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Report: Giving to larger churches dropped last year, even as charitable donations rose

(RNS) – An annual report on giving to evangelical Christian nonprofits, including churches and other ministries, found that giving to the United States’ largest churches fell by more than 6.6 percent in 2021, despite a rise of 4 percent last year in charitable giving nationwide.

Oklahoma tribal missions leader promotes Native-American led evangelism

WASHINGTON (BP) – Southern Baptists should support a national evangelistic outreach to Native Americans led by tribal Christians with the support of non-Native Americans, an Oklahoma tribal ministries leader told Baptist Press.

Dallas house church network is model for those who may one day return to China

CEDAR HILL, Texas (BP) – Chinese believers who accept Christ while living in the U.S. might not be able to find an American-style church if they return to China. That’s part of the reason why Eugene Zhang is leading a house church movement in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as a model for what to expect if such a transition occurs.

‘It’s a God thing’ – Louisiana church witnesses 58 straight weeks of baptisms

LAKE CHARLES, La. (BP) – For more than a year, the baptismal waters at Trinity Baptist Church have stirred. Leaders say the same verb can be applied to the hearts of its church members.

FIRST-PERSON: The harmony and humanity in our cooperation

GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) – As a tuba player, Berlioz was one of my favorite composers. He composed dissonance in the deepest ranges of the orchestral score and extend that tension until resolution was as anxiously welcomed as it was intricately composed.

Gospel drives continuing outreach as Tops Market shooter pleads guilty

BUFFALO, N.Y. (BP) – Gospel outreach remains the goal of pastors in Buffalo after gunman Payton Gendron pleaded guilty Nov.28 to domestic terrorism and murder in the killing 10 Blacks at a supermarket.

FIRST-PERSON: 3 ways to help kids with disabilities feel more comfortable in worship

Lighting that’s too dark or too bright, lots of people coming in at the same time to find seats (many of them shaking hands or hugging), and music and voices from the stage can all be overwhelming to kids with sensory sensitivities and disabilities such as autism.

Tennessee churches partner to serve neighbors

LEBANON, Tenn. (BP) – Ten years ago, a dozen ministers and local church members in Lebanon decided to investigate what they had been told – that a small homeless community was growing in their county.

Drive-by shooting injures two at Nashville church funeral

NASHVILLE (BP) – New Season Church Senior Pastor Dwayne Lewis was inviting mourners to follow Jesus at the funeral of Terriana Johnson when the gun battle began Nov. 26.

Giving Tuesday offers opportunity to support Gospel work of SBC entities

NASHVILLE (BP) – Whether it’s hunger relief projects, the seminary education of a future pastor or an ultrasound donated through the Ethics & Religious Liberty’s Psalm 139 Project, Southern Baptists have the opportunity to support the Great Commission work of Southern Baptist entities this Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29).