To merely communicate a gospel or a congregation that focuses on being palatable is likely to set the standard too low. Outsiders can easily spot a congregation that is either church-light or Christian-light. Entertainment alone has a way of being spiritually unsatisfying. The exercise of
Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church’s massive building is a landmark in an economically depressed Kansas City, Mo., neighborhood. But it also is a beacon to many who live in
First Baptist Church of Stilwell, Kan., has gained positive notoriety with its community garden, which butts up against one of the busiest streets in the area. Senior Pastor
Urging churches to provide adequate financial care for their pastors, other ministers and staff members during less-than-stellar financial times might seem a stretch. After all, gifts to many churches are down even as members struggle with unemployment and, in other cases, less
What is happening to Christianity in the United Kingdom is heading to the United States, one British theologian believes. And U.S. Christians can benefit from the lessons the English have learned as they continue to struggle with changes in a post-Christian world.
Humankind has struggled with the matter of mental disorders — or mental illness — as long as people can remember. In Jesus' day -- and today -- people feared what they didn't understand. What can churches do to reach out?
Members of University Heights Church in Springfield, Mo., have opened their doors to a refugee congregation from Burma (Myanmar) — Chin Community Church. Since April 27, the group worships each Sunday afternoon in the University Heights chapel. On May 4, UHBC members welcomed the
Pastor, professor and author David Fitch challenged American Baptist pastors to be “with” the people they serve inside and outside the church. Fitch was the featured speaker at the 2014 Prairie Pastors Conference in Bellevue, Neb., April 28-30. Four ABC-USA regions from Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota,
The summer break can lead to “summer church.” Vacations and other activities don’t have to mean lower expectations for attendance and involvement.
Africa is a large continent, with a variety of terrain — from desert to lush jungle to towering mountains — and a diversity of people and languages — from French