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SBC 2019: A Layperson’s Recap

By Adrian Stephens Heading to Birmingham, Alabama, for my first Southern Baptist Convention, I felt fear and anxiety because of the city’s racial and ethnic division and the historical events that occurred in the town. I didn’t know what to expect, but I honestly didn’t believe I would leave encouraged. On Monday, I was relieved […]

SBC 2019 – Another Pastor’s Recap

By Matt Diaz After planting a church “in friendly cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention” over a year ago, I had the opportunity to attend this year’s Southern Baptist Convention in Birmingham, Alabama. While last week’s gathering marked the 162ndtime the SBC’s annual meeting has taken place, this was my first, both as an attendee […]

SBC 2019: A Pastor’s Recap

By Dave Russell Last week I had the privilege of attending our SBC Annual Meeting in Birmingham. This was my fourth convention and I left my time there encouraged and thankful to be a part of the SBC. In reflecting on my time at our Annual Meeting, I offer four areas of strength and one […]

SBC 2019—A Can’t Miss Family Reunion

SBC 2019—A Can’t Miss Family Reunion by Lyla Curtis In my years as a pastor’s wife, I have attended countless conventions. Mostly, because I get to go with my husband to cool places where we can meet with friends in ministry from other parts of the country, walk through the exhibit areas and be reminded […]

Replant: Covenant Hope’s Story

In the fall of 2017, Good Hope Baptist Church in Youngsville, NC needed a change. Despite a 200-year legacy of preaching, evangelism, and service, Good Hope was on a trajectory of joining the 1,000 SBC churches that close their doors every year. With hope for the future of their church, Good Hope started conversations with the […]

Jamie Dew – A Great Choice for NOBTS

Dr. James K. Dew Jr. has been nominated to become the ninth president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS). For those who do not know Dr. Dew (Jamie) let me give a quick introduction to my friend, colleague, and fellow pastor. Let me also tell you why NOBTS has made an excellent choice for […]

Harnessing the Power of Experience

Harnessing the Power of Experience by Lyla Curtis “Life is a classroom. Only those who are willing to be lifelong learners will move to the head of the class.” Zig Ziglar’s words continue to ring true. No matter what your age, gender, or learning style, we can all agree that learning and growing is an […]

The Pastor and Depression

The Pastor and Depression by Chris Dilley  Admitting There is a Problem  The role of the Christian pastor is a serious one. The Bible shows us just how serious in passages like Hebrews 13:17: “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give […]

Taking Training to the Next Level

Taking Training to the Next Level with Ministry Grid by Stuart Owens One of the biggest challenges we face as a church is how to train our people. We believe strongly that our role as pastors is to “equip the saints for the work of the ministry,” but we’ve found it increasingly difficult to get […]

Seven Arrows Bible: A How-To Study Bible

Ten years ago, I sat in an IHOP parking lot drawing on a napkin. A young man named Tim recently came to faith in Jesus and I was meeting with him to read the Bible together. Tim was hungry to learn more about God’s Word—as you might expect for a new believer. He was reading […]

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