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Church planting in hard places requires resiliency, focus on fundamentals

LITTLETON, Colo. (BP) — During his years involved in church planting and revitalization, Mike Proud notices a pattern that can apply to all congregations.

Listen to His voice: Dog training gives parallels to discipleship, ministry

FRESNO, Calif. (BP) — In his ministry, Greg Kilgore has learned a lot from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The same goes for inspiration from Arwen, Ace, Rey and Ahsoka.

50 years after Vietnam War’s end, churches can help honor, heal, veteran says

CLINTON, Miss. (BP) – It was the most controversial point of the most controversial time in post-Civil War America. And as the country marks 50 years since the Vietnam War’s conclusion, churches can be a part of honoring those who served.

North Greenville pep band wears Furman purple as Big Dance stand-in

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) — The prospect of a student at a Division II school being an active participant at March Madness is a long shot – about as long as from Tigerville, S.C., to Limerick, Ireland.

Saddleback ‘prayerfully considering’ next steps, says pastor

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP) — Saddleback Church is considering whether to appeal a vote of being found not in friendly cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention, but regardless plans to “continue our 43-year partnership with our local association and state convention,” Lead Pastor Andy Wood told Baptist Press.

Pastors’ mental well-being flourishes in the woods, on the water

NASHVILLE (BP) — Terry Fant talked about getting tired, not from the Gospel itself, but undeniably what is required in being a pastor.

Beginning at the local church, California Baptists minister amid heavy snowfall, rain

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (BP) — California Baptists are collecting supplies and delivering sandbags while grappling with both a historic snowfall and incoming heavy rains.

Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention names interim executive-director

HONOLULU (BP) — The executive board of the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention (HPBC) announced March 8 that John Endriss will serve as interim executive director during the continued search for a long-term candidate.

In handling business, staff meetings as varied as churches

NASHVILLE (BP) — It happens on Mondays and Wednesdays, Thursday afternoons and Sunday nights. It can take place in a building or standing in a field near a freshly-dug hole.

Put them in, Coach: Georgia church readies for another season

MARIETTA, Ga. (BP) – Parents want their kids involved in sports, whether that’s locally or in travel ball. In addition to physical activity, they see it as a way to improve mental and emotional health.