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Attracting unchurched grows small churches, study says

Attracting unchurched grows small churches, study says

Attracting and keeping people considered unchurched is rated as the top predictor of growth through new professions of faith at small churches, according to a new study encompassing 12 Christian denominations including Southern Baptists.

       
Nonprofit leader and former executive nominated as CBF moderator-elect

Nonprofit leader and former executive nominated as CBF moderator-elect

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship nominating committee recommended Gary Dollar, a nationally recognized nonprofit leader and former executive, as the organization’s next moderator-elect.

       
Around the State: Baylor passes $100 million in fund-raising; Wayland names advancement advancement

Around the State: Baylor passes $100 million in fund-raising; Wayland names advancement VP

For the sixth consecutive year, Baylor University received more than $100 million in gifts, pledges and planned commitments. Wayland Baptist University named Kevin Ludlum vice president of advancement.

       

Older people who feel close to God more likely to have sense of well-being

According to a Baylor University study, as people grow older, those who are securely attached to God are more likely to have a sense of well-being.

       

On the Move: Allen, Dickens and Peterson.

Staff changes reported for congregations in Stephenville, Garland and Rockport.

       
Sexual freedom and religious freedom divide Americans

Views on sexual freedom and religious freedom divide Americans

From cohabitation and same-sex marriage to birth control and bathrooms, Americans can’t seem to agree about what is right and wrong regarding sex, and their views often are rooted in faith, according to a LifeWay Research study.

       
TBM leaders advise Israeli officials on emergency mass feeding

TBM leaders advise Israeli officials on emergency mass feeding

Two Texas Baptist Men disaster relief leaders participated in an emergency preparedness exercise in Israel, where they advised Israeli official about mass feeding of civilians after a disaster.

       
McLendon named interim provost at Baylor

McLendon named interim provost at Baylor

Baylor University President Linda Livingstone named Michael McLendon interim provost at the university, effective July 1. He has been dean of Baylor’s School of Education since July 2015.

       
Court ruling on public funds for church playground draws sharply different responses

Ruling on public funds for church playground draws varied responses

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled states sometimes must make public funds available to religious organizations, a decision some Baptists hailed as a victory for religious freedom and others saw as chipping away at the wall of separation between church and state that protects religious liberty.

       
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More than a place to stay; a path to restoration

Eunice Chambless Hospitality House ministers to the physical and spiritual needs of people who arrive to visit loved ones incarcerated in Abilene.

       
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No major U.S. religious groups approve refusing service to homosexuals

Overall in 2016, twice as many Americans disapproved than approved of those who refuse service to a gay person based on religious beliefs—61 percent to 30 percent

       
 
 
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