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Pastor Eric Black dedicates the baby born to Joe and Megan Jennings, a couple who were married at First Baptist Church in Covington, Texas, when the sanctuary was still under construction. (Photo/Courtesy of First Baptist Church in Covington)
Pastor Eric Black dedicates the baby born to Joe and Megan Jennings, a couple who were married at First Baptist Church in Covington, Texas, when the sanctuary was still under construction. (Photo/Courtesy of First Baptist Church in Covington)

Small church makes big strides despite location, trends

A Covington, Texas, church has seen growth in attendance and baptisms since building a sanctuary considered much too large for a congregation in a very small town.

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President Obama pays tribute April 9 to three soldiers killed at Fort Hood earlier this month. (Dept. of Defense photo)
President Obama pays tribute April 9 to three soldiers killed at Fort Hood earlier this month. (Dept. of Defense photo)

Baptists see Fort Hood shootings through lens of Easter

Baptist pastors recall how the April 2 shootings that killed three soldiers felt tragically familiar, and how they and their ministries immediately responded to meet the spiritual needs of their congregations and the Army base.

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N.C. church, first to ordain a woman, calls its first female pastor

Fifty years after ordaining the first female Southern Baptist minister, Watts Street Baptist Church in Durham, N.C., has called a woman as pastor.

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Pastor Amy Butler (right) and Calvary Baptist Church will launch a pastoral residency program in May. (Myra Houser/photo)
Pastor Amy Butler (right) and Calvary Baptist Church will launch a pastoral residency program in May. (Myra Houser/photo)

Moderate Baptists to see second pastoral residency program

Calvary Baptist Church in Washington is preparing to launch a pastoral residency program, which some experts say is energizing congregations as they help prepare young ministers. 

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The altar and the Eucharist are the central focus of worship at All Souls Charlottesville. (All Souls Facebook photo)
The altar and the Eucharist are the central focus of worship at All Souls Charlottesville. (All Souls Facebook photo)

Virginia church may look Anglican, but it's fully Baptist

All Souls Charlottesville, a growing Virginia Baptist church plant, looks Anglican in worshp but is true to its Baptist roots, pastor says as congregation celebrates five years.

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Participants attend a Taizé service in Milan, Italy. (Taizé photo)
Participants attend a Taizé service in Milan, Italy. (Taizé photo)

Contemplative practices gaining with youth, young adults

Youth are pulled in infinite directions simultaneously and have vast quantities of information at their disposal. Silence can be a rare and exotic experience. 

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Churches respond to call for disaster relief in Augusta, Ga.

Close to 100 residents of the Georgia city are still affected by damage caused by a winter storm that swept through the Southeast in mid-February.

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Missouri church helps African immigrants put aside tribal differences

Immigrants from all over Africa find a warm place at First Baptist Church in Columbia, Mo., in part because of one man’s experience.

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Pastor Janet Pan, left, prepares for a baptism service held at Forest Hills Baptist Church in Raleigh.
Pastor Janet Pan, left, prepares for a baptism service held at Forest Hills Baptist Church in Raleigh.

Raleigh church finds 'very Baptist' way to be multicultural

Forest Hills Baptist Church in Raleigh, N.C., is home to a Farsi-speaking ministry and autonomous Chinese and African congregations that worship separately but come together regularly to celebrate a common faith.

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A recent Religion News Service graphic charts the decline of religiosity in America. (Tobin Grant/RNS)
A recent Religion News Service graphic charts the decline of religiosity in America. (Tobin Grant/RNS)

Ministers weigh options amidst major religious decline

Ministers and consultants say churches must avoid temptation to accommodate the culture to keep people from leaving and become instead more relevant to the spiritual needs of Americans.

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