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Vacation Bible School: What stirs churches to do it?NASHVILLE (BP) -- Vacation Bible School is synonymous with summer in many churches -- perhaps because it's been around in one form or another since 1898.
Under its current moniker among Southern Baptists, VBS has been an evangelistic strategy since the 1920s. In kid's ministry -- which is often marked by trendy short-lived fads -- VBS is a proven program with real staying power. Read More
300-mile, 2-week trek: Church prays for ChicagolandCHICAGO (BP) -- The idea came to Phil Nelson after preaching through the book of Jonah. If the prophet's preaching judgment on Nineveh made the whole city repent and turn to God, he wondered what would happen if someone preached not just judgment, but hope.
Nelson and a small team from his church in southern Illinois, Lakeland Baptist in Carbondale, ventured to Chicago -- more than 300 miles to the north -- for a two-week prayerwalk through the city.
Carrying a 10-foot-tall, 80-pound wooden cross, Nelson, his daughter Hannah and Steve and Trish Whitaker walked through some of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods in May, stopping to pray with people and share the Gospel. Read More
Evangelists: 'Harvest events' counter SBC baptism declineJACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- In what's been called the first official statement from Southern Baptist evangelists to pastors, a consortium of vocational evangelists says increased scheduling of "harvest" events could help reverse the Southern Baptist Convention's downward trend in baptisms.
"There is a desperate need for evangelistic expository preaching followed by an invitation given clearly, honestly, courteously, urgently, expectantly, and with complete dependence on the Holy Spirit," according to a white paper released May 14 by evangelist Jerry Drace and a coalition of 14 other evangelists he convened for a March 2-3 summit in Jackson, Tenn. "The Vocational Evangelists in the SBC are available to assist the pastors in drawing the net whatever the Harvest Event." Read More
9 roofs & counting for church's home repair outreachVIBURNUM, Mo. (BP) -- She had a 6-foot-wide hole in her roof and a 55-gallon drum catching rainwater in her living room.
Retired after 35 years in the local school district, she and her son, who is battling cancer, now have a new roof provided by the Love Thy Neighbor home repair outreach of First Baptist Church in Viburnum, Mo.
"I was on that crew and every person except me had her as a teacher," said Justin Perry, First Baptist's pastor. "While the crew worked, she cried tears ... Read More
Outdoors-themed outreach boosts church's witnessUMATILLA, Fla. (BP) -- On a Sunday in April, pastor Brooks Braswell encouraged worshipers to praise God for the many blessings He is showering down on the church.
"Last Sunday, in all of our morning services and in our baptismal service God brought the blessings," said Braswell, pastor of First Baptist Church in the lake community of Umatilla, Fla. "He showed up in a big way."
Braswell baptized 53 people between ages 6 and 87 at picturesque Lake ... Read More
NOBTS prof: Ramadan beneficial to Christians, retailersNASHVILLE (BP) -- Christians in the U.S. can benefit from the hospitality Muslims extend during Ramadan, a Southern Baptist professor told Baptist Press, just as U.S. retailers are increasingly catering to the month-long celebration.
Party City, Whole Foods and Macy's are offering festive decorations, modest clothing and discounts on ethnic foods this Ramadan, satisfying a Muslim market estimated at between 3.45 million and 5.7 million people. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: It's not about us
In line at Starbucks, Keith Shorter ponders the daunting challenges often facing missionaries and church planters as well as the early Christians who faced threats, jailings and beatings. Read More
'100 Houses' evangelism effort in New OrleansNEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Don't tell seminary professor Preston Nix that door-to-door evangelism in New Orleans does not work. Time and again, he has found that loving Gospel conversations, even during door-to-door evangelism, can and do lead to decisions for Christ.
"It does not work ... if you do not work it," said Nix, professor of evangelism and evangelistic preaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. "But if you work it with a smile on your face, the love of Christ in your heart, and the Good News of the Gospel on your lips shared with kindness and conviction, you will be amazed at how many people will listen to you and respond to the message of the Gospel." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Calling out the called
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
SBC evangelism task force finalizes recommendationsFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- With hopes of catalyzing "a fresh wave of evangelistic passion," the Southern Baptist Convention's evangelism task force has finalized its recommendations to the convention and will release them a week before the SBC annual meeting in Dallas.
The task force, appointed last June by SBC President Steve Gaines, held its third and final meeting May 14-15 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to adopting its recommendations unanimously, the 19-member group elected Southern Baptist Theological Seminary administrator Adam Greenway as vice chairman. Southwestern Seminary President Paige Patterson is chairman. Read More