Faith leaders on both sides of border pray for children

American Baptist missionaries gathered with faith leaders on both sides of U.S.-Mexico border to pray for children fleeing violence in Central America.

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Louisiana College lauds controversial former president

A Baptist school on probation with its accrediting agency opened the new school year by honoring its former president, prompting questions about whether anything has changed.

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The school supply store at Edgewood Church in Atlanta. (Edgewood Facebook photo)
The school supply store at Edgewood Church in Atlanta. (Edgewood Facebook photo)

Schools prime ministry locations for many churches, say leaders

Churches, ministers and educators say one of the best ways to serve communities is by helping local schools.

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BWA allocates funds for persecuted Iraqi Christians

The Baptist World Alliance is encouraging Baptists and other Christians to follow suit with money for Christians fleeing persecution at the hands of ISIS.

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After a tough year, Birmingham church fills pulpit vacancy

Veteran Alabama Baptist pastor Jim Cooley assumes leadership of a congregation that has endured a particularly tough year.

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Baptist disaster experts face Ebola, opposition ministering to immigrants

During meetings Aug. 26-27, the North American Baptist Fellowship’s Disaster Response Network members discussed how to best address current and past disasters.

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Climbers make camp at a site above the clouds on Mount Kilimanjaro. (Photo by Tim Glover)
Climbers make camp at a site above the clouds on Mount Kilimanjaro. (Photo by Tim Glover)

Lofty fundraiser leads Baptist to climb Kilimanjaro

Hardin-Simmons athletic trainer takes on famous mountain in effort to raise money for global sports ministry. 

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David Platt elected IMB president

The 36-year-old pastor of The Church at Brook Hills, a Southern Baptist congregation in Birmingham, Ala., takes office immediately as president of the SBC International Mission Board. With more than 4,800 missionaries, the IMB is the largest denominational missionary-sending body among American evangelicals.

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David Hull to join the Center for Healthy Churches

A former Alabama pastor and key leader in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will assume the role of coordinator for The Center for Healthy Churches-Southeast.

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Wilshire honors George Mason for 25 years as pastor

Wilshire Baptist Church celebrated the 25th anniversary of George Mason's tenure as senior pastor with a weekend of activities Aug. 22-24. The weekend culminated in Sunday morning worship, with Rabbi David Stern of Temple Emanu-El preaching in both morning services.

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Damage sustained at First Presbyterian Church in Napa, Calif. (Facebook photo by David Stoker)
Damage sustained at First Presbyterian Church in Napa, Calif. (Facebook photo by David Stoker)

Baptists prepared for Calif. quake response

Churches in Napa, Calif., are already busy serving quake victims in their communities, while national Baptist disaster-relief agencies stand ready with funds, people and equipment.

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Deaths of pastor, wife, ruled murder/suicide

Two Baptist churches in North Carolina are baffled by the deaths of a well-liked couple that police say resulted from a murder and a suicide.

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Fellowship is a spiritual need the elderly who live at home or in nursing homes rarely see met. (Creative Commons photo by Kara Newhouse)
Fellowship is a spiritual need the elderly who live at home or in nursing homes rarely see met. (Creative Commons photo by Kara Newhouse)

Georgia church heeds calling to serve elderly through worship

After selling its building to developers, the congregation at Scott Boulevard Baptist Church in Decatur has created an endowment to meet the spiritual needs of isolated senior citizens — a ministry area experts say is one of the most under-served in the nation. 

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Pastor, former journalist leaving Baptists for UCC

Kathryn Palen, a former Baptist Press writer who for the last seven years has been pastor of an American Baptist church in Rhode Island, is joining the staff of a United Church of Christ congregation in Iowa.

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The Navy is deciding how to offer religious literature in its base hotel network. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker)
The Navy is deciding how to offer religious literature in its base hotel network. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker)

Bible flap challenges Navy policies on faith in pluralistic society

The military, like other branches of government, faces challenges in an increasingly pluralistic society to accommodate religious belief without endorsing it.

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Past CBF moderator moving to UCC church

A recent key leader in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is embracing a new identity as a minister in the United Church of Christ.

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Four more Baptist groups join BWA

The new organizations bring to 231 the number of Baptist World Alliance affiliates.

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Churches and ministries reap benefits from commercial real estate sales. (Creative Commons photo by John Murden)
Churches and ministries reap benefits from commercial real estate sales. (Creative Commons photo by John Murden)

When the price is right, churches are selling property to advance ministry

Churches being wooed by developers are seeing opportunities to expand ministries and facilities with lucrative real estate deals. 

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Baptist Standard to cease operation of its FaithVillage social media network

Though site traffic was high, the resource provider didn’t generate enough revenue.

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Preacher returns to pulpit after son’s suicide

Ergun Caner says he has no answers about why his 15-year-old son killed himself, but he sought solace by returning to the pulpit.

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