Pastor care line offers confidential help

Southern Baptist pastors struggling through personal or professional crisis now have a confidential place to turn, thanks to a new partnership between the North American Mission Board and Focus on the Family. The care line — dedicated exclusively to Southern Baptist pastors, chaplains and missionaries — is toll-free at 1-844-PASTOR1. Calls are answered by Focus […]

Church mourns youth pastor, wife & sons

The funeral of a youth pastor, his wife and two teenage sons was “the hardest thing I have ever done as the pastor of this church,” Justin Mason of Rosebower Baptist Church in Paducah, Ky., said Oct. 8. Michael Cruce, a Kentucky youth pastor, and his wife Monica and sons Joshua, 17, and Caleb, 14, […]

Anderson University graduate working overseas to combat Ebola

Jeff Deal’s disinfecting device has been described as a “superbug slaying machine.” Some have said it looks like the robot R2-D2 from Star Wars. Deal, who graduated in the 1970s from what was then Anderson College (now Anderson University), took his device to Liberia [recently] to help combat the spread of Ebola. Deal has been […]

Hunt’s ‘lab’ aims for renewal among pastors

Josh Hayes can recount a variety of takeaways he garnered at a church revitalization conference he attended last month — from reminders about ministry being a “people business” to the importance of equipping a congregation with the necessary ministry tools. But Hayes said one particular moment was a game-changer for him. Hayes, the children’s pastor […]

Retired missionary sees positive signs

June Batson Goodwin, a retired Southern Baptist missionary who grew up in South Carolina, says interest and involvement in missions is on the rise. Goodwin, 86, who lives near Raleigh, N.C., recently visited her home church, Reedy River Baptist Church in Greenville, where she was recognized for her career service as a missionary. She and […]

Panel reflects on civil rights

Fifty years after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted a two-day event focused on America’s struggle for social equality and the roles people of faith played during the civil rights movement. The events were held in partnership with the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture […]

Bible’s sufficiency & counseling discussed

Affirming the sufficiency of Scripture in biblical counseling is a “radical idea,” said R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, at the school’s first Counsel the Word Conference. The conference, co-sponsored by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), featured popular practitioners Paul David Tripp, David Powlison, Heath Lambert and others […]

Survey: Prayer often ‘red phone for help’

Many Americans pray for divine help, their friends, families, and sometimes their enemies. But few of them offer praises to God or pray for politicians and nonbelievers, according to a new LifeWay Research survey. “Most people pray when they need the red phone for help,” said Ed Stetzer, executive director of LifeWay Research, adding that […]

Focus on the Family joins with North American Mission Board to offer pastor care line 

Partnership provides support for pastors from more than 50,000 Southern Baptist Convention churches Focus on the Family and the North American Mission Board are partnering to give Southern Baptist pastors a confidential outlet for advice and encouragement from Focus’ team of licensed counselors. “When people face a crisis, they immediately turn to their pastors for help. But […]