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New Englanders exhorted to foster ‘birthplace’ for pastors, churches

HARTFORD, Conn. (BP)–“New England ought to be known as a birthplace for pastors and churches” rather than as “a burial ground” for new ministry endeavors, challenged Randy Fearon. With those words, the Baptist Convention of New England’s president set the tone for the 17th annual BCNE meeting, Nov. 11-12 at New Welcome Baptist Church, Hartford, […]

Northeastern Baptist school to cease operations next year

WHITE MARSH, Md. (BP)–The Northeastern Baptist School of Ministry board of directors has decided to cease its operations, effective June 30, 2000, disrupting a 20-year dream of Baptist leaders in the Northeast for a regional approach to theological education and ministry training. “The current realities and our experiences during the last two years suggest that […]

Rhode Island church uses FAITH to reach people, build a legacy

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (BP)–While Pat Galloway serves as pastor in an area with a rich Christian heritage, he understands a harsh reality. North County Baptist Church, Smithfield, R.I., is located near Providence where Baptists got their start in the United States. “Whatever was here has left,” said Galloway who has been at North County Church for […]

Alaskans make FAITH visits in sub-zero temperatures

NORTH POLE, Alaska (BP)–When nine adults and four youth from Moose Creek Baptist Church, North Pole, Alaska, journeyed south to Daytona Beach, Fla., a year ago, they gained more than a “southern exposure” in the dead of winter. They were part of an Alaska contingent that attended a FAITH Sunday School evangelism clinic at First […]

Graham points to the cross in ‘old-fashioned Southern Baptist’

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (BP)–Billy Graham brought a simple message of Christian faith and hope to the intellectuals at Harvard University Sept. 26-27. Graham spoke before capacity crowds at Memorial Church in the midst of Harvard yard and at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. While in the Boston area, he met privately with religious leaders […]

Cape Cod church aims for balance in ministries to residents, tourists

CHATHAM, Mass. (BP)–David Otis accepted his first full-time pastorate, at Chatham Baptist Church, located at the elbow of Cape Cod, in November 1987. Growing up in Hartford, Conn., his family visited the peninsula for summer vacations that usually lasted a week. From those family gatherings in Welfleet and Eastham, he gained “a great love” for […]

Intellectual climate, retirees, youth among Cape Cod church’s challen

SOUTH DENNIS, Mass. (BP)–Many of the 55,000 year-round Cape Cod residents who live near Hope Baptist Church, South Dennis, have moved to the land of endless beaches and fresh seafood to escape the pressures of urban life and discover the carefree joys of living in one of America’s most popular tourist destinations. Mike Beckner, who […]

Examine call from God’s view, Henry Blackaby urges pastors

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)–Approximately 450 pastors and spouses were challenged to reexamine their commitment to Christ-centered ministry and develop character that comes from an intimate relationship with God during a May 17-19 conference, “Revisiting Your Call,” at Ridgecrest (N.C.) Conference Center. Featured speakers were Henry T. Blackaby and Henry Brandt, co-authors of “The Power of the […]

Keep fueling the fire of your call, retired Arkansas executive urges

RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP)–If the fire of a pastor’s call goes out, the problem is not with God, the retired executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention told 450 pastors and spouses attending a conference at Ridgecrest (N.C.) Conference Center. “If the fire is out, guess who’s responsible? God wants you to keep putting fuel […]

Elmer Sizemore, pioneer organizer for N. England Baptists, dies at 71

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. (BP)–In the decades immediately following World War II, Southern Baptists expanded the reach of their missions commitment well beyond the South. Beachheads were established when they planted Manhattan Baptist Church in 1954 in New York City and Screven Memorial Baptist Church four years later in southern New Hampshire. “The Northeast became a ‘laboratory’ […]