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20 churches join to renew missions vision & vigor

      ONEONTA, Ala. (BP)--A revival-like focus on missions by 20 churches in north-central Alabama encompassed 100 missions activities during the first weekend in March.

IMB leaders urge Southern Baptists to ‘stay focused on the mission’

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--Southern Baptists sent 1,155 new missionaries overseas during 2001, a "phenomenal 28 percent increase" over the previous high -- 902 new workers -- two years ago, Jerry Rankin told International Mission Board trustees during a Jan. 21-23 meeting in Birmingham, Ala.

Church spreads ‘Joy to the World’ & looks to year-round ministry

      BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--A crisp Sunday afternoon with unseasonably warm temperatures was the backdrop for a Christmas gift Dawson Memorial Baptist Church presented to the greater Birmingham, Ala., area.
      Some 660 Dawson members shared the gospel Dec. 2 in three communities through "Joy to the World" evangelistic parties with free food, music, face painting, children's games and a host of other activities.

Ala. Baptists stress unity, affirm cooperation with SBC

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (BP)--The president of the Alabama Baptist State Convention challenged messengers to have "one mission, the Great Commission; one purpose, global evangelism, discipleship and missions; and one program, the Cooperative Program."

Voters in Birmingham outlaw prostitution, close loophole

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)–Voters in Jefferson County, Ala., overwhelmingly approved an amendment Nov. 7 outlawing prostitution in unincorporated areas of the county — home to the state’s largest city. More than 80 percent of those voting approved the measure, which corrects a loophole in state law concerning prostitution. Most cities have ordinances prohibiting prostitution, but outlying […]

Pre-retirement years can be fulfilling, pastor tells peers in their 40s & 50s

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)–Gary Fenton is a man who loves to tell stories, regularly weaving life experiences and the latest news into his sermons. The Birmingham, Ala., pastor’s book, “Your Ministry’s Next Chapter,” proves his writing is no different. Focusing on ministers who often burn out after losing their vision, Fenton’s book is part of Bethany […]