Women’s roles in SBC focus of advisory council

A diverse group of 18 women is studying the perspectives and strategies women in Southern Baptist churches bring to the God-given task of fulfilling the Great Commission. They comprise the Women’s Ministry Advisory Council appointed by Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. The council joins a list of advisory councils […]

Pastor of Set Free Daytona reaches biker community

At first glance Jim “Cochise” Powell looks like one of the hundreds of bikers from the Daytona Beach, Fla., area. His white mustache and beard, long hair pulled back into a ponytail, tattooed arms and boots certainly seem to identify him as a biker. But those who know him personally know him as Pastor Cochise […]

Sale of Fla.’s Baptist Building announced

A sacrificial investment made by Florida Baptists decades ago could make a far-reaching global missions impact this year as the State Board of Missions approved a multi-million dollar contract to sell the Baptist Building property in Jacksonville. Fifty-one percent of the proceeds of the Baptist Building property sale will be directed to the Southern Baptist […]

State leaders discuss church revitalization

Church growth is a “supernatural event, and therefore church revitalization is more of a spiritual issue than a mechanical one,” said Ken Hemphill, director for North Greenville University’s Center for Church Planting and Revitalization, during a meeting of leaders from 14 Baptist state conventions. Hemphill was a guest speaker at the March 21-22 meeting in […]

Replant brings children back to dying church

Nancy Elliott found herself crying alone in the nursery. She had attended Calvary Church in Englewood, Colo., since she was 14. Now, for the first time, they had no children at church on a Sunday morning. “Not one child,” Elliot said. “I went into the nursery and started crying and praying to God to bring […]

Proposed S.C. refugee registry draws criticism

Evangelical advocates for religious liberty and refugee resettlement are dismayed by proposed legislation in South Carolina that could penalize churches that aid exiles from other countries. The South Carolina Senate passed legislation March 23 to require a sponsoring organization to register a refugee with the state’s Department of Social Services within 30 days after he […]

Upstate doctor, pharmacist launch medical missions resource

Medical missions typically brings to mind images of impoverished third-world citizens receiving medical treatment and live-saving drugs. An Upstate doctor and a pharmacist, through a nonprofit organization called Omer Medical Logistics, have decided to take medical missions to the next level by bringing patient safety more clearly into the picture. Francis Nuthalapathy, a maternal-fetal medicine […]

David Crosby to be SBC president nominee

Louisiana pastor David Crosby will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention, former SBC president Fred Luter announced March 24. “I have watched David the last 10 years here in New Orleans as he has taken the leadership of all the churches and pastors of our city in helping to rebuild New Orleans, […]

Church leverages Boomers for kingdom impact

America’s Baby Boomers are aging. In 2014, the last of the Boomers — those born between 1946 and 1964 — crossed the threshold into their 50s; and whether they liked it or not, they received their first invitation to join AARP and entered the ranks of “senior adults.” Aging Boomers present new challenges for churches, […]

Bellevue security subdues ‘heavily armed’ man

A “heavily armed” man was subdued and arrested at the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church Easter Sunday, the congregation’s director of security services told Baptist Press. Texas-based church security expert Jimmy Meeks told BP the incident serves as an example of “heads-up” response to a potential threat. The man — 31-year-old Marcus Donald — who was […]