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  • PrayerLink expresses its mission in logo's redesign

    by Roger S. Oldham, posted Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (12 hours ago)

    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- Calling on the Southern Baptist PrayerLink leadership team to "fan into flame a passionate pursuit of God in prayer," Chris Schofield opened the group's winter meeting as PrayerLink's first executive director.

    "The Lord is not through with what we began years ago," said Schofield, director of the Office of Prayer for Evangelization and Spiritual Awakening for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Read More

  • Gaines calls for 21-day fast before Phoenix SBC

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, May 18, 2017 (5 days ago)

    PHOENIX (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines has called Southern Baptists to 21 days of prayer and fasting leading up to the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.

    The fast will begin May 23 and end June 12, the day preceding the June 13-14 SBC annual meeting, Gaines announced today (May 18) in a written call to prayer. He defined fasting as "doing without something in order to focus more attention on the Lord Jesus and His Kingdom," adding that "prayer and fasting are essentials in the Christian life." Read More

  • Prayerwalking lifts church's heart for its community

    by Julia Bell, posted Monday, May 15, 2017 (8 days ago)

    GREENWOOD, S.C. (BP) -- Members of Abney Memorial Baptist Church have prayerwalked every street within a five-mile radius of the church.

    The South Carolina congregation's two-year outreach has encompassed 2,000 homes and businesses, praying for the people living or working inside.

    It has become a meaningful ministry that affects residents and church alike in Greenwood, S.C., pastor Brent Bennett said. Read More

  • 'O Lord listen, forgive, hear, act' America prays

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, May 04, 2017 (19 days ago)

    From 45,000 or more venues including public parks, courthouses, churches, community centers, government buildings and the like, concerted pleas went up to God for America on the 66th annual National Day of Prayer. Read More

  • GAINES: 'A prayer for America'

    by Steve Gaines, posted Thursday, May 04, 2017 (19 days ago)

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    SBC president Steve Gaines offers prayer for America on National Day of Prayer. "We know that God answers the faith-filled, frequent, fervent prayers of His people," Gaines writes. "As Southern Baptists, we believe that we should pray and ask God to bless our nation and its leaders." Read More

  • Prayerwalking continues to spark evangelism

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

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Prayerwalking continues to play a vital role in leading people to personal relationships with Jesus, according to ministry leaders and church planters who practice the spiritual discipline of "praying onsite with insight" as part of their ministries.

    Mike Puckett, executive director of Baptist Campus Ministry of the High Country in North Carolina, said prayerwalking in his context has been a cornerstone practice -- "a really great way to start work in a new community" as well as "massively important" to ongoing work. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Calling churches to prayer

    by Kenny Rager, posted Monday, April 17, 2017 (one month ago)

    A key factor in the health of a church is an active prayer meeting, Kenny Rager writes. "We may pray before the service and before the offering, but are we collectively crying out to God together?" he asks. Read More

  • Prioritize prayer, Gaines says in SBTS chapel message

    by Annie Corser, posted Thursday, April 13, 2017 (one month ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptists should prioritize prayer for unity and evangelism, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines said in a chapel message at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary setting forth key aspects of prayer.

    "I'm praying that the priority of the Southern Baptist Convention ... will become literally a house of prayer," Gaines said. "I'm praying that when people think about the Southern Baptist Convention the very first thing they will think of is this: That's the group of folks, those are the folks that pray." 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