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  • Attracting unchurched grows small churches, study says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 28, 2017 (8 months 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

  • 1,285 baptized in Fla. on 'Acts 2:41 Sunday'

    by Barbara Denman, posted Wednesday, May 10, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- Florida's beaches, rivers, lakes and even pools came alive May 7 with the gospel testimonies of 1,285 new Christian believers as 112 Florida Baptist churches partnered for "Acts 2:41 Sunday -- Baptizing Coast-to-Coast."

    From the sandy white Gulf beaches of Perdido Key in Pensacola to the blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean that stretch from Jacksonville to Miami; from the Suwannee River to lakes and state parks in every region, thousands of Florida Baptists and onlookers gathered to celebrate and witness the hundreds of Christians who publicly professed their faith through baptism. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The invited become the inviters

    by Ernest L. Easley, posted Wednesday, June 22, 2016 (one year ago)

    Southern Baptists' decline in baptisms prompts evangelism professor Ernest Easley to suggest: "It's time we get back to inviting people to come to Jesus." Describing invitations to faith as biblical, Easley notes, "The God who initiates a relationship with us and then invites us into that relationship has commissioned us to become the inviters, as we invite the lost to Christ." Read More

  • BAPTISTS: Reflections of the stats guy

    by Ed Stetzer , posted Friday, June 10, 2016 (one year ago)

    Ed Stetzer, outgoing executive director of LifeWay Research, recaps his assessments of Southern Baptists' decline in membership and baptisms and his calls for greater initiatives in evangelism, church planting and engaging the culture. Read More

  • Ezell, Rainer appoint disciple-making task force

    by North American Mission Board Staff, posted Thursday, May 12, 2016 (one year ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, and Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, have appointed a task force on disciple-making.

    Consisting of Southern Baptist pastors, the task force will recommend steps that churches can take to improve their disciple-making process and spark a disciple-making movement throughout the Southern Baptist Convention.

    Robby Gallaty, senior pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., will serve as the task force chairman. Read More

  • Kelley urges intentional evangelism & disciple-making

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Monday, January 25, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Chuck Kelley issued an urgent call to personal evangelism and intentional discipleship when New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's president addressed the first chapel of the new semester. Consistent witness and disciple-making in North America, Kelley said, are essential to Southern Baptist mission efforts in local communities and throughout the world. Read More

  • Baptisms sign of church's evangelism success

    by Brian Blackwell/Baptist Message, posted Thursday, July 23, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    LAKE CHARLES, La. (BP) -- Trinity Baptist Church planned to baptize 24 people one Sunday, as a special celebration of how God has blessed the congregation's evangelism efforts this year.

    But by the time the last person came out of the baptismal waters, 46 had been baptized. They join 108 others who have been baptized this year at the church in Lake Charles, La.

    "When people started responding to that call to come, everyone stood up cheering and clapping," said Greg Bath, minister of evangelism at Trinity Baptist. "It was unbelievable. During our second service of the day, we were here way past 12 p.m. (when the service was scheduled to end) and no one had left. Read More

  • 2020 update relayed to Louisiana convention

    by Philip Timothy/Louisiana Baptist Message, posted Friday, November 14, 2014 (3 years ago)

    LAFAYETTE, La. (BP) -- The challenges ahead are plentiful but early results are proving both encouraging and exciting, messengers to the 167th annual meeting of the Louisiana Baptist Convention were told in the first progress report on the President's 2020 Commission. Read More

  • Baptisms, outreach drive CP-giving church

    by Karen Willoughby, posted Tuesday, November 04, 2014 (3 years ago)

    EULESS, Texas (BP) -- The 235 baptisms last year at First Baptist Church of Euless, Texas, totaled nearly 10 percent of the church's 2,534 average Sunday morning worship attendance. But pastor John Meador would like the number of baptisms to be much larger.

    That's one reason First Euless developed the "Can We Talk?" six-week training program in sharing the Gospel that has already equipped 472 members to share their faith. Read More