LAS VEGAS (BP) – When Heiden Ratner started WALK Church in Las Vegas, he had an ideal model for reproduction in his sending church. Las Vegas’ Hope Church has started more than 60 churches since its 2001 founding.
TOPEKA, Kansas (BP) – When Georges Boujakly arrived in Canada on New Year’s Eve 1969, his homeland of Lebanon was at war, the 19-year-old knew little English, and he had $30 to his name.
ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (BP) – Dusty Marshall has only served as pastor of New Life Baptist Fellowship for about 11 months. But it has been a wild 11 months.
HENSLEY, Ark. (BP) – Over the next week, many Southern Baptist churches nationwide will participate in one of the most timeless of church traditions – sharing a Thanksgiving meal. But with the country in the grip of a once-in-a-century pandemic, many of these churches are changing their plans to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
WEST CHESTER, Ohio – Lakota Hills Baptist Church in West Chester, Ohio, has ministered in its community ever since COVID-19 arrived in the spring. They’ve met needs and shared the Gospel with their neighbors.
SAN DIEGO (BP) -- One number will break the heart of anyone who cares about one of the most vulnerable populations in San Diego. According to North American Mission Board (NAMB) missionary Austin Blanton, 80 percent of the city's foster families decide to return children within the first four months. Many will never take part in foster care again. Blanton notes several reasons, from loneliness to the increased stress. Blanton and other local Southern Baptists, though, want to be a part of the solution.
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- With many Baptist campgrounds throughout the United States announcing they won't host summer camps or will do so only on a limited basis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, churches are looking for other high-impact options to reach and disciple students. Shane Pruitt, the North American Mission Board's executive director of next gen evangelism, says the complete loss of summer camps will hurt local church efforts to reach youth with the Gospel.
AUGUSTA, Ga. (BP) -- When 327 delegates met at First Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., on May 8, 1845, they did more than start a new convention of Baptist churches in the South. They began a missionary movement that would in time start new Gospel-proclaiming churches throughout North America and the world. On Friday, Southern Baptists celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of what became the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board -- and the corresponding Gospel movement they launched.
As the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic has spread, one Southern Baptist evangelist says it’s opening up tremendous opportunities to share the Gospel online.
LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP) -- Lee and Cynthia Hensler had mostly left behind their religious background when they moved from New York to Southern California in the 1970s. They occasionally visited churches for Christmas and Easter. When friends invited them to join them for a service, they usually declined so they wouldn't hurt feelings when they didn't return the next week. But that changed when Lee and Cynthia had their first child, a daughter, in 1979.