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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.
       

‘Next big idea’ an old idea that looks radically different

The “next big idea” actually is 2,000 years old, said Michael Stroope, associate professor of missions at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary. But it has “moved and morphed” into something quite different than what Americans and Europeans have known.
       

Contact with global partners gave church expanded vision

When Lynne Hybels and her husband, Bill, started a church in suburban Chicago 33 years ago, they had two dreams. As a young pastor, he wanted to plant the kind of church where people who were far away from God could be reconciled to him. As a social worker, she wanted to develop a community of faith who wouldn’t be afraid to confront “the messiness of life.”
       

Kay Warren: Following Christ means being ‘seriously disturbed’

Becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ means being willing to say “yes” unconditionally to God, knowing he likely will lead his followers into uncomfortable places, Kay Warren told a group at Baylor University.
       
 
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