Baptist Life

PHOENIX, Ariz. — On Valentine’s evening, many Southern Baptists gathered in Phoenix, Arizona, to celebrate the latest group of missionaries heading to the nations with the gospel of Jesus Christ.  In total, 62 missionaries were approved unanimously for appointment earlier that day by IMB’s board of trustees who were also in Phoenix for meetings and to recognize new missionaries.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — An aspiring young preacher and baseball player who baptized most of his teammates at a Georgia junior college last fall has committed to play for The Citadel beginning next season. Robbie Lane, the starting shortstop at East Georgia State College in Swainsboro, Ga., described being recruited to play for the Division I school in Charleston as a dream come true.

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Nearly 800 people gathered in Augusta last weekend for hands-on ministry that including renovating schools and churches, building a playgrounds, providing free dental care, throwing block parties, and so much more. In the process, at least 24 people made salvation decisions.

“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure, buried in a field, that a man found and reburied. Then in his joy he goes and sells everything he has and buys that field." (Matthew 13:44-50, CSB)

RAMSEY, Ill. — In many parts of Illinois, there are pastors who have stayed in their churches for 15, maybe 20 years. And some longer than that, like maybe 25. But few have stayed 60 years. Edmund Hill, age 88, has been the pastor of Bayle City Baptist Church since 1963, more than 60 years now. He was recognized at the annual meeting of the Illinois Baptist State Association last fall.

Not everyone knows about Jesus.  It still surprises me to find that to be true.  While I grew up going to Sunday and Wednesday church services, Sunday School, and Vacation Bible School, countless others did not.  While I know Him personally and He walks with me daily, to some He is an unknown person, a stranger they have heard little about.

My very first date with my husband was on Valentine’s Day in 1974. We were both in the 10th grade at the same high school. He was a basketball player and I was a cheerleader. I won’t say I fell in love with him on the first date, which by the way was at the circus, but I did enjoy his company and considered that there might be potential for a relationship there. He, on the other hand, told me he was going to marry me on our first date!

ROME, Ga. — On Monday, leaders joined together on the campus of Shorter University for the College of Business Leadership Summit. This is an opportunity for students and community members to learn more about leadership from the experts.

SUWANEE, Ga. — Nearly half of Christians say they struggle to find time to spend with fellow believers in discipleship activities because they’re too busy, according to a pair of surveys by the Barna Group, an organization that monitors cultural and religious trends in the U.S. Barna, writing about the surveys in an article last week, said they found bright spots in that 58 percent of Christians spend uninterrupted time with God and that 57 percent find time to regularly read their Bibles. But, when it comes to discipleship activities, 39 percent of Christians are not involved in helping others grow in their faith.

ST. JOHNS, Fla. — With its recent mission trip to Australia, Fruit Cove Baptist Church in North Florida has reached its goal of extending its missions footprint to all seven continents. While it’s something the church has celebrated, Jonathan Wilson, the church’s families and missions pastor, will tell you the church still has more to do.

JONESBORO, Ga. — Pastor and author Henry Blackaby is being remembered as “a great Bible teacher” who inspired untold numbers of missionaries, church planters and everyday believers to “watch where God is working and join Him.” A funeral for Blackaby, author of the best-selling Experiencing God Bible study, has been set for 3 p.m. on Feb. 25 at Jonesboro’s First Baptist Church where his son, Mel, serves as senior pastor. “He will be greatly missed, but his influence on the lives of untold numbers of people through his Bible teaching will live on,” said evangelist Franklin Graham in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Texas Baptist Men—also known as Texans on Mission—has worked quietly in and around western Ukraine since Russia invaded the Eastern European nation two years ago this month. This winter, TBM has helped send firewood, food, household supplies and building materials.

MOUNT VERNON, Ga. — Brewton-Parker College is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Justin E. Russell as the new provost, succeeding Dr. Robert Brian, who is retiring after many years of dedicated service. Dr. Russell, who has been serving as the Division Chair for Education and Behavioral Sciences, brings a wealth of experience and a deep commitment to the college’s mission.

CONYERS, Ga. — Georgia Baptists are heading into a pair of evangelism conferences with a full head of steam, having seen a 30% increase in baptisms over the past year and a more than 92% increase since 2020. Baptism numbers are rising as more churches submit their Annual Church Profile, a yearly census of Southern Baptist congregations, and, the process, ratcheting up interest in the evangelism conferences to be held on Feb. 25-26 in at First Baptist Church in Conyers and March 10-11 at Northside Baptist Church in Tifton.

Isn’t it amazing how a wonderful day, free from worry or anxiety, can be interrupted by the smallest of inconveniences? Take for example your vehicle.

Some people never seem to establish roots. The Bible describes Abraham as a man without roots. Hebrews 11:8–10 details Abraham’s lack of established roots on his pilgrimage with God. Faith and obedience were the major characteristics of the patriarch. He obeyed God and set out for a place unknown.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Ken Whitten joined the staff of the North American Mission Board in 2023 to serve as national director of pastoral leadership. He has been connecting with pastors, creating resources and now he has launched the “Equipping Pastors” podcast.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — What do a virtual reality lab, a selfie studio, a comedy show and an NHL locker room have in common? If you’re Zac Workun, these venues are prime settings for youth ministry training.  Workun is a student ministry specialist for Lifeway Christian Resources who helps plan and lead the Experience, an immersive training event for youth ministry leaders. The three-day conference in Nashville, Tenn., is focused on skill refinement in preaching and teaching and is intentionally kept on the small side.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  —  Henry Blackaby, the Christian writer and pastor who impacted millions of lives through his best-selling Bible study "Experiencing God," died Saturday. He was  88.  Considered a spiritual statesman by many, the quiet pastor from Canada had a ministry that reached from pastors, missionaries and lay people, to CEOs, U.S. presidents and world leaders. 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — In late 2019 and early 2020, a series of earthquakes hit Puerto Rico on the island’s south side near the city of Ponce. Iglesia Bautista Misionera, pastored by Rubén Rodríguez, had just affiliated with Southern Baptists and was being relaunched with the help of Send Network Puerto Rico.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Bushwick neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y., is small in terms of land area—roughly two square miles—but more than 120,000 people call it home. “It’s an urban poor context, a community with a lot of need,” said Danny Torres, who was born and raised in Bushwick and planted Swerve Church in his community in 2016 as part of Send Network.

DALLAS — Registration is open for The Summit, powered by GuideStone, a two-day conference designed for financial officers, human resources professionals and key decision-makers from churches, ministries and nonprofit organizations. Formerly known as the Employee Benefits Summit, The Summit will be held April 21—23 at the Hyatt Regency Frisco, north of Dallas.

Keith Jefferson stood at an all-too-familiar pulpit in Cachoeira, Bahia in Brazil. With gratitude, he looked out at the church he’d partnered closely with during his time on the field over a decade ago. The retired International Mission Board missionary finished his sermon, and a young Quilombola walked the aisle, tears in his eyes.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Boyce College consecrated the beginning of the Spring 2024 semester with Spring Convocation on Tuesday. Faculty, students and staff gathered in the Alumni Memorial Chapel to formally begin a semester that has already begun and to thank the Lord for his provision of another academic term.

DULUTH, Ga. — It’s not lost on Craig Dale that the $8.4 million in checks he helped to hand out to faith-based healthcare providers on Thursday will have physical and spiritual impacts on untold numbers of Georgians. “It's a cool experience to say the least,” said Dale, chairman of the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation, a philanthropic organization that funds frontline caregivers in communities across the state. “And the really cool part is that each check is going to be converted into life-changing programs.”

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