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 the saints in front of …

Lessons Learned in Church Planting

Our friends at the Pillar Network sat down with church planter Fabian Portunato, lead pastor of Revolution Church in Miami, Florida, to discuss one thing he knows now that he wishes he knew prior to launching. Watch his response below.

The Benefits of Multigenerational Churches

When my neighbors celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, our cul-de-sac was full with their guests’ cars who had come to celebrate with them. The generations of their family that came to visit represented the legacy of love that they are passing down through their covenant of marriage.              Several times a year, my church gets together for what we call our …

Sexual Abuse and the Future of the SBC

Nearly three weeks ago, news broke that a large-scale investigation had been undertaken by the Houston Chronicle outlining twenty years of more than seven hundred sexual abuse claims across Southern Baptist churches. This news has hit the SBC hard. It has revealed a weak and pathetic approach to handling cases of sexual abuse on the part of pastors and leaders in …

Free Tax Guide for Ministers

By Greg Love Having been a pastor myself and now serving churches at GuideStone®, I understand that ministers are unique in the financial world — especially when it comes to taxes. Think about it.  Between the special tax considerations for ministers, reporting requirements of both active and retired pastors and the implications of housing allowance, ministers differ greatly from those not formally in …

Baptist21 Has Launched a Podcast

If you have’t already, check out the new B21 Podcast! There have already been interviews with Russell Moore, Vance Pitman, J.D. Greear, William Branch AKA Ambassador, Dwayne Milioni, and Jon Akin. Subscribe on: B21 on iTunes B21 on Spotify B21 on Google Play 

Caring for Christians

From time to time, we hear wonderful compliments ascribed to the people around us. Sometimes the compliment is about the person’s appearance. Sometimes about his generosity or her gentle spirit. Perhaps above them all, my attention is captured when I hear a person described as a true shepherd. “He really knows how to care for other people.” “She is in …

A Bi-Vocational Opportunity for Church Planters & Pastors

A Bi-Vocational Opportunity for Church Planters & Pastors By Ted Richard Imagine working 2 days each month bi-vocationally, and getting full medical benefits for you and your family for under $300 per month. Now consider the fact that this job would also allow you the opportunity to teach the Bible, share the gospel, counsel, and serve others for the glory …

Leading Towards Greater Diversity

    While speaking at the 2018 Unite Conference, church planter Clint Darst, spoke on some of the important steps needed to help leads one’s church towards greater ethnic diversity. We at Baptist21 found this brief talk to be of value, and we hope you and your elder teams will as well. To learn more about Clint’s church & his …

Mergers – Breakout Session from Unite 2018

Four years into a stagnant church plant, the leaders of Cross Fellowship knew something had to be done… Providentially, God provided a solution at just the right time: a merger with a new, like-minded church plant team. A year later, the two congregations are fully united, meeting in a new, downtown facility, reaching the lost, and growing deeper spiritually. This is …