JEFFERSON CITY (RNS) -- Believers in Missouri aren't the only ones pushing for short-term-credit reform. People of faith across the country are trying to rein in loan practices they believe take advantage of borrowers often least able to pay.
The historically black St. Paul Missionary Baptist in Louisville, Ky., and the predominately white Shively Heights Baptist merged to create a blended congregation in August 2009. It's worked amazingly well, but it's hard work, participants say..
Before Christians can bridge racial barriers to work together, they first must get to know each other in worship and fellowship, panelists and speakers told an interracial gathering at the predominantly African-American Zion Hill First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches.
Whether church members cross generational lines depends upon the “common” factors on which their specific Christian community is based. Many faith groups that begin as an age-targeted community often attract older and/or younger members because of their underlying value, mission or message.