Pastor Barry Wright at Destiny Ministries in Orange Park, Fla., addresses youth during Sunday worship. (Jeff Brumley/ABPnews/Herald)
Pastor Barry Wright at Destiny Ministries in Orange Park, Fla., addresses youth during Sunday worship. (Jeff Brumley/ABPnews/Herald)

Ethnic churches do better with Millennials, but challenges remain

Some African-American and Hispanic pastors say Millennials are not leaving their churches like they are white evangelical congregations. But some also say ethnic churches face their own pitfalls in retaining younger members.

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Former SBC megachurch sold to Catholics

The Fellowship at Two Rivers has sold the former campus of Two Rivers Baptist Church to the Catholic Diocese of Nashville for $12.5 million.

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Southern Baptist church takes ‘third way’ on homosexuality

Pastor Danny Cortez says he didn’t plan or budget to attend this year’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, but he hopes circumstances will change so he can go and explain to fellow pastors his church’s decision to agree to disagree about homosexuality.

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Murder, possible kidnapping, rock Georgia congregation

An elderly man found murdered in a Georgia gated community and his missing wife were members of a community church with leaders well-known among moderate Baptists.

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D.C.’s Amy Butler is candidate for Riverside Church in New York

If endorsed June 8, the Baptist pastor will take the pulpit of one of the most prominent congregations in America.

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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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