7 reasons why digital metrics matter to your church

Most church staff seldom pause long enough to wonder, “How do people think we are doing?”

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The rise and fall and rise again of Joel Gregory

The rise and fall and rise again of Joel Gregory

Joel Gregory’s rise to prominence in the Southern Baptist Convention was meteoric. His fall was just as spectacular — and painfully public. Now, though, the preacher says the trajectory offered him a measure of both grace and humanity.

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California Baptists expel ‘third way’ church

New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, Calif., teaches that Christians can agree to disagree on homosexuality in the same way that they hold different views on divorce and remarriage.

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New partnership pact means more funds for CBF of Virginia

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will expand its footprint in Virginia, a state with a high concentration of CBF churches but few local resources, under a new funding agreement with CBF national.

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Global Women head stepping down after eight years

After eight years, Global Women Executive Director Cindy Dawson says the time for new leadership has come for the woman-to-woman missions organization founded in 2001.

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New CBF moderator takes up gavel, ‘grateful’ for group’s prayers

Kasey Jones is the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship’s first moderator with no direct experience in the controversy that prompted the organization to separate from the Southern Baptist Convention in the 1990s.

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BGAV moves closer to far-reaching governance shift

A committee’s action revises governing documents in preparation for final consideration this fall.

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Steve Powell looks over his church’s “Abundance Garden. (ABPnews/Herald photo by Bob Allen)
Steve Powell looks over his church’s “Abundance Garden. (ABPnews/Herald photo by Bob Allen)

For north Georgia church, a little soul but no blues

A church’s free meals make life bearable for the unemployed in Dalton, Ga.

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Alumni association to submit settlement offer to Baylor University

It’s a “last-ditch” attempt to avoid litigation, says alumni association president.

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Accrediting agency lists reasons for putting Louisiana College on probation

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools cited “institutional integrity” and “external influence” among reasons for putting the Louisiana Baptist Convention-related school on probation in June.

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The Liberia Baptist Ebola Emergency Response Team distributes food and sanitary supplies. (LBMEC photo)
The Liberia Baptist Ebola Emergency Response Team distributes food and sanitary supplies. (LBMEC photo)

Liberian Baptists stepping up efforts in Ebola battle

Food and sanitary supplies are being distributed in hard-hit regions.

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Chick-fil-A founder, Baptist layman, Truett Cathy dies

The billionaire inventor of the boneless, fried Chick-fil-A sandwich was as well known for his Christian faith as his business acumen.

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Many Boomers move away from volunteering once their children leave home or as a result of downsizing their lifestyle. (Shutterstock)
Many Boomers move away from volunteering once their children leave home or as a result of downsizing their lifestyle. (Shutterstock)

Churches facing a rethink in how they engage aging Boomers

Shifts in how that generation chooses to volunteer is impacting church ministries.

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Slow to retire: Boomers turn to ‘encore careers’

Nearly half of Baby Boomers say they plan to remain in the workforce until age 66 or later, and 10 percent say they won’t retire at all.

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National Baptists elect new president

Among other things, the new president of the nation’s largest African-American denomination is a graduate of a non-denominational seminary with ties to the “young, restless and reformed” brand of Calvinism.

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Black Baptists urge Obama to speed Haitian family immigration

Expedited process of getting Haitians into the U.S. makes good economic sense and is fair, the leaders of five African-American communions say in a letter to the White House.

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Federal magistrate recommends dismissal of Glorieta lawsuit

Couple had claimed LifeWay Christian Resources lacked authority to sell the Baptist conference center.

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Fire destroys Cumberland University Baptist center

An early morning fire at a Baptist student center in Lebanon, Tenn., displaced two students living in an upstairs apartment. The building, owned by the local Baptist association, is a total loss.

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Young people gather at memorial for Michael Brown who was shot feet away by Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9. (Creative Commons photo by Brett Myers/Youth Radio)
Young people gather at memorial for Michael Brown who was shot feet away by Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9. (Creative Commons photo by Brett Myers/Youth Radio)

Race, relevancy among challenges facing black Baptist leaders

Recent shootings of black men present challenges to new leaders of four of the nation’s largest African-American Baptist denominations, which observers say must become champions for racial reforms in America.

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Historic Baptist church sold to fraternity

A historic Baptist church building in upstate New York will be repurposed as a fraternity house.

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