Weeks after the holidays have passed, backpacks filled with school supplies given by Southern Baptist churches continue to bless students living in the Appalachian region. Teams from Appalachian Regional Ministry (ARM) traveled all along the East Coast in December to deliver Christmas backpacks to more than 30,400 students just in time for the holiday season. After receiving their backpacks, these students, ranging from pre-school age to high school, had the opportunity to listen to a presentation of the gospel resulting in 129 salvation decisions.
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About two years after arriving in Aurora, Colo., and about 23 months after he discovered what church planters do, the church Mike Alexander started has baptized more than 60 people.
The Collegiate Collective website launched in August with the goal of becoming a one-stop shop for the best practices in collegiate ministry.
As 2015 rolls in, the North American Mission Board reflects upon a year that included an increasing emphasis on helping Southern Baptists develop evangelistic conversations, the kick off of its Send North America Experience Tour, and the launch of a new book designed to help believers see that “every life on mission matters.”
Whatever it takes is one of the North American Mission Board’s operating values. Staff are reminded that the board exists to serve Southern Baptists and Southern Baptist churches. Giving back to the community in service was a tangible demonstration of this value as staff participated Dec. 12 in the annual NAMB Day of Service.
Cuando las luces se apaguen en el histÛrico Hollywood Playhouse del sur de la Florida y el reflector apunte al pastor MartÌn Vargas, Èl tiene la intenciÛn de que el mensaje sea el centro del escenario: "Dios sabe; Èl cambia vidas; hay crecimiento en la verdad; y nosotros estamos llevando a cabo la Gran ComisiÛn."
The holiday season is one of my favorite times of year. I love the opportunities it brings to spend time with my family and friends, enjoying good fellowship and good food in the process.
Miss a Sunday School Christmas party, lose a church member. That’s a lesson 25-year ministry veteran Larry Yarborough refused to concede to when confronted by a typically well-adjusted church member who left the church after Yarborough missed a Sunday School Christmas party.
When massive storms dump snow accumulations taller than the average person, all of that snowmelt has to go somewhere. Officials in Buffalo, N.Y., anticipate potential floodwaters following the seven feet of snow that fell on some parts of the city through Nov. 21. Cities across the Northeast are facing similar flood scenarios and the prospect of even more snow. The polar blast, generated by a pacific storm that curved north into the Arctic pushing a cold front, brought freezing temperatures and snowfall to parts of all 48 contiguous states. The New York snow event has also been responsible for 12 weather-related fatalities.
Whether it’s a tornado in Oklahoma, a wildfire in Washington or a hurricane in New York, disaster survivors need more than assistance with rebuilding their homes when tragedy strikes. They need help rebuilding their lives. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) is committed to providing help, healing and hope to disaster survivors across North America.
When the house lights dim in the newly-renovated historic Hollywood, Fla., theater and the spotlight trains on pastor Martin Vargas, a message—not a person—will take center stage. The message: “God knows; He changes lives; there is growth in the truth; and we are fulfilling the Great Commission.”
Matt Rogers knows from experience how important preparation and mentoring are for a young church-planter-to-be.
When Arsenia Ivanov came to the end of her freshman year at Washington State University (WSU) she had a choice. The first generation Russian-American had little background in Christianity before attending Resonate Church on WSU’s Pullman, Wash., campus. As summer approached she could either go home—away from her newly discovered spiritual support system—or join her Resonate friends for a high-commitment summer missional adventure in San Diego called Elevate.
Michael Johnson learned a million little things in the U.S. Army. He learned to make his bed Army-style. He learned to march in the Army band. He learned to shoot an M-16 rifle and throw a grenade.
Jason Storter had no interest in church when his wife, Mariah, asked him to join her at a new Anchorage church plant, called True North Church.
The odds appeared steep in 2010 when Jeff Phillips and his family moved to Vancouver, B.C., to start a church. A youth minister for a decade and a half, he’d never been a lead pastor or a church planter. Both native Texans, Jeff and his wife, Sara, were taking their family to one of the most post-Christian, multi-ethnic cities in North America.
College students across the United States were joined by believers of all ages as they participated in Engage24 on Oct. 14, a one-on-one evangelism movement that challenged Christians to share the gospel with at least one person in a 24-hour time period.
Ron Johnson had heard a lot about John Worcester before he finally met him. Now the fast-moving, fast-talking pastor of a Denver church called Restoration, Johnson heard Worcester was leaving Huntington Beach, Calif., to plant a church in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In a meeting room at Boston’s Fenway Park, Southern Baptist church planter and Boston Red Sox chaplain Bland Mason explains how much members of his plant, City On A Hill church, long for community.