Pastor Susan Rogers, of The Well of Springfield in Jacksonville, Fla., uses a more personal approach to evangelism and ministry rather than using the fiery methods of the past. She uses a nearby coffee shop as her office and leads her congregation to visit local businesses to connect with their community. (Photos by Jeff Brumley)
Pastor Susan Rogers, of The Well of Springfield in Jacksonville, Fla., uses a more personal approach to evangelism and ministry rather than using the fiery methods of the past. She uses a nearby coffee shop as her office and leads her congregation to visit local businesses to connect with their community. (Photos by Jeff Brumley)

Evangelism without guilt

Experts say a broader view of evangelism could inspire more Christians to share their faith.

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A new pattern for the old, old story

Do pre-Christians need to feel they belong before they can believe and become?

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To tithe or not to tithe?

To tithe or not to tithe?

Are Christians required to give 10 percent of their income to the church? Is it based on gross or net income? Would God accept less in hard times?

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Study seeks 'positive agenda for affluence'

The United States remains an affluent country but its citizens and institutions sometimes aren’t certain how to use wealth responsibly, authors John L. and Sylvia Ronsvalle say in their annual "state of church giving" report.

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Missional concept rescues church

Declining traditional churches must change themselves to effectively minister in a “new” culture, according to a missional church resource by American Baptist Churches USA.

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CBF leader issues ‘missional’ charge

A former CBF leader says "missional" churches that embody Christ's teachings share several characteristics.

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Children pose at the community garden operated by Mosaic, a CBF missional church plant in Clayton, NC. Pastor Andy Hale said the garden is one of the ways the church tries to be misisonal -- identifying a community need and finding a way to meet it (Photo provided by Andy Hale)
Children pose at the community garden operated by Mosaic, a CBF missional church plant in Clayton, NC. Pastor Andy Hale said the garden is one of the ways the church tries to be misisonal -- identifying a community need and finding a way to meet it (Photo provided by Andy Hale)

Fretting over missional's meaning

Proponents of the missional movement are concerned that the term is so popular as to be nearly meaningless.

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Silent worship not just for Catholics

An ancient form of worship, contemplative prayer is making a comeback in Baptist churches.

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Jim Somerville, senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Richmond, helps distribute communion during the contemplative service the church holds on Wednesday nights.  (PHOTO/Religious Herald)
Jim Somerville, senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Richmond, helps distribute communion during the contemplative service the church holds on Wednesday nights.  (PHOTO/Religious Herald)

Contemplative worship fits Baptist faith

Experts say contemplative worship fits naturally with Baptists' emphasis on the priesthood of the believer.

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Contemporary worship not a fix-all

Contemporary worship not a fix-all

Some traditional churches are challenging the conventional wisdom that style is everything when it comes to vibrant worship.

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