Georgia Baptist Mission Board Executive Director Thomas Hammond speaks with African American pastors at a conference in Duluth on Wednesday. By ROGER ALFORDThe Christian Index DULUTH, Ga. – Despite being portrayed negatively in the media almost daily, Southern Baptists have good reasons to celebrate, the leader of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board told African American […]
Richard Pope is making the most of every moment he has left, preaching the gospel with elevated velocity since he was diagnosed with cancer. (Photo/Richard Pope) By Scott Barkley SALISBURY, Md. (BP) – The importance of time carries a particular weight for Richard Pope, pastor of Canvas Church. It’s not something to be taken lightly, […]
Teens enjoy activities at a Georgia Baptist camp in this file photo. Along with the fun, students also make major spiritual decisions at the camps. By ROGER ALFORDThe Christian Index SNELLVILLE, Ga. – Teenagers exploring a call to ministry can get the guidance they need to make sense of what can be a confusing time […]
By Chuck Johnson WILLIAMSON, Ga. – Stephen Dervan, pastor at Oak Hill Baptist in Williamson, led a mission team to New York City to help establish a partnership with Georgia Baptist Mission Board churches in the state’s west central region. The Georgians were exploring potential ways they could work with the Metro New York Baptist […]
Georgia church transformed as it reaches out to one of the most culturally diverse cities in the nation
Mark Hearn, pastor at First Baptist Church in Duluth, Ga., poses with his new book from B&H Publishing. By Roger Alford DULUTH – As soon as Pastor Mark Hearn stepped out of his car after moving to Duluth, he was struck by how ethnically diverse the city is. Among his closest neighbors were families from […]
Heritage Baptist Church in Calhoun, Ga., started a cross-making ministry that has allowed church members to share the gospel with the surrounding community. About 168 people were baptized by the church during 2020. COURTESY/Shane Parrott CALHOUN – As the Research Consultant for the mission board, I see all of the statistics from our Georgia Baptist […]
Pastor Chris Pritchett is in his seventh year as a volunteer firefighter. He now serves as a first responder in a number of capacities: as pastor, firefighter, and chaplain. COURTESY/Chris Pritchett Pastors are often first responders in times of crisis. They are there during personal tragedies and community heartache. Pastor Chris Pritchett has allowed his […]
The church has not been exempted from the impact of the global pandemic and the massive shutdown. Businesses, schools, governmental operations, and travel have all been adversely affected. Many churches have regathered for onsite worship, while many more are only offering online services. The full consequence of these necessary measures on ministries will not be […]
With COVID-19 knocking typical ministry for a loop, churches are exploring how to best meet the needs of their community. Hebron is finding those answers.
Pastor’s gathering. SCOTT BARKLEY/Index When I think about pastoring a church the question the Apostle Paul asked comes to mind, “Who is sufficient for these things?” (2 Corinthians 3:5). A lot of my friends are pastors, and most of my work is around pastors and churches. There are things that I know now that I […]
Most of us change places of ministry during our career. I realize, of course, that making changes now during COVID may seem unwise, but below are 13 mistakes I’ve seen leaders make in this process of “courting” a new ministry. Seeking God only when looking for a new position. If you spend time with God only […]
The webinar, hosted by Scott Smith, and Lorna Bius, addressed the growing food crisis in Georgia during the COVID-19 pandemic.