Inner-city Dallas church saved drug dealer’s life–among others

Cornerstone Baptist Church in South Dallas saved the life of former drug dealer W. L. Williams. Now, he’s helping the church save others.

Liberian survivor wants to integrate former combatants into society

BrownellGracie Brownell, a recent graduate of the Baylor School of Social Work, remembers going hungry and watching her mother hide what little food they had for the day. Now she wants to return to her native Liberia to work with victims and combatants in her country's 14-year civil war.

SBC reports fewest baptisms in more than two decades

In 2008, the Southern Baptist Convention showed a net loss in total membership for the second straight year and baptized the lowest number of new members since 1987, according to annual statistics compiled by the denomination’s publishing-and-research arm.

First Baptist Church, Vernon, puts faith into action

Texas HopeRoughly 430  members of First Baptist Church in Vernon spread throughout their community, doing 19 projects and visiting 320 homes as part of a Faith in Action initiative of Texas Hope 2010.

View pastoral ministry as the art of the commonplace

The church should not discard the first-century model of living with a sense of community in pursuit of Christ’s call, according to  speakers at a symposium sponsored by Baylor University’s Center for Ministry Effectiveness called “New Wineskins: Emerging Patterns of Congregational Life.”

Churches follow different approaches, share common aim

Pastors of three churches with outwardly dissonant emphases blended into one harmonious theme—the important thing for any church to do is encourage pursuit of Christ and his righteousness. They shared their stories at the “New Wineskins: Emerging Patterns of Congregational Life” symposium sponsored by the Center for Ministry Effectiveness and Educational Leadership at Baylor University.

Sanctuary for challenged children, parents

If churches want to minister to families of children with learning differences they must deal with a "sea of denial" about the problem, according to author Maren Angellotti.

Two more join field of candidates for Hispanic Convencion president

At least three nominees for president of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas will be presented at the Convencion’s annual meeting, June 28-29 at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas.

Texas has highest rate of child hunger in nation

Roughly 22 percent of Texans under age 18 and 23 percent under age 5 are unsure where their next meal will come from—the highest percentage in the nation, according to a new study.

Shotwell, 77, dies of heart attack

Bob Edd Shotwell, 77, died at his Georgetown home May 6 following a heart attack. Shotwell, was minister of education and administration at Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin 26 years.

Female pastoral resident called to serve N.C. church

A North Carolina Baptist church has called its second woman pastor—a pastoral resident from a Dallas church. 
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