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Summit offers 12,000 hours of training for church leaders

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) – Church leaders from the central states engaged 12,000 hours of training, teaching and worship at the three-day Midwest Leadership Summit meeting in Springfield January 23-25. In multiple plenary sessions led by national SBC speakers and church-planting practitioners, and in 80 breakout sessions, almost 1,000 leaders shared and received equipping for ministry in their unique Midwest settings.

Former missionaries remain close to Ukrainian believers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) -- Shannon Ford chokes up easily and often as he talks about Ukraine. Ford, his wife, Katie, and their sons Cameron and Carson lived in Kyiv for 18 years, while he was catalyzing church plants through the International Mission Board. “Ukraine in many ways is home,” he said. “Our boys grew up there ... You see a picture in the news of a place under attack, and you think ‘I know that place, I’ve been there,’” he said.

FIRST-PERSON: What would Jesus do about harassment?

Eric Reed writes that Jesus' life reflects key principles relating to the issue of sexual harassment: Jesus was respectful of women and honest with them. He stood up for women and did not exclude them in the face of controversy.

Midwest Baptists embrace diversity in ministry

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) — Ron Swain rode six hours to Indianapolis in a van full of people with whom he had little in common except Detroit, Jesus and being a Southern Baptist in the Midwest. Swain, a deacon and recently elected moderator of the Greater Detroit Baptist Association, was among 700-plus leaders from six state Baptist […]