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. 

MBC seeks to reopen Windermere case in Camden County

The Missouri Baptist Convention will try once again to reclaim land at Windermere Baptist Conference Center and property it once owned by refilling a case recently dismissed in Camden County.

Conservative ‘National Day of Prayer’ supporters upset over Obama snub

Conservative organizers of National Day of Prayer-related events expressed disappointment that President Obama chose not to mark the day May 7 in the same elaborate fashion as his predecessor.

Texans follow their calling to Greece, work among Albanian refugees

CBF missionaries Bob and Janice Newell of Houston responded to a powerful tug toward the needs of Albanian immigrants in Athens, Greece. One result of their ministry is a photo exhibit that will be presented at the CBF General Assembly in Houston, July 2-3.

Children’s home alum brings hope and healing to girls, moms & mentors

Jenny Broughton, who grew up at South Texas Children’s Home Ministries, mixed humor with sobering details of abuse as a child during her appearance at the "It's a Girl Thing" conference in Corpus Christi.

Graduating social work student gains tools for ministry in homeland

Walai Jantawiboon of Bangkok, Thailand, was raised a Buddhist but became a Christian at age 17. She served as project coordinator of relief services in the wake of the tsunami that devastated parts of her country in 2004. The Baylor School of Social Work's integration of faith and education  seemed like a perfect fit for her.
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