Age no barrier to extended missions service for East Texas couple

William and Wynna Withers never expected to fall in love with the people of Ukraine. In fact, for most of their married life, the couple never imagined leaving their home in Buna, deep in the East Texas Big Thicket.

Governing multi-site churches like franchising a business

As some congregations reach out to minister beyond their church campus, many have chosen to begin second or third or more sites under the church umbrella. Adding more sites usually means adjusting the congregation’s governing structure.

Can a church be congregational in polity and have elders?

The concept of the priesthood of the believer gave rise to the congregational form of church governance—each member having a say in the decisions the church makes, from calling a pastor to determining the color of the nursery walls. But that can often be unwieldy and slow.

A quiet faith lurks behind Colbert’s comedic bluster

Stephen Colbert’s on-air persona is a bloviating, holier-than-thou, conservative Catholic. But some of his fellow Christians say he is a serious, covert and potent evangelist for their faith.

Author finds faith and fanaticism in devotion to college football

Chad Gibbs' new book, God and Football: Faith and Fanaticism in the SEC,tracks college football’s near-religious following in the heart of the Bible Belt.

Who's in Charge?

Jesus Christ is the head of the church. But when it comes to ways Christians handle a church's day-to-day administrative chores and make decisions about budget and buildings, Baptist churches demonstrate remarkable diversity.

TBM helps Haitian amputee soccer team achieve a dream

Helping a team of amputee soccer players get to their World Cup venue might not seem like disaster relief, but Dick Talley with Texas Baptist Men said that is exactly what it is.

Teacher follows God’s calling to 11 countries in 11 months

Alecia DockeryAlecia Dockery from First Baptist Church in Denton will spend a month in the Philippines, India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Romania, Ukraine, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and another Asian country serving with the World Race missions organization.


Youth leaders find R&R at Youth Ministry Conclave

As youth ministers and leaders from across Texas gathered at Youth Ministry Conclave on Oct. 11-13, they were greeted with a challenge to stop adding additional ministry or spiritual disciplines in an attempt to avoid spiritual emptiness and first learn to be refreshed by walking with Jesus.

CBF 2012 task force begins with listening sessions

A blue-ribbon task force assigned to study and recommend changes to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's structure has begun its work with a series of listening sessions as the organization seeks to move beyond the past and look toward the future.

CBF using earthquake rubble to build homes for Haiti families

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is entering a new relief phase in Haiti, moving families into permanent homes built from the rubble created by the Jan. 12 earthquake that left them homeless.
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