, 2017 (22 days ago)

    MOBILE, Ala. (BP) -- The barista stands smiling behind the counter while preparing drinks. Meanwhile, an unkempt, older man walks in: dirty blue jeans, a shirt several sizes too large, his face unshaven and burned from the sun.

    "Hey there, Chelsey!" he calls to the barista.

    "Hey, Mr. Jimmy!" she returns, coming from behind the counter and to reach out for a hug -- still smiling. Read More

  • Layman honors wife's legacy at Bonnaroo

    by David Dawson, posted Friday, June 30, 2017 (25 days ago)

    MANCHESTER, Tenn. (BP) -- Ignoring the heat and the insects, Bill Thompson maneuvered his way through the tall grass, weaving through the maze of parked cars and pop-up tents that were jammed together in the massive open field at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tenn.

    The path wasn't especially easy to navigate for the 85-year-old Thompson. But he relentlessly pressed on, determined to complete his two-pronged mission: Sharing the Good News of Jesus to the massive collection of attendees at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and honoring the legacy of his late wife, Gerri. Read More

  • Bonnaroo 'Jesus Tent' sharing Christ's love

    by David Dawson, posted Friday, June 30, 2017 (25 days ago)

    MANCHESTER, Tenn. (BP) -- The line outside the tent is lengthy, but it moves along steadily and orderly. Even at 10:30 in the morning, long before any musical acts have taken the stage, the 'Jesus Tent' is buzzing with activity at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

    Bringing to mind the image of the occupants boarding Noah's Ark, the processional of young adults, often arriving in pairs, gradually makes its way closer and closer to the tent in Manchester, Tenn., about an hour's drive south of Nashville. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Making the most of being out of place

    by Dennis Conner, posted Thursday, June 29, 2017 (27 days ago)

    People who move to a new community likely are open to conversation and friendship, Dennis Conner writes. "With open ears, hearts and minds, we may discover some new ways to communicate the unchanging message of the Gospel," he notes. Read More

  • Attracting unchurched grows small churches, study says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 28, 2017 (27 days ago)

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    WHEATON, Ill. (BP) -- Attracting and keeping people considered unchurched is rated as the top predictor of growth through new professions of faith at small churches, according to a new study encompassing 12 Christian denominations including Southern Baptists.

    "These churches are places of invitation, welcome and involvement for the unchurched," the study's authors said. "So, the unchurched stick around in greater numbers. And they come to Christ and get committed to the church in greater numbers." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Here's my card

    by Diana Davis, posted Tuesday, June 27, 2017 (28 days ago)

    Go to a local print shop or go online to make a personal card to share in everyday encounters with people, Diana Davis suggests, for opportunities to offer help and a witness for Christ. Read More

  • Evangelists aim for greater international reach

    by Daniel Woodman, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (one month ago)

    Increasing international evangelism and diversity were the focus of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists when it gathered in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix. Read More

  • Prayer, evangelism highlight SBC 2017 recap video

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, June 22, 2017 (one month ago)

    Screen capture from recap video
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Prayer and soul-winning evangelism are highlighted in a brief video recapping the spiritual emphases of the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Phoenix.

    Impassioned pleas with outstretched hands and heads bowed before God, high praise, brief interviews and video captions of Southern Baptist leaders and members comprise the video capturing the June 13-14 meeting and its preliminary events in Phoenix and surrounding suburbs. The SBC's growing diversity in leadership is captured in African American and Hispanic pastors and officers. Read More