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Around the State

Paul Stripling will present guidance on “How to Minister to Those Experiencing Grief” at noon Nov. 11 as part of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor ministers’ forum series.
       

Dignity based on creation, not capability

Discussions about dignity and dying benefit from a clear understanding of dignity’s source and meaning, a founding member of the President’s Council on Bioethics told a Baylor University gathering.
       

Different heritage, similar missions link two schools

Representatives of the Guadalupe School of Religion, an independent African-American college founded in 1884, and Baptist University of the Américas, a Texas Baptist-affiliated school, signed an agreement allowing students of the Guadalupe School access to the BUA library and research resources.
       

Buckner offers long-term missions opportunities

For the past 10 years, Buckner International has facilitated short-term mission trip opportunities—usually one week to 10 days long—for individuals and churches. Now, Buckner offers longer opportunities ranging from one month to one year.
       

Standing strong: Buckner marks 10 years in Kenya

Dickson Masindano will take all the help he can get for the Buckner International ministries he oversees in Kenya. But he wants everyone to know his goal is less, not more.
       

Iraqi Baptist pastor says Baghdad's Christians living in fear

A Baptist pastor in Baghdad told a European Baptist leader that Christians there are living in fear following an Oct. 31 attack on a Catholic church in Iraq's capital that left more than 50 dead.
       

Around the State

Children’s Mission Involvement Day will be held Nov. 6 at the Texas Port Ministry in Freeport. Bobby Fuller, the ministry’s director, will speak to children about the ministry and how they can be involved in shipping the Good News around the world.
       

Faith Digest: Crystal Cathedral in trouble

The Crystal Cathedral, the gleaming Southern California megachurch known for its Hour of Power television broadcast, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors.
       

Texas Tidbits

The Baptist University of the Américas’ alumni and friends reception at the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting in McAllen, Fiesta Con BUA, will be Nov. 9, 9-10:30 p.m. in Ballroom A-D of the McAllen Convention Center.
       

Study finds large churches can do better at retaining members

Large congregations are more likely than small churches to emphasize evangelism and recruitment of new members but significantly less likely to contact members who stop attending, according to a recent study.
       

‘Unchurched’ studies seek to understand why people leave

Seeking to develop strategies to prevent formerly active members from leaving through the so-called “back door,” LifeWay Research has conducted surveys to better understand why people leave.
       
 
 
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