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New York leaders face restrictions at every level

NEW YORK (BP) – New York Southern Baptist leaders don’t expect the COVID-19-induced limitations to change much before next spring, if then.

STATE MEETINGS: West Virginia to be self-sustaining; New York stalwart amid challenges

West Virginia aims 'to become completely self-sustaining'; New York remains stalwart despite COVID.

Las Vegas church uses CP to help bear fruit for Christ

LAS VEGAS – In the nearly 14 years since retired Air Force Master Sgt. Greg Fields became pastor, Nellis Baptist Church has continued and added several ministries to ever more effectively reach its community.

STATE MEETINGS: Alaska, Montana, Dakotas

Alaska celebrates 75th annual meeting; Montana gathers for business and fellowship; Dakota moves toward self-sufficiency

Mayhill Baptist adapts to its rural context

MAYHILL, N.M. – The distances involved in pastoring rural churches require a different paradigm from pastoring city churches, said Matt Henslee, pastor of Mayhill Baptist Church in the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico.

Union Grove Church se adapta a los tiempos

YADKINVILLE, N.C. (BP) -- "No hay futuro en el pasado," dice Kenny Gooden, pastor durante los últimos 30 años de Union Grove Baptist Church. "Tenemos que mirar hacia el futuro."

Union Grove adapts to the times

YADKINVILLE, N.C. (BP) – “There’s no future in the past,” says Kenny Gooden, pastor for the last 30 years of Union Grove Baptist Church. “We have to look forward.”

‘100 percent world-aware’: goal of Korean church

CARROLLTON, Texas (BP) -- The world is the common denominator -- and the focus of prayer -- for an array of ministries of Semihan Church in Carrollton, Texas, site of the 2018 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist fellowship known informally as the "Korean Council." Even Semihan's name reflects the link: "Se" is part of a Korean word for world; "mi" is part of a word for the United States, and "Han" is found in a word for Korea. Semihan's ministries include special needs, refugee, American Indian, Bangladeshi and Korean people groups. New this fall is an outreach to English-speaking Americans who are friends, neighbors and coworkers of the 1,600 adult Koreans who worship each week at the church.

East Asia, world in reach of small-town church

PONCHATOULA, La. (BP) -- First Baptist Church of Ponchatoula, La., pastor David Cranford considers South Korea "at the crossroads of Lostness Boulevard and Receptivity Avenue," and leads his church in this small town to "do missions work where those streets intersect." The church pursues the goal at home and in the East Asian nation, hosting each summer about 50 Korean youth and leaders in the cultural immersion program Camp USA, and spreading the Gospel through an evangelistic mission trip to South Korea each autumn.

Baptisms, outreach drive CP-giving church

EULESS, Texas (BP) -- The 235 baptisms last year at First Baptist Church of Euless, Texas, totaled nearly 10 percent of the church's 2,534 average Sunday morning worship attendance. But pastor John Meador would like the number of baptisms to be much larger. That's one reason First Euless developed the "Can We Talk?" six-week training program in sharing the Gospel that has already equipped 472 members to share their faith.