Former S.C. pastor Mickey Caison retires from SBC’s ‘greatest job’

Think back among the most harrowing disasters in recent U.S. history: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Midwest floods of 1993, the Northridge earthquake and Hurricanes Andrew, Harvey and Irma. Mickey Caison has represented Southern Baptists at each of them. As national director of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief for most of the past […]

NAMB’s ‘Pray for Planters’ seeks 10,000 churches

Eight months ago, New Orleans church planting missionary Justin Haynes had no idea what Feb. 12-18, 2017, would have in store for him and his family. As far as he knew, the week he would be featured on the North American Mission Board’s prayer calendar would be an ordinary week of sharing Christ, preparing sermons […]

Baptists mobilize after weekend storms in Southeast

Southern Baptists throughout the Southeast have started responding to a deadly storm system that reportedly claimed the lives of at least 19 people from Georgia to Mississippi over a two-day period this past weekend. Severe weather, which lasted through Sunday night (Jan. 22) in the region, extended into South Carolina and north Florida. According to […]

Watch live: Southern Baptists converge in St. Louis for annual meeting

Messengers┬áhave gathered in St. Louis, Mo., for the 2016 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. Click here to watch a live stream of the two-day proceedings. In the days preceding┬áthe annual meeting, Southern Baptist volunteers reported more than 350 professions of faith in Jesus Christ during Crossover events throughout metro St. Louis this year. […]

Family takes ‘insane’ step to plant church

Rob Burgess couldn’t help but laugh. His wife’s suggestion seemed preposterous — move their family of five, including a junior in high school, from Orlando, Fla., to Denver for a year to help start a new church. “You’re insane,” Rob told Amy with a laugh. Amy’s response? So were the disciples. “If the disciples had […]

Retired teacher plants church, baptizes 60 in 2 years

Mike Alexander never attended seminary. He had never pastored a church. He says he didn’t even know what a church planter did. That is, until he became one. Now, about two years after arriving in Aurora, Colo., and about 23 months after he began learning what church planters actually do, the church Alexander started has […]

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 […]

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 […]

Pastor Appreciation Month sparks opportunity

With two jobs, a pastorate and a full slate of courses at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, pastor Toby Brogden was feeling overwhelmed and exhausted when he showed up for a class last month. “Look, I am stretched, just as tight as a rubber band,” Brogden, who pastors Grace Church in New Orleans, told classmates. […]

Replanted church grows from 13 to 1,300

If Eric Suddith would have looked at Emmanuel Baptist Mission Church as only a business proposition in 2004 when he first encountered it, the Wharton-trained businessman-turned-pastor might have given it up for dead. Just over a decade old at the time, the church had dwindled to eight members. It had no plan to move forward […]