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Power of Easter sweeps through Tennessee jail

TRENTON, Tenn. (BP) – Going to church on Easter Sunday wasn’t an option for the inmates at the Gibson County jail.

Restructured Youth Evangelism Conference designed to reach every church in Tennessee

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) – For more than two years, Tennessee Baptist Mission Board youth specialist Jay Barbier has been thinking about the possibility of restructuring the state's annual Youth Evangelism Conference.

Memphis church’s inner-city outreach leads to baptisms

MEMPHIS (BP) – Barron Martin, lead pastor of One Faith Christian Center, said he is blown away at the way his small church plant has been able to impact its community and spread the Gospel.

FIRST-PERSON: Homeschooling rings our bell

NASHVILLE (BP) – It was a tough decision.  For several weeks, my wife and I talked about it at great length. We prayed about it, sweated over it and, occasionally, I will admit, flip-flopped on it. 

What do online viewership numbers really mean?

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- Brentwood Baptist Church digital strategy director Darrel Girardier admits that he has a love-hate relationship with analytics, especially in relation to online worship and other events that are streamed on social media platforms.

Clinic opens avenues for Gospel sharing

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (BP) -- The remote medical clinic hosted by Robertson County (Tenn.) Baptist Association did more than meet physical needs. It provided an opportunity for spiritual healing too. The one-day clinic, held at a Springfield, Tenn., community center, offered a variety of medical services -- ranging from eye exams to dental needs -- at no cost and also included a counseling area where participants could ask spiritual questions and/or get connected with local churches.

Go Tell Crusade sees ‘powerful’ movement

WHITE PINE, Tenn. (BP) -- During his years of ministry, pastor Dean Haun has experienced both ends of the "success spectrum" in regard to certain events and projects. He has seen some that fall flat and some that surpass all expectations. So, when he was asked to serve as chairman of the Lakeway Area Go Tell Crusade, held April 28-May 1, Haun prepared himself and his team for what might lie ahead. The four-day evangelism crusade -- led by evangelist Rick Gage and held at the Walters State Community College Great Smoky Mountains Expo Center in White Pine, Tenn. -- ended up reporting more than 850 decisions, including 341 professions of faith.

Memphis pastor leading ‘church without walls’

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP) -- It would have been easy for Barron Martin to take the safe route. He could have moved from the Memphis area, found a comfortable job, and simply "tuned out" the violence and poverty that plagues the neighborhood where he was raised. Instead, he chose the opposite approach. He elected to be on the frontline. Responding to God's call, Martin has become a highly-visible figure in the West Frayser area, bringing the hope and love of Christ to his community. He is the founder and pastor of One Faith Christian Center Church, which is dedicated to reaching youth and children for Jesus amid the tough circumstances.

Tenn. Baptist on cereal boxes for tutoring efforts

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Somewhere between exercising, working tirelessly in his yard, rebuilding classic cars, cutting hair and serving multiple roles as a lay leader at his church, 82-year-old Neal Buchanan still finds time to volunteer as a reading tutor at the elementary school near his home. Buchanan, a member of Lincoya Hills Baptist Church in Nashville's Donelson community, has been passionate about childhood literacy for his entire adult life. He was recently honored for his devotion to the cause by being featured on two brands of Kellogg's cereal boxes -- Fruit Loops and Frosted Flakes.

Youth team in Guatemala treks to towns & villages

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- The concept of "giving the shirt off your back" took on an almost literal sense for 37 students and leaders who traveled to Guatemala for a weeklong mission trip in June. "Many of the kids left for the trip with a suitcase packed full of clothes and came home with a virtually empty suitcase," said Bruce Edwards, youth ministry specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. "We asked them to bring clothes that they would be willing to donate to the underprivileged in Guatemala, and I think the experience of doing that was very meaningful for many of the kids." The mission team, sponsored by the mission board and its Youth Evangelism Conference outreach, encompassed youth from five churches along with several TBMB personnel, including Edwards and disaster relief specialist Wes Jones and his wife Pam, former missionaries to Guatemala.