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Trust is key to sharing the Gospel, Wyoming church planter says

COWLEY, Wyo. (BP) – To the outside observer, Johannes Slabbert has the perfect analogy for sharing the Gospel with the ranchers and cowboys near this Wyoming town eight miles from the Montana border. But his knowledge of and appreciation for the local ministry context tell him otherwise. 

Lawsuit opposes Platt, McLean elder election

VIENNA, Va. (BP) – Controversy over the election of three elders reached a boiling point during a contentious business meeting last Sunday (July 18) at McLean Bible Church, where former International Mission Board President David Platt is pastor. 

Los ministerios bautistas del sur en la frontera continúan y se preparan para una posible afluencia de migrantes

El PASO, Texas (BP) – El 7 de julio, la Asociación Bautista de El Paso (EPBA) inauguró oficialmente su centro para migrantes en Scottsdale Baptist Church, el último paso en la historia del ministerio migrante en esta ciudad fronteriza. Pero es lo que se vislumbra en el horizonte lo que preocupa al director ejecutivo de […]

Texas pastor generates online poll for input on race discussion in the SBC

FARMERSVILLE, Texas (BP) – First Baptist Church pastor Bart Barber will be the first to say he’s not a professional pollster, but three things came together July 14 for him to become a beginner at it.

Southern Baptist border ministries continue, prepare for possible migrant influx

El PASO, Texas (BP) – On July 7 the El Paso Baptist Association officially launched its migrant center at Scottsdale Baptist Church, the latest step in a history of migrant ministry in this border city. But it’s what looms on the horizon that concerns EPBA executive director Larry Floyd.

With a sense of expectation, students return to camp this summer

NASHVILLE (BP) – Like other student ministers, Dylan Bone jumped on Zoom last year when the COVID-19 pandemic all but shut down in-person events. And although teenagers at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, where he serves, eagerly joined the online format, he found that the initial zeal just as quickly dissipated.

SBC’s motion on Deaf resources highlights ‘tremendous need’

NASHVILLE (BP) – John Blackmon’s father-in-law couldn’t hear the message, but its boldness and life-changing capability rang through loud and clear two weeks before he died.

Taking the Gospel outside, Colorado church extends outdoor services

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. (BP) – For the last 17 years or so, The Church at Agape Outpost has held every summer Sunday service outside. It’s easy to see why, as its outdoor amphitheater on the bank of the Blue River joins views of Swan Mountain to the crisp Colorado morning air. The Creator’s work becomes just as apparent as the Gospel preached by Pastor Mike Atkinson.

During cancer battle, student pastor urges others to ‘press on’

EASTMAN, Ga. (BP) – The metrics for determining a ministry’s effectiveness are subjective. Being about numbers is often scrutinized but still looked at closely. Don’t trust anyone, however, who says the measuring stops there. A ministry’s impact runs broader and deeper, often beyond the sight of even the ministry leader.

Promise Keepers volverá a los eventos a gran escala el próximo mes en Dallas

NASHVILLE (BP) – En 2020, después de más de 20 años, Promise Keepers (Cumplidores de Promesas) se prepararon para regresar a lo grande con un acto presencial en un evento en el Estadio AT&T en Dallas. Una alineación de oradores encabezada por Tony Evans indicó que el grupo se dirigía de nuevo a la plataforma que disfrutó en los 1990s, cuando los estadios llenos culminaron en el evento de 1997 Stand in the Gap (Párate en la brecha). Allí, la organización reportó la asistencia de más de un millón de hombres en el National Mall en Washington, D.C.