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WEEK OF PRAYER: Partnership enters new era

Prison ministry. Sports ministry. Developing national missionaries. The dreams discussed around the table were big. International Mission Board missionaries Matt and Gretchen Clay saw the passion rising as the group of pastors and lay ministers figured out ways to introduce their North African neighbors to the Gospel. But the Clays didn’t have the resources to invest at the deep level needed by their brothers and sisters in Christ.

Pastors planning several Christmas events churchgoers say they enjoy

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. — Churches are offering Christmas events and activities beyond weekly worship services this Christmas season, which will make many churchgoers happy.

ERLC urges revision of proposed regulation facilitating abortions, gender transitions for unaccompanied minors

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has released a letter urging the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to reconsider and revise a recently proposed regulation which the ERLC believes will aid in facilitating abortions and gender transitions for unaccompanied minors.

How to preach on prayer (part 2)

According to the late Stephen Olford, “Only one thing will ever take the place of great preaching – and that’s greater preaching!” The concept of what constitutes “greatness” is a reflection of priorities. In this regard, the earliest preachers saw the greatness of preaching as an outgrowth of their commitment to prayer (Acts 6:4). Eventually, in the process of preaching, the two apostolic ministries uniquely conjoin when we preach on prayer. 

WEEK OF PRAYER: Project 3000 researches, pursues people on edge of lostness

Planes, trains, buses, motorcycles, cars and boats will get them as close as possible before setting off on foot to find hidden people groups. International Mission Board missionaries are going the extra mile, quite often literally. Why?

141 baptisms at First Simpsonville after ‘overwhelming’ response

SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (BP) – Multisite Upstate Church in Simpsonville, S.C., baptized 141 new believers Dec. 3 after a one-month evangelistic teaching series on church ordinances. For Senior Pastor Wayne Bray, it was clear the Holy Spirit was at work.

WEEK OF PRAYER:Virtual reality reaches lost through innovation

Michaela Knippers grabs the bulky virtual reality goggles off the desk and tightens them onto her head. Her husband, Justin, is already strapped in and waving his hand in the air to scroll through different maps he sees through the goggles.

WEEK OF PRAYER: Jesus is unfamiliar gift for many in spiritually lost world

Lostness around the world is growing every day. In fact, 59 percent of the world’s population remains unreached. This means there are less than 2 percent evangelical Christians within their people group or nearby. Unless something changes, they have little to no chance of hearing the Gospel in their lifetime.

SBC defies downward trend in donor trust in religious charities

ARLINGTON, Va. (BP) – Religious organizations including churches are no longer the most trusted charities among American adults, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) said in its 2023 Give.org Study.