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FIRST-PERSON: Embarrassment about being a Christian

ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) – Southern Baptist churches, based on our baptism reports, are less and less effective at sharing the Gospel in such a way people receive it and become Christians. The reasons for this vary from church to church, but there are some common problems which span geography, culture and ministry style. A very personal problem limiting evangelistic effectiveness is embarrassment about being a Christian.

Baptists in Eastern Kentucky see salvations through ‘LoveLoud’ service event

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (BP) – The Pike Association of Southern Baptists in Eastern Kentucky, saw several professions of faith during “LoveLoud,” an annual initiative in which several of the association’s churches work together to complete projects around the community with a focus on servant evangelism.

FIRST-PERSON: Taking the Gospel everywhere

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- In our new Sunday morning normal, people are not in a hurry to rush back to church or eager to throw themselves into large gatherings these days. According to Barna Group research, there is a 32 percent decline in the number of church members attending in-person worship services, which is heartbreaking to say the least.

FIRST-PERSON: An evangelism ‘reset’

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) – “Have you restarted your device?” It is the first question from any IT help desk.

Chinese Baptist Church in Los Angeles sees over 100 professions of faith through online evangelism groups

Despite not meeting in person for over 15 months, First Chinese Baptist Church Los Angeles, CA., has seen over 100 professions of faith through a new group evangelism strategy.

Florida pastor uses BBQ sauce to reach souls

YULEE, Fla. (BP) – When stores in Northeast Florida receive a delivery of Yulee BBQ Sauce they’re getting more than a collection of sauces and rub with tangy flavor perfect for grilling.

FIRST-PERSON: The Good Samaritan

Thad didn’t have a choice. He commuted on foot to work each night, and his route took him through a dangerous section of town and down a darkened block with a broken streetlight. His whole body tensed for about three minutes as he passed that way, nerves jumpy, ears alert. But they were as quiet as cats the night they attacked him, and he never heard them coming. In the darkest spot on the street, a hand grabbed his shoulders and pulled him into the alley.

Southern Baptist evangelists focus on family with Huckabee, Penrod

NASHVILLE (BP) – As a musician since the age of 11, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee told Southern Baptist evangelists he knows the first thing he has to do when he picks up an instrument is to tune it so each note sounds like it should.

Southern Baptists join arms for Crossover outreach in Nashville

NASHVILLE (BP) – George Robinson, an evangelism professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., requested prayer through Twitter on June 8. He and a group of his students had led Nashville-resident Tianna to faith.

Many connections to a single point bring baptisms at Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan. (BP) – The baptism services closing out the semester for Christian Challenge at Kansas State University have become consistent, though anything but routine. Each story represents a life changed, but also many lives invested.