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Texas Baptists in more than half of state’s counties plan to distribute Scripture

Texas Baptists have stepped forward in more than half of the state’s counties to volunteer to lead efforts to place Scripture in every home in their areas.
       

CBF cuts spending by 20 percent

Starting March 1, the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will operate on a contingency spending plan that cuts staff salaries by 1 percent and reduces funding for theology schools and other CBF partner organizations by 30 percent.
       

SBC Executive Committee postpones vote on Broadway

The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has asked Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth to clarify its views on homosexuality before determining whether its toleration of gay members violates a constitutional ban on churches that "act to affirm, approve or endorse homosexual behavior."
       

Baptist, Orthodox leaders hold groundbreaking talks in Europe

European Baptist and Orthodox scholars convened Feb. 8-11 in talks aimed to promote understanding between two Christian groups often at odds over issues like proselytizing and the separation of church and state.
       

Confidentiality means letting each person own his own story

The way churches treat confidential information reveals just how much they value the person who has provided it, a veteran inner-city missionary told participants at a Baylor University workshop.
       

Ministry thrives when pastors equip, rather than doing it themselves

A church that depends upon its pastor for ministry fails both the pastor and the laypeople, ministry strategist Alan Nelson told participants at the Next Big Idea conference at Baylor University.
       

It takes a village to renew community and build healthy society

Mack McCarter, founder of Community Renewal International, says community is the key to renewal.
       

Simple steps lead to ‘next-level’ ministry to communities

Churches can strengthen the ministries they provide to their communities by taking five key steps, ministry specialist Amy Sherman told participants at the Next Big Idea conference at Baylor University.
       

Debt retirement feels like “stimulus package” to church leaders

It wasn’t loaves and fishes, but dollars and cents the congregation of First Baptist Church in Wichita Falls brought together. The result was still astounding—the payment of $8.4 million in debt in seven months.
       

Why serve? Most Christian volunteers say it’s a God thing

A Baylor researcher has confirmed what many church nominating committees and volunteer coordinators have suspected. Christians age 50 and older volunteer for service because they believe God wants them to do it.
       

Service central to becoming an externally focused church

Chase Oaks Church in Plano and LifeBridge Christian Church in Longmont, Colo., dropped most of their programs in favor of service to their communities. As a result, the congregations have impacted more lives and grown in their faith.
       

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