Jeff Brumley

Jeff Brumley

Jeff Brumley is assistant editor of ABPnews/Herald. Daniel Wallace writes for the Baptist Standard.

Youth are pulled in infinite directions simultaneously and have vast quantities of information at their disposal. Silence can be a rare and exotic experience. 

Increasingly, mission trips are evaluated not only by the impact on the target area, but on those who minister. It’s a shift in attitudes toward domestic and international outreach.

Close to 100 residents of the Georgia city are still affected by damage caused by a winter storm that swept through the Southeast in mid-February.

Youth minister Kent McKeever, also an attorney who represents indigent clients in Waco, Texas, is wearing an orange prison jumpsuit for Lent to draw attention to disparities in the sentencing of the poor and minorities.

Central Texas minister Mark Newton said he will use all his pastoral skills to engage churches for a Baptist university.

The South’s religious, culinary, literary, cultural and musical history will be examined through the lens of the civil rights movement.

“In a world in which the church gets a lot of bad press, you count a lot on the other end of the scale for us,” said the head of ABC-USA at a gathering of the NABF Disaster Response Network.

Meeting near Philadelphia this week, the NABF Disaster Response Network discussed how to avoid ministry overlap and how to screen volunteers for criminal and sexual history.

Seemingly unending problems in youths’ lives, working nights and weekends and high expectations from parents and pastors with relatively low pay result in high levels of stress for youth ministers.

Organization leaders say college and graduate students are more interested in longer-term, relationship-building projects than they are in quick-hit mission experiences. 

Page 2 of 28