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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.

Church praises God for His provision

BAYFIELD, Colo. (BP) -- When Randy Ash began in 2006 to pastor First Baptist Church, the congregation was still meeting in the same log building where Ash first professed faith in 1979.

Cooperating for the Gospel Frontier Native American Church Increases CP Giving

    A tiny band of Native Americans is supporting the work of nearly ten thousand Southern Baptist missionaries around the world. That's the way members of Dakota Baptist Church on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in North Dakota feel about their contributions through the Cooperative Program. Thirty or so Dakota Sioux participate in Sunday […]

Churches Increase CP Giving Despite Economic Downturn

        Burger King's recent closing in Varnville, South Carolina, was the clearest sign yet that the local economy is less than vibrant. But despite the loss of the franchise fast-food restaurant and other dismal economic indicators following the repeated downsizing of Westinghouse, the town's major employer, First Baptist Church continued over the […]

Cooperating for the Gospel Discipleship Fuels Church’s Metro and Global Reach

    Discipleship is the priority at First Baptist Church in Columbia, Illinois, and discipleship fuels the church's passion for cooperative world missions and giving through the Southern Baptist Convention's Cooperative Program. Our passion is to make disciples for Jesus Christ," said Jonathan Peters, the church's pastor since 1998. "Our need is to fulfill the […]

Cooperating for the Gospel Richland Baptist Church Planting, Reaping a Harvest

When a woman returned for a second week to Sunday morning worship at Richland Baptist Church, a greeter asked her what brought her back.