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FIRST-PERSON: Addressing the four major gaps in student ministry

There are usually two types of people when it comes to setting the alarm to wake up in the morning. Person number one (this is me) – sets the alarm for the last possible minute to when you actually need to wake up to not be late. Person number two – sets the alarm for about an hour before they actually need to wake up, because they want to be able to hit the snooze button over and over and over again.

Mohler, Wills discuss creeds, what it means to be ‘closely identified’

NASHVILLE (BP) – What does it mean for a Southern Baptist church to closely identify with the Baptist Faith and Message? When should the Baptist Faith and Message be updated? What is the difference between a creed, a confession and statement of faith?

Planning and armed congregants top church security measures

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Most churches have some type of security measures in place during worship services. Pastors point to intentional plans and armed church members more than other measures, but compared to three years ago, fewer say they have plans and more say they have gun-carrying congregants.

58 baptisms at Tennessee jail result from ministry of neighboring churches

GALLATIN, Tenn. (BP) – When more than 50 people were baptized at the Sumner County Jail in early May, it was the culmination of many years of ministry from two neighboring churches.

Texas church plant starts services in English, Spanish to bridge generation gap

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (BP) – As the Hispanic population in the U.S. grows, new challenges are emerging. For example, more children and teenagers from Hispanic households are improving their English language skills but not developing or even losing their native Spanish language skills.

90,000 U.S. testimonies of answered prayer sought for England monument

BIRMINGHAM, England (BP) – Richard Gamble admits he “was not massively into prayer” nearly 20 years ago when he received inspiration to build a public monument to a million answered prayers.

Texas pastor urges congregation to prioritize its commitment to local church

One of the most challenging obstacles pastors face is the same in congregations large and small: getting people to prioritize local church commitment over the activities constantly competing to fill up their weekly schedules.

Valedictorian speech based on the Gospel goes viral

HUMBLE, Texas (BP) — Before Friday, May 26, the largest group Campbell Lino had spoken to about Jesus was the 75 or so at her church during a prayer meeting.

Life experiences help trucker in Nebraska replant effort

LOUP CITY, Neb. (BP) – They are two skills anyone can learn but many don’t – listening and trusting. Ryan Durham’s life has given him experience in both, and he uses them as pastor of Calvary Church, a replanted congregation barely seven months old.

Evangelist Michael Gott completes fifth tour of Ukraine during war

KYIV, Ukraine (BP) – One morning after air raid sirens alerted Kyiv of imminent attack, hundreds attended Central Baptist Church for Sunday worship. Southern Baptist evangelist Michael Gott was preaching.