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  • FIRST-PERSON: Why we plant churches

    by Dennis Conner, posted Friday, May 19, 2017 (4 days ago)

    Church planting, Dennis Conner notes, provides a way to engage people who need a cultural connection "to develop relationships of trust and understanding that are essential to hearing the Gospel and responding in faith." Read More

  • Vacation in the desert kindles call to Ariz.

    by Dave Arden/Arizona Portraits, posted Tuesday, May 09, 2017 (14 days ago)

    Photo by Natalie Montgomery
    SEDONA, Ariz. (BP) -- The two-hour drive to Sedona was an uncomfortable one for Josh Jennings, balking at his wife's vacation plans in the middle of the Arizona desert after the 2011 Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix.

    But when Josh and Shannon arrived in Sedona -- 2,000-plus miles removed from their South Carolina home -- something happened they did not expect. There, in the midst of the red rock pillars and majestic mountain cliffs, they were drawn to this unique culture. Read More

  • Send Institute spreading church planting knowledge

    by Staff, posted Thursday, April 27, 2017 (26 days ago)

    Photo by John Swain/NAMB
    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- When evangelical pastors from Germany visited the North American Mission Board two years ago to tour the facility and learn more about how the entity helps church planters, they left with great appreciation for the effectiveness and commitment of Southern Baptists. They also left asking if they could use NAMB training materials with church planters in their own nation. Read More

  • NAMB's 'Pray for Planters' seeks 10,000 churches

    by Tobin Perry, posted Monday, March 20, 2017 (2 months ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Eight months ago, New Orleans church planting missionary Justin Haynes had no idea what Feb. 12-18, 2017, would have in store for him and his family. As far as he knew, the week he would be featured on the North American Mission Board's prayer calendar would be an ordinary week of sharing Christ, preparing sermons and working extra hours at a second job.

    Yet it was anything but ordinary.

    "The very week that the focus was on me and our church, I was diagnosed with ... Read More

  • El Paso-area church takes over local bar

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Wednesday, February 08, 2017 (3 months ago)

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    SAN ELIZARIO, Texas (BP) -- An El Paso-area church withstood the opposition of alleged drug traffickers and credit the protection of God as they sought to expand their presence in a strip shopping center in San Elizario, a city of 5,000 in El Paso County.

    Iglesia Bautista Dios con Nosotros, translated in English as "God with Us Baptist Church," quickly outgrew the small space rented in 2012 and expanded the storefront. Within a few years, they again needed more room, but the owner of Amigos Bar at the opposite end of the strip center had other ideas. Read More

  • Urban church planters sow amid complex demographics

    by Kimber Ross/Baptist Convention of New England, posted Thursday, January 12, 2017 (4 months ago)

    BOSTON (BP) -- Boston church planting catalyst Joe Souza has developed a unique strategy for working in the city: prayer driving.

    As a lifelong urbanite and an urban church planter in Rio de Janeiro, Orlando and now Boston, Souza frequently ponders how to reach the vast numbers of distinctive city dwellers, many of whom have radically different lifestyles from the average Christian. Read More

  • Greenwich, at Longitude 0°, seen for Gospel promise

    by Keith Collier/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Keith Collier
    LONDON (BP) -- The southeastern London borough of Greenwich, chosen in 1884 by delegates from 25 nations as the location of the prime meridian, or Longitude 0°, has served as the standard for mapping and world time zones ever since.

    The Royal Observatory is perched on a hill in the historic borough, home to the University of Greenwich and located just across the River Thames from Canary Wharf, London's bustling financial district. Greenwich's 270,000 residents are largely young professionals and students. Grounded in a secular worldview and seeming success, most of them feel no need for religion, much less the Gospel. Read More

  • Kim's journey undergirds call for church planting

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Thursday, October 13, 2016 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Gary D. Myers
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Paul Kim visited New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with two goals: promoting Asian-American involvement in the Southern Baptist Convention and encouraging students to consider church planting.

    Kim is working to spread SBC awareness and build Cooperative Program support among Asian-American Baptists as the Asian-American relations consultant with the SBC's Executive Committee -- one of many Baptist leaders working with Frank S. Page, EC president, in an effort to understand and appreciate the diverse ethnic landscape in the SBC. Read More

  • Making the Bronx 'a better city' through discipleship

    by Mark Kelly, posted Wednesday, September 07, 2016 (8 months ago)

    Photo courtesy ABC Church
    THE BRONX, New York City (BP) -- You've seen the pictures: burned-out buildings, junk cars littering vacant lots, drug dealers loitering on street corners. You've seen the news: In a single sweep recently, police arrested dozens of gang members accused of multiple murders, including the slaying of a 92-year-old woman.

    But the police can't fix the Bronx. Social workers can't heal the New York City borough, located north of Manhattan. Politicians? Read More

  • Awkward conversations fuel church plant in Phoenix

    by Mark Kelly, posted Friday, August 19, 2016 (9 months ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- When church planter Brian Bowman met Wes Sanders at Valley Life Church, the young congregation had just moved to a new location in the northern suburbs of Phoenix.

    "At the time, there were only about 50 of us, so it was easy to tell he was new," Bowman recalled. "I said, 'Hey, really glad you are here. I'd like to get coffee with you sometime.' Wes said, 'I want to bring my girlfriend Tiffany next Sunday. Maybe we all can talk then.'" Read More