Give thanks for BTSR
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Give thanks for BTSR

By Paul Baxley  As the final graduation approaches at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond this weekend, my mind has been on that night 16 years ago when I completed my Doctor of Ministry program and became an alumnus of that incredible school. I still remember attending both the graduation banquet on Friday night in Lingle Hall on the Brook Road campus … Continue reading

Being intentional about summer at your church
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Being intentional about summer at your church

By Laura Stephens-Reed In many congregations, summer is a time of reduced programming (with the likely exception of ministries geared toward children and youth) and hit-or-miss attendance. This means it takes extra care to foster spiritual formation and relationships among church members. Here are some ideas for growing community and deepening discipleship even as people … Continue reading

CBF initiative welcomes diverse class of new church starters
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CBF initiative welcomes diverse class of new church starters

 By Blake Tommey   “I’m so excited about the diversity of church starts that we have in Cooperative Baptist Fellowship life,” Kyle Tubbs, CBF’s New Church Starts Manager, says. “We have churches led by both women and men, black, Latino and white leaders, older and younger, immigrants and native-born Americans, pastors who are beginning their second career and pastors … Continue reading