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Baltimore church planter Jeremy Dickson has seen firsthand the impact of Crossover upon the ministries of his new church. The week before last summer’s Southern Baptist Convention, Dickson’s Infinity Church worked with Southern Baptist volunteers during Crossover to get the word out about a health fair in its neighborhood. Thanks to the help of volunteers who showed up to help, Dickson believes the event was a rousing success.
Date Created: 4/22/2015 1:38:32 PM
Hurricane Sandy survivor Cecelya Morsby faced near eviction in March 2015 from her flooded home in Freeport, N.Y., before Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) volunteers came to her aid more than two years after the storm’s surge ravaged the coastal town on Long Island’s south shore.
Date Created: 4/20/2015 11:30:22 AM
Each year about a thousand churches disappear from the Southern Baptist database, the majority of them closing. God gets no glory when that happens. Of those churches, 77 percent are located in metro areas. That means in the areas where we as Southern Baptists have identified we need churches the most, we’re starting to fall behind. We need to start even more churches in these metro areas every year just to catch up with the ballooning church death rate.
Date Created: 4/17/2015 12:25:55 PM
When Randy Chestnut and his wife of 35 years, Denise, sensed God calling them to establish a church and ministry in Old North Dayton, it was a homecoming for both. Raised in the area, the couple had deep roots in the community. But while Old North Dayton is home, the region has seen many changes since his childhood, says Randy Chestnut.
Date Created: 4/13/2015 2:32:13 PM
Two and a half years after Superstorm Sandy struck, Jim Clark and his wife, Ena, of Long Beach, N.Y., are working to get into their new home with the help of Southern Baptist volunteers.Sandy’s storm surge lifted and shifted their home of 35 years off its foundation.
Date Created: 4/6/2015 10:42:19 AM
For years in Southern Baptist life the message among pastors about plateaued and dying churches was simple—stay away. As a church planter, I believed, and experience had shown me, that it was easier to start a new church rather than resurrect a dying church with damaged DNA. But there was a problem with that belief. Jesus is in the resurrection business. The church must be as well.
Date Created: 4/3/2015 11:40:35 AM
One of the things I like best about being at the North American Mission Board is hearing all of the great stories about how God is at work through our church planters in North America. From time to time I like to pass them along to you.
Date Created: 4/1/2015 5:15:08 PM
Abby Hughes is one of only two Generation Send (GenSend) campus mobilizers in the Northwest who is taking on the responsibility to find other college students to participate in GenSend 2015.
Date Created: 3/27/2015 3:19:08 PM
Recently NAMB was able to share good news that Southern
Baptist church plants were up 5 percent in 2014. We still have a lot of
catching up to do because our church planting efforts lost pace with population
growth decades ago, but hopefully last year’s increase will begin a new trend.
Date Created: 3/25/2015 2:53:47 PM
Baptist Church in St. Cloud, Minn., had a tough decision to make. With just a
handful of members after years of struggle, they could continue meeting as
usual, barely making use of the building and facilities they had, or they could
choose something a bit more courageous.
Date Created: 3/23/2015 12:24:55 PM
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