Pastor appreciation opportunities available

Imagine if pastors received the same support and accolades reserved for college football coaches. While many churches encourage their pastors well — and some do an exemplary job — many pastors feel closer to last year’s fired head coach then the man with the post-game TV show. Enter pastor appreciation month in October. Pastors need […]

Stress & ministry focus of new study

Though pastors are stressed about money and overwhelming ministry demands, only one percent abandon the pulpit each year, LifeWay Research finds. LifeWay Research surveyed 1,500 pastors of evangelical and historically black churches and found an estimated 13 percent of senior pastors in 2005 had left the pastorate 10 years later for reasons other than death […]

Viewpoint: What Now for the IMB & the SBC?

I feel I should address the financial situation of the International Mission Board, released last week to the Southern Baptist Convention. I know there are many questions and concerns that Southern Baptists have about these matters. When I first became aware, I had several questions myself. A reminder I want to remind all of us of two things. First, […]

A Call to Men to Confront Domestic Violence

You’re the pastor, and you suspect that one of your deacons — a respected family man and a person of some influence in your church — is abusing his wife. You’ve seen some warning signs, but you can’t be sure. You don’t want to believe it could be possible — not in your church. In […]

Domestic violence: Why pastors can’t ignore it

When Mark Bagwell started Golden Corner Church in Walhalla 22 years ago, he was shocked by the prevalence of domestic violence among the people he sought to reach. “A huge number of the people I was counseling — within just a short time of even the first meeting, I would start discovering that they had […]

IMB to reduce staff by up to 800 in order to balance budget

EDITOR’S NOTE: For additional information related to this story, see FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) released by the International Mission Board, which is included in full after this story. International Mission Board leaders have outlined a plan to address IMB’s revenue shortfalls and complete a reset of the organization in order to move forward into the […]

What happens to children who die in infancy?

In response to the release of a series of videos showing Planned Parenthood employees reportedly discussing the sale of baby parts obtained through abortion, evangelicals have expressed a range of views on the eternal destiny of children who die in infancy. Among Southern Baptists, most agree Scripture suggests aborted babies — along with others dying […]

Children give to help those in need

Through giving their pennies, nickels and dimes and more, kids at Circle Drive Baptist Church are seeking to help others through Baptist Global Response. “Children can make a difference right now by giving and by praying,” Circle Drive children’s ministry director Kathy Routt in Colorado Springs, Colo., said. “But, they’re also future givers and … […]

Baptist leaders respond to Ashley Madison news

With the potential affairs of millions exposed by a hack of the adultery-facilitating Ashley Madison website, Southern Baptist leaders have offered counsel to affected families, churches and individuals. “We are already hearing stories of families torn apart, of children terrified about what is happening to their dad, and of the tragedy of suicide,” LifeWay Christian […]

Attorney to present ‘God’s Courtroom’ at White Oak Conference Center

“You will one day stand trial in God’s courtroom. Are you prepared?” Attorney Bruce Kugler will be speaking on that topic at the Southeast Arabic Christian Conference at White Oak Conference Center near Winnsboro, S.C., Sept. 4-7. The conference is expected to draw people from South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia and Florida. As […]