Minister discovers mission field in his own neighborhood

John Wills, executive pastor of The Heights Church in Richardson, has been spending more time ministering in his neighborhood community than at the church building.

Children’s home extends ministry from South Texas to Haiti

South Texas Children’s Home Ministries sent 100 boxes of food and provisions for children and families affected by the earthquake in Haiti.

Students commissioned for short-term missions

About 300 college students were commissioned during Go Now Missions orientation weekend in preparation for serving in summer missions, short-term summer impact teams or as fall semester or campus missionaries.

Musician ministers to teens struggling with cutting

As singer/songwriter Lanae’ Hale performs concerts around the country, she shares an intensely personal message with teenagers and young adults about how God helped her to overcome a battle with cutting and depression.Video Included

Texas Baptist-endorsed chaplains now number greater than 600

The Baptist General Convention of Texas has endorsed more than 600 chaplains, as of the most recent meeting of the endorsement council, said Bobby Smith, chaplaincy relations specialist.

Baptist Briefs

Colleen Burroughs, vice president of the Passport youth-camping ministry, will be nominated as moderator-elect of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

Church transitions from roping events to skateboarding

Transitions lassoA church that had been geared toward western culture has transitioned to try to reach skateboarders downtown. The change involved more than a name change.Video Included

God’s provision encourages Howard Payne graduate

Cara Brewer, recent Howard Payne University graduate, was thrilled recently to learn she will receive a full-tuition scholarship to Texas Tech University School of Law this fall. She gratefully acknowledges, however, this is not the first time she has experienced God’s provision for her education.

Churches adapt to change by planting multiple campuses

Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty, Mo., and Air Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., started separate congregations to minister to differing geographic areas or a particular ministry focus. But most multisites remain together because of their shared spiritual DNA.

Church and founding pastor either grow together, or somebody moves on

Whether the founding pastor of a church matures with the congregation or moves on once the new work is well established depends on a host of factors, according to three church-growth and church-planting experts. And either the initial focus on which the church started or the pastor must change for the church to move forward, the three believe.

Death in a minister's family means transitions in ministry, identity

The death of a minister—or the minister’s spouse—marks a difficult phase in the life of both the church and the pastor’s family. The church and the spouse left behind must deal with the loss of that team concept, the intertwining of gifts and calling when a pastor or his or her mate passes away.
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