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  • Campus minister: Pray for students during winter months

    by Shannon Baker, posted Friday, January 25, 2019 (22 days ago)

    Photo by Hair Kelley
    PHILADELPHIA (BP) -- Some winters are harsher than others, and for university students they can be especially challenging, says Brian Musser, Baptist campus minister at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa.

    Every January, as he prepares for the return of college students for the winter term, he finds himself praying harder and asking for more prayer for the students because of the depression and pressure that often seems to accompany the cold season.

    "More students are prone to suicide during the months of January and February," explained Musser, who noticeably feels the pressure of caring for those under his charge. He has served as a campus minister for more than 13 years and has done more student memorials during the month of February than any other time of the year. Read More

  • 29 years in campus ministry 'kept an old man young'

    by Joe Westbury/Christian Index, posted Monday, December 17, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Joe Westbury/Christian Index
    ATHENS, Ga. (BP) -- As a young man, Franklin Scott sensed a strong call to ministry but clearly knew it wouldn't be in the pastorate.

    "But back in those days being a pastor was about the only way to respond," he says on the eve of his Dec. 31 retirement after 29 years in campus ministry at the University of Georgia.

    He chuckles as he remembers his frustration at the apparently limited vocational options.

    Pastor? No clear presence of oratory skills and definitely not a public speaker; a self-described "extreme introvert."

    Minister of music? Couldn't carry a tune in a bucket. Read More

  • 800 enter 'adulting' from Kansas collegiate ministry

    by Sue Sprenkle, posted Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    HAYS, Kan. (BP) -- This is probably the last thing any of Bethany Wood's college friends would guess she's doing in her "grown up" years: mother of five, foster parent, direct sales business owner, photographer, arts council, community Bible study, 4-H and a lay leader in her local church.

    "That's a lot of adulting," Wood jokes. She didn't enter Fort Hays State University heading this direction. "I started living a life that was not pleasing to my Savior."

    Wood grew up in a Christian home. But like many who go off to college, she got swept up in parties and pushing the limits of her early adulthood at the Kansas university, 180 miles west-northwest of Wichita. Read More

  • Ministry breakthrough stories are new podcast's focus

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Friday, October 19, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BP) -- In Philippians 4:8, Paul tells the church to dwell on what's commendable and praiseworthy. With a new podcast, Christians can now apply Paul's advice during their daily commute.

    Hosted by Bryan Rose, "My Ministry Breakthrough" is dedicated to telling the stories of churches experiencing key moments of vision clarity and alignment.

    "Many of our guests may not make conference stages with their stories or be featured in big magazines, but that's the beauty of the podcasting medium," ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Unknown heroes

    by Chuck Lawless, posted Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Chuck Lawless writes about heroes who have planted their lives in places few people have heard of, yet they are the spiritual shepherds of their communities. Read More

  • Next-generation ministry envisioned at 'The Call'

    by Lee Weeks, posted Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    ANDERSON, S.C. (BP) -- The next generation of Christian ministry leaders must embrace and nurture God's individual call on their lives before God will use them as ambassadors of the Gospel locally and globally, speakers said during "The Call" Conference held at two Baptist universities.

    Hundreds of students, from middle school through college, attended the Sept. 8 session at Anderson University in Anderson, S.C., and Aug. 25 at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.

    The two universities are part of the Call To Ministry Network aimed at encouraging and nurturing the next generation in their ministry pursuits. The coalition of four Baptist-related universities also includes California Baptist University in Riverside and Union University in Jackson, Tenn. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: They pointed to me

    by Aaron Menikoff, posted Monday, September 17, 2018 (5 months ago)

    Aaron Menikoff reflects on the kind of influence he should have as a pastor, noting, "The one leader in history who had the right to dominate His followers chose instead to lay down His life for them." Read More

  • Special needs termed 'unreached people group'

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (5 months ago)

    Photo courtesy of Sandra Peoples
    ALVIN, Texas (BP) -- Any church with at least one member with a medical, mental or psychological disorder such as autism or ADHD essentially has a God-given special needs ministry, pastor Lee Peoples told Baptist Press.

    Intentionally meeting the practical and spiritual needs of just one special needs member can mean the difference in reaching whom the pastor characterizes as "an unreached people group within our nation."

    "People with special needs, disabilities, are often -- in churches -- some of the most underserved groups," said Peoples, pastor of Heights Baptist Church (SBC) in Alvin, Texas, and the father of 10-year-old James who has autism. Read More

  • Gospel harvest plentiful at colleges, leader says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 07, 2018 (5 months ago)

    Photo from City Church Tallahassee
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (BP) -- More than 700 Tallahassee college students attended the 2018 fall semester launch of City Church U, the college ministry of City Church in Tallahassee, Fla., yielding at least five decisions for Christ.

    Likely, others will come to Christ as volunteer on-campus student leaders build community among the three colleges the ministry reaches, City Church college director Hunter Leavine told Baptist Press.

    City Church held "Launch at Langford" on the Langford Green lawn of Florida State University (FSU) Wednesday evening (Sept. 5), rallying to reap a Gospel harvest that Leavine considers plentiful. Read More