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Worship at The Well at Springfield in Jacksonville, Fla. Member Mike Belle said he joined the Baptist congregation because of its focus on authentic relationships, not for its worship style. (Jeff Brumley ABPnews/Herald)
Worship at The Well at Springfield in Jacksonville, Fla. Member Mike Belle said he joined the Baptist congregation because of its focus on authentic relationships, not for its worship style. (Jeff Brumley ABPnews/Herald)

Millennials warn churches against catering to their generation

A writer and others say stereotyping Millennials as eager for contemporary worship overlooks differences among individuals and the human capacity to change.

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Sex abuse victim sues Alabama Baptist church

A week after the arrest of a trusted financial secretary on charges of theft, an Alabama Baptist church is being slapped with a lawsuit claiming negligent hiring and supervision of a convicted child molester.

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Jeff Stinson, shown during a 2003 deployment to Iraq with the U.S. Air Force, says churches provide essential sense of family to military personnel. (Photo provided by Jeff Stinson).
Jeff Stinson, shown during a 2003 deployment to Iraq with the U.S. Air Force, says churches provide essential sense of family to military personnel. (Photo provided by Jeff Stinson).

Air Force personnel cuts highlight importance of church in military life

Stress of deployments and even downsizing can be lessened for military members actively involved in their congregations. 

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Bringing life back into a congregation can mean making difficult changes to worship style, culture and identity, experts acknowledge. However, they disagree on how many churches are willing to take those steps. (Jeff Brumley/ABPnews/Herald)
Bringing life back into a congregation can mean making difficult changes to worship style, culture and identity, experts acknowledge. However, they disagree on how many churches are willing to take those steps. (Jeff Brumley/ABPnews/Herald)

Experts seek balance between optimism and pessimism in future of congregations

Church revitalization is increasing, but is there enough interest to spark change?

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Third Way pastor invited to White House

While he isn’t talking to media, Pastor Danny Cortez described New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, Calif., in a sermon as being “in the eye of the storm.”

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Robert Dilday convenes panel on issues facing Baptist women in ministry. (ABPnews/Herald photos by Bob Allen)
Robert Dilday convenes panel on issues facing Baptist women in ministry. (ABPnews/Herald photos by Bob Allen)

Glass ceiling for women pastors cracked but not broken, panelists tell CBF

Women ministers tell ABPnews/Herald dinner at CBF General Assembly that women are making headway as pastors in Fellowship churches, but much work must be done to stop many from leaving for other denominations.

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St. Louis-based painter Bert VanderMark finds inspiration for art in the Bible. (Bert VanderMark painting)
St. Louis-based painter Bert VanderMark finds inspiration for art in the Bible. (Bert VanderMark painting)

Art gaining in Baptist worship and spirituality

Artists and pastors say artistic expression transforms the experience of sacred space and time — and that Baptists are catching on.

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Center for Healthy Churches launches second partnership

The church consulting group will make services available to CBFNC congregations.

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Staying focused on what matters most — including engaging communities like this Mosaic church community garden summer camp in Clayton, N.C. — can help overcome internal ideological divisions, pastors say. (Mosaic Facebook photo)
Staying focused on what matters most — including engaging communities like this Mosaic church community garden summer camp in Clayton, N.C. — can help overcome internal ideological divisions, pastors say. (Mosaic Facebook photo)

Political polarization challenges U.S. churches, Baptist leaders say

A new study finds that Americans increasingly identify with political views on the far right or far left, and that the center is shrinking. That could have profound implications for churches.

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Nathan Dean, center, is co-pastor of Edgewood Church in Atlanta, with his wife, Carrie Dean. They believe much of a church’s role is outside its building. (Edgewood Church photo)
Nathan Dean, center, is co-pastor of Edgewood Church in Atlanta, with his wife, Carrie Dean. They believe much of a church’s role is outside its building. (Edgewood Church photo)

Churches being pushed to see selves as guests in own communities

A post-Christian culture means churches no longer enjoy privileged status in their communities, and must work to be part of their neighborhoods.

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