Common denominator for new churches: They all need funds

Regardless of the method or process used to start them, all new church plants have one thing in common—the need for money.

Missional, emergent church movements place premium on church starting

The missional church and emergent church movements are sweeping through many aspects of religious life—including church planting. While both most often are tagged as movements, they also function as foundations for birthing new congregations.

How should church starters measure success?

Should the death of a new church be considered a failure? That depends on the definition of success. Estimates of church plant failures range from less than 2 percent to as great as 80 percent, depending upon the study.

Planting churches that take root takes right processes, people

Planting new churches in places where none exists, or reaching specific culture groups, can result in changed lives and the expansion of God’s kingdom. But it takes flexibility to adapt to each new work’s context.

Tons of food go to refugees from border violence

What does 48 tons of food look like? To volunteers and families at the Starr County fairgrounds recently, it looked like 4,000 fewer hungry people.

Pastors more like webslinger than Man of Steel

Pastors are more like Spider-Man than Superman, Kevin Cosby told participants at the 2010 African American Fellowship Conference July 13 in Houston.

Harvest Baptist Association building a total loss after fire

An overnight fire July 11 destroyed Harvest Baptist Association’s mission center.

'Good News Bible' translator Bob Bratcher dies

Robert Bratcher, the New Testament translator for the Good News Bible, died July 10 at the Carol Woods retirement community in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 90.

Plano pastor to be BGCT first VP nominee

Jerry Carlisle, pastor of First Baptist Church in Plano, will be a candidate for first vice president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas this fall.

Half a year after an earthquake, Haiti has a long way to go

Haiti rubbleA mission team coordinated by Texas Baptists helping reconstruction in Haiti found the effects of the January earthquake still evident. Scenes of vibrant life and color give way to piles of dust-covered concrete and tangled rebar in a country of conspicuous contrasts.


Baptists still helping Haitians

Michael Akinboro of African Evangelical Baptist Church in Grand Prairie treated hundeds of patients at a clinic sponsored by Siloé Baptist Church in Grand-Goave, Haiti.  The congregation's building was ruined by an earthquake, but its ministry continues.
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