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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Church sued for abuse that occurred at VBS

A lawsuit filed in Tennessee claims a Baptist church in the state was negligent in allowing a man with a history of complaints about sexual misconduct to volunteer at Vacation Bible School.

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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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