Bringing life back into a congregation can mean making difficult changes to worship style, culture and identity, experts acknowledge. However, they disagree on how many churches are willing to take those steps. (Jeff Brumley/ABPnews/Herald)
Bringing life back into a congregation can mean making difficult changes to worship style, culture and identity, experts acknowledge. However, they disagree on how many churches are willing to take those steps. (Jeff Brumley/ABPnews/Herald)

Experts seek balance between optimism and pessimism in future of congregations

Church revitalization is increasing, but is there enough interest to spark change?

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Kentucky Baptist Convention leaders, Campbellsville University trustees clash

A year after reaffirming a covenant agreement defining their relationship, a Baptist state convention and university are suddenly on the brink of severing ties.

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“I didn’t write this book; it wrote me,” says Merritt. (Photo/Dan Bigelow)
“I didn’t write this book; it wrote me,” says Merritt. (Photo/Dan Bigelow)

Jonathan Merritt explores how he took hold of ‘a thread called grace’

The faith and culture writer talks about the journey to revitalize his faith, the relevance of denominations, the debate over Calvinism and why a Southern Baptist preacher’s kid is living in Brooklyn.

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South African tapped to lead Baptist World Alliance

Ngwedla Paul Msiza, a pastor from Pretoria, is only the second African to lead the BWA and will take office in July 2015. 

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BWA resolution calls surge of child immigrants a ‘humanitarian crisis’

Global Baptist group urges comprehensive approach to underlying issues that contribute to crisis.

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Union University murder case headed to grand jury

If indicted this fall, former Christian ministry major Charlie Pittman will stand trial for murder sometime next year.

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Pastor pleads guilty to domestic violence

A CBF pastor in Texas will serve 12 months of probation for misdemeanor assault during a family argument two months ago.

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Texas Baptist Men volunteers provide childcare for children detained in Brownsville, Texas, who entered the United States illegally without a parent. (TBM Photo)
Texas Baptist Men volunteers provide childcare for children detained in Brownsville, Texas, who entered the United States illegally without a parent. (TBM Photo)

Disaster relief groups challenged by border crisis

Everything from government red tape to American attitudes against immigrants pose difficulties to Baptist relief groups seeking to help thousands of immigrant children on U.S.-Mexico border.

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Publisher to correct ‘errors’ in Vines autobiography

A new book by a former Southern Baptist Convention leader has reopened an old controversy about the handling of reports of sexual abuse by clergy.

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Passport, Inc. returned to Florida with a summer youth camp in Jacksonville. (Jeff Brumley/ABPnews/Herald).
Passport, Inc. returned to Florida with a summer youth camp in Jacksonville. (Jeff Brumley/ABPnews/Herald).

With Florida camp, Passport returns to its birthplace

Hundreds of campers volunteered at eight nonprofits and ministries around Jacksonville.

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Bluefield College suspends dental school project until funding is secured

The dental school will be aimed to impact underserved Appalachian communities.

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Election of new president tops BWA gathering’s agenda

The Baptist World Alliance’s governing bodies will meet in Turkey next week.

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SACS commission releases statement on Brewton-Parker accreditation woes

President Ergun Caner says a recent vote to revoke the school’s accreditation isn’t final, and he expects it to be reversed whether on appeal or in court.

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Caner ordered to pay attorney fees

A Georgia Baptist college professor has been ordered to pay legal fees after filing a lawsuit deemed frivolous by a federal judge.

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SNAP leader says police should investigate alleged abuse cover-up by DOM

The arrest of a former youth pastor at a Southern Baptist church in Alabama has one of the alleged victims pointing a finger at his former pastor.

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Judge dismisses Sovereign Grace appeal

For the second time, a lawsuit alleging what has been called the largest evangelical sex abuse scandal to date has been struck down because of a technicality.

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Seminary cuts ties with embattled SGM

A spokesman for Southern Baptist Theological Seminary confirmed that the school is ending a formal partnership with Sovereign Grace Ministries, accused in criminal and civil courts of mishandling reports of sexual abuse.

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Judge OKs settlement of Baptist home lawsuit

Sunrise Children’s Services plans to challenge a ruling that settles a 14-year-old lawsuit over public funding of faith-based organizations.

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Longest-serving CBF staff member retires

During her 23 years at CBF, Clarissa Strickland has worked in five different office buildings and under all three of CBF’s executive coordinators.

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Third Way pastor invited to White House

While he isn’t talking to media, Pastor Danny Cortez described New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, Calif., in a sermon as being “in the eye of the storm.”

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