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Doubts, deconstruction offer Southern Baptists opportunities to respond by listening, loving

HOUSTON (BP) – It’s not easy for a young preacher to stand before his congregation week after week while questioning fundamental truths of the Christian faith. Twenty years ago, that’s the position Steve Bezner found himself in.

Youth leaders point to the Gospel, Christian counseling to help with America’s youth mental health crisis

ROCKWELL, Texas (BP) – Lauren Coats has seen firsthand the impact of a growing mental health crisis among young people. The number of calls from parents of teens and children looking for help to her three metro Dallas counseling centers has nearly doubled in less than two years.

State Baptist conventions take historic actions regarding sexual abuse at annual meetings

As many Southern Baptist state conventions celebrated regathering for the first time in two years this fall, several took unprecedented actions toward ensuring their conventions are effectively handling sexual abuse allegations.

Send Network churches make up one quarter of Outreach Magazine’s reproducing churches list

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.

From Lebanese orphanage to lifetime of ministry, he’s thankful for God’s guiding hand

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.

Even during pandemic, Southern Baptist churches have much to be grateful for

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.

Churches follow safety protocols for Thanksgiving outreach

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.

Southern Baptists partner with USDA to provide food to families in need

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.

NAMB journeymen learn life-long missionary skills

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.

Some camps going digital to reach students this summer

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.