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FIRST-PERSON: We have never been this way before

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Lord always prepares His people for the future He has for them. God sees the end from the beginning. Our God never panics and is always present with us in every moment.

Send Relief Day of Service: 7 ways to meet local needs

“Simple touch points of appreciation go a long way,” said Greg Wilton, Send Relief’s national director of refugee ministry. “A Day of Service is the easiest onramp for churches to get connected with their communities and give people an opportunity to discover ways to be involved with ministry in their own neighborhoods.”

Churches face damage, intense needs after Hurricane Sally

PENSACOLA, Fla. (BP) – Water damage from Hurricane Sally will keep the building of First Baptist Church Pensacola closed for a while, Pastor Dave Snyder said.

FIRST-PERSON: No spiritual participation trophies

CHATSWORTH, Ga. (BP) – At the end of the season in youth league sports, everybody gets a trophy. From the first-place team to the last-place team, the coach hands every kid a shiny piece of plastic that says, "thanks for playing."

Bible Study: Heeding God’s correction and guidance

Would you rather remain on wrong paths in life, or would you rather accept God's correction, change course and go the right way?

FIRST-PERSON: Pietà

EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) – “Pietàs” – sculptures of Mary grieving over her crucified Son – were so called because of the meaning of pietà in Italian: “compassion.” Other English words for pietà are “mercy, pity, and piety,” all of which are conveyed when one gazes upon Michelangelo’s Pietà.

Churches report encouraging trends in giving amid pandemic

(AP/RNS) – Giving to congregations has shifted upward after churches closed their buildings earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a survey shows.

NAMB launches Next Step Leader for pastors

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – Pastoring a church has never been an easy job – preparing sermons, counseling church members through difficult circumstances, managing the day-to-day business of the church. Yet, 2020 brought a whole new set of challenges as pastors had to navigate through a global pandemic, racial tension and a widening divide in the culture.

Missionaries work toward long-term partnership with Portuguese leaders

PORTUGAL (BP) – In 2017, IMB workers Mark and Hannah Bustrum attended a retreat with missionaries from the region and invited national partners to participate. For more than a decade they had worked to strengthen relationships with Portuguese believers, but inviting them to this retreat was about more than building or maintaining those relationships.  

NAMB, church leadership coach Will Mancini partner to help pastors

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – The North American Mission Board (NAMB) and church leadership coach Will Mancini have formed a new ministry partnership to help pastors.