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  • Factory or horseback, bivocational pastor thrives

    by Sue Sprenkle, posted Thursday, January 04, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Sue Sprenkle
    AUGUSTA, Kan. (BP) -- Each workstation is a flurry of activity. Plastic bottles stream down the conveyer belts. Hands reach out to adjust each bottle to face the same direction before they go to plastic wrap. Across the floor, someone shouts above the rickety-racket to shut down one of the machines and reload.

    Don Mayberry walks through the factory's maze of machines and activity, stopping to talk to each person. He asks about family, the latest sports event or simply how their day is going. His conversations with coworkers inevitably end in smiles, laughter and lighthearted teasing along with his trademark fist bump or the occasional side-hug.

    It's the same at the cowboy church Mayberry pastors in Augusta, Kan. Read More

  • 2017 SBC Pastors' Conf. issues financial report

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 03, 2018 (one month ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- In what may be the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference's first public financial report, 2017 conference president Dave Miller noted expenditures of just over $400,000 for the Phoenix gathering plus an additional $100,000 provided by the Cooperative Program to help pay for meeting space.

    "As pastors of average and smaller churches, the costs of the conference boggled our minds," Miller, pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Sioux City, Iowa, wrote in a Jan. 2 report. "But we found that with the support of the entities of the SBC ... Read More

  • Next Gen Pastors' Network: Leaders share challenges

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Tuesday, January 02, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN
    DALLAS (BP) -- "Only 38 percent of evangelical pastors are under the age of 40, the lowest percentage in history," Shane Pruitt, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention director of evangelism, told the Texan before the start of the SBTC's Next Gen Pastors' Network Roundtable at Criswell College.

    More than 100 young pastors assembled in Criswell's Horner Hall and library for breakout sessions, dinner and a panel discussion before the 2017 SBTC Annual Meeting convened. The Nov. 13 gathering marked the merger of Next Gen with another young pastors' group, Forge, said Tony Wolfe, SBTC director of ... Read More

  • San Juan pastor serves meals, Gospel after Maria

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, October 09, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Hungry and thirsty two weeks after Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico, the teenage girl approached as Southern Baptist church planter Johnny Baez was serving beans, rice and filtered water.

    "I'm hungry and I don't have nothing at home," she told Baez, "and I just start walking to see if I find something to eat."

    Baez shared the girl's story with Baptist Press by telephone Oct. 6, recounting... Read More

  • Special ops good prep for bivocational pastor

    by Roger Alford, Kentucky Today, posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 (6 months ago)

    NEBO, Ky. (BP) -- Retired Army Maj. Tim Morgan spent 24 years as a soldier serving his country. Now he's focused on serving others as a bivocational pastor.

    Morgan, pastor of Silent Run Baptist Church in western Kentucky, now seeks to bring the same courage and tenacity to his ministry that he was decorated for as a special operations helicopter pilot delivering Delta Force soldiers and Navy Seals into hot spots around the world. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Is your pastor able to retire?

    by Randy Bennett, posted Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Randy Bennett examines the financial realities many pastors may face as they approach retirement. God will bless a church that participates in a retirement plan for its pastor, he writes. Read More

  • Pastors' wives urged to be 'brave,' engage culture

    by Shannon Baker, posted Tuesday, June 20, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Be "brave" in sharing God's truth to those outside and inside the church, especially in the face of today's increasing intolerance toward Christianity, said several speakers during the 2017 Pastors' Wives Conference. Read More

  • Pastors' Conf.: H.B. Charles Jr. elected president

    by SBC writing team, posted Tuesday, June 13, 2017 (8 months ago)

    The 2017 SBC Pastors' Conference proved historic on many levels including the unanimous election of H.B. Charles Jr., pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., as the conference's first black president. Read More

  • Common Ground: Pastors share testimonies, advice

    by SBC writing team, posted Tuesday, June 13, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, said he began his ministry as a street preacher who didn't know anything about the Southern Baptist Convention.

    Luter, a former SBC president, was one of four pastors who gave a "Common Ground Testimony" to encourage those in ministry during the SBC Pastors' Conference meeting in Phoenix June 11-12. Read More

  • Study of Philippians pervades Pastors' Conf.

    by SBC writing team, posted Monday, June 12, 2017 (8 months ago)

    Encouraging and edifying pastors via the preaching of expository messages from the book of Philippians, the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference kicked off Sunday (June 11) at the Phoenix Convention Center. Read More