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  • Tract for prison evangelism is a 'self-proclaimer'

    by Morgan Collier, posted Thursday, July 12, 2018 (3 days ago)

    HOUSTON (BP) -- Without experience in writing nor a theological background, David Howell answered his call to evangelism through prison ministry.

    Howell, a Texas businessman in the oil industry and member of Second Baptist Church in Houston, started his outreach by writing a graphic guidebook titled, "How to Be a Child of God," to be distributed free in prisons across the country through his ministry Prison Evangelism. Read More

  • High school grads stay in church through new outreach

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, July 05, 2018 (10 days ago)

    Photo by Chris Carter
    AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- Students can remain engaged in discipleship and evangelism when moving from high school to college in a new outreach targeting pastors, parents, churches, ministries and teenagers alike.

    Campus Ministry Link (CML), the new outreach of Austin, Texas-based Campus Renewal Ministries, seeks to reverse a Gospel-engagement decline of 70 percent among high school graduates leaving home, CML Director of Partnerships John Decker told Baptist Press.

    "The stakes are really high," Decker said. "It's the largest transition they (students) will ever go through." CML connects students with ministries on any college campus in the U.S. Read More

  • Migrant ministry gets early start in Calif.

    by Holly Smith/California Southern Baptist, posted Monday, July 02, 2018 (13 days ago)

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    PARLIER, Calif. (BP) -- Feeding Those Who Feed Us has been a popular California Southern Baptist Convention ministry for nearly 20 years, seeing thousands of migrant workers make professions of faith in Christ.

    The convention ministers in more than 25 migrant centers each summer throughout California, providing food staples, Vacation Bible Schools, children's activities, live music, Gospel messages and other outreach initiatives. Read More

  • FROM THE SEMINARIES: Hershael York named SBTS theology dean; MBTS launches women's ministry concentrations

    by BP Staff, posted Monday, June 25, 2018 (20 days ago)

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    In today's From the Seminaries: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

    Hershael York named theology dean at Southern

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Longtime pastor and New Testament scholar Hershael York will become the new dean of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's school of theology, effective Aug. 1, succeeding Gregory A. Wills, who is completing a five-year term. Read More

  • 2nd-gen pastors explore cross-cultural ministry

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (23 days ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Struggles and opportunities unique to second-generation Americans pastoring beyond their cultural heritage are a new focus of the 2nd Generation Asian-American Fellowship.

    The Southern Baptist fellowship drew about 20 pastors to a noon panel discussion June 12 in Dallas, kicking off a mentoring initiative to help second -- and even third -- generation pastors successfully navigate cross-cultural church planting and pastoral ministry. The event was held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting. Read More

  • Hispanics talk discipleship at LifeWay luncheon

    by Keila Diaz, posted Thursday, June 21, 2018 (24 days ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Nearly 60 Hispanic pastors and leaders gained discipleship insights and resources during a LifeWay Leadership luncheon June 12 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

    Craig Featherstone, LifeWay Global vice president, welcomed the group and noted LifeWay's new centers in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Brazil in addition to short-term Bible studies in Spanish.

    These developments, he said, were steps toward creating resources to help churches -- including Hispanic churches -- make disciples and leaders. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Calling out the called

    by Hance Dilbeck, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Churches need a fresh resolve to call out men to be pastors, Hance Dilbeck writes. "We need more people-loving, Bible-preaching, holy-living, soul-winning pastors. ... Let's challenge people to listen, to imagine the possibility of God's call, to embrace the blessing of a life spent building up the church and advancing the Gospel." Read More

  • Collegiate ministers get 'fresh take' at LifeWay summit

    by David Roach, posted Friday, May 04, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by David Roach
    HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- A triennial gathering involving hundreds of collegiate ministry workers "inspires us to go back to our campus with new ideas and a fresh take on things," said Arkansas campus minister Dawn Reed.

    That's why she returned to LifeWay Christian Resources' Collegiate Summit, hosted this year May 2-4 by First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn.

    Collegiate Summit featured plenary addresses, networking opportunities and breakout sessions on issues facing college ministers. Among the conference's sponsors were the International Mission Board, the North American Mission Board's Send Relief, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Samaritan's Purse. Read More

  • NAAF links with Prison Fellowship to reach community

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 30, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Racial disparities within America's criminal justice system are spurring black Southern Baptist pastors to work more closely with the national evangelical Prison Fellowship ministry, a pastors' group told Baptist Press.

    The National African American Fellowship (NAAF) of the Southern Baptist Convention is dialoging with Prison Fellowship to study ways pastors can cooperate with the national prison ministry to better serve congregations, NAAF Executive Director Dennis Mitchell said. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Googling autism & the church

    by DeAnna Gibson, posted Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (3 months ago)

    In googling autism from a family perspective, DeAnna Gibson found that their struggles made churchgoing futile or, as she was experiencing, extremely difficult, underscoring the importance of churches connecting with special needs families. Read More