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  • Atypical hours & location attract recovery attendees

    by Todd Deaton/Western Recorder, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (12 days ago)

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    ERLANGER, Ky. (BP) -- New Reality -- Southern Baptists' newest church plant in northern Kentucky -- meets on Friday nights, not Sundays.

    Even more atypical, New Reality is part of a Life Recovery Center in Erlanger providing Christ-centered answers to those struggling with addictions.

    The church plant has grown quickly -- from 20 people in May to about 95 in late October and was anticipating its first three baptisms in late November.

    Chris Hamilton, who leads New Reality, is a recovering alcoholic himself who has been sober for 10 years. After coming to Christ, he felt called to preach "the recovery gospel." Read More

  • New England conv. sees church planting as the future

    by Kimber Huff, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (one month ago)

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    HAVERHILL, Mass. (BP) -- "Church planting is the natural consequence of intimacy with God," Tanner Turley, a church planter based in greater Boston, noted during a testimony at the Baptist Convention of New England's 36th annual meeting.

    The Nov. 2-3 sessions were held at First Baptist Church in Haverhill, Mass., which was founded before the Revolutionary War. Two hundred twenty-one messengers and 103 guests were in attendance for fellowship, worship, extended prayer, business and celebrating what God doing is by "Embracing the Future Through Church Planting." Read More

  • In NYC, trustees deepen their church planting vision

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Wednesday, October 10, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    NEW YORK CITY (BP) -- As the No. 7 New York City subway line rises from underground in Queens, N.Y., passengers then find themselves riding above one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the world.

    In the school system alone, 176 languages are spoken among an estimated 800 languages spoken in Queens.

    A group of NAMB trustees and staff exited the subway to meet church planting missionaries Adam Bishop, Silvanus Bhandari and Joseph Biswas on the aptly-named Diversity Plaza in ... Read More

  • NAMB highlights core ministries & racial relations

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (6 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- "We are here for you," Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, said in opening his presentation to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention. "We are grateful for you. We are eager to partner with you to push back lostness in North America."

    NAMB celebrated the work of missionaries and shared new mission opportunities at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas on Tuesday afternoon (June 12). Ezell provided updates about collegiate church planting and a new resource NAMB has created to help churches foster racial reconciliation in their communities, then closed by speaking about military chaplaincy. Read More

  • Class of 2017 church plants proclaim Jesus, change lives

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, April 13, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- One October morning in 2017, a young lady visited a brand new church in Montréal. She didn't have a positive view of Christianity, but something struck a chord with her that morning.

    "She came up to me after the service and told me she didn't understand what she was feeling," said Jackson Ntumba, pastor of La Chapelle Ahuntsic, a church plant that launched in September 2017. "She didn't know Jesus, but she wanted to know more about Him."

    She spent time after La Chapelle's Sunday services in the church's one-on-one ministry which is designed to facilitate conversations about Christianity. She gave her life to Christ and was baptized the following month. Read More

  • Flood waters, pastor's vision lead to new church

    by Don Cockes, posted Thursday, April 12, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    COVINGTON, Va. (BP) -- There is a new church in Alleghany County, Va. -- and it happened because of a flood, a legacy and a pastor's vision.

    In June 2016, Fincastle Baptist Church, located in Fincastle, Va., just outside of Roanoke, reached out to the town of Covington after a flood that affected the area. Fincastle responded with volunteers, known as the Go Team, and developed a plan to provide furniture and appliances to flood victims. In partnership with SBC of Virginia Disaster Relief and with the help of SBCV's Vision Virginia funds, Fincastle was able to help nearly 500 families. Read More

  • Korean couple honored for Nepalese & Bhutanese plants

    by Shannon Baker/Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware , posted Friday, March 23, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    BALTIMORE (BP) -- Korean pastor Samuel Cho and his wife Young -- known for starting the first Nepalese and Bhutanese Baptist churches in the United States -- were honored in a retirement celebration March 18 at the Baltimore-area White Marsh Baptist Church.

    The service was conducted in four languages -- Korean, Nepalese, Bhutanese and English -- and featured testimonies and greetings from various groups who have supported the couple's efforts in Baltimore during the past decade.

    At the conclusion of the service, Cho symbolically transferred his leadership as pastor to Manoj Shrestha of the Nepal Baptist Church of Baltimore and Razu Budhathoki of the Bhutan Baptist Church of Baltimore through the joint cutting of the celebratory cake. Read More

  • A win-win: church plants & sponsoring churches

    by Tobin Perry , posted Wednesday, March 14, 2018 (9 months ago)

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    CLEBURNE, Texas (BP) -- At 30,000 people, Cleburne is not a big city -- nor a small town -- on the fringes of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.

    It's a community full of young families with a large contingency of older citizens who have called it home for decades. But when church planter John Turner looks at Cleburne, he sees a city desperate for more Gospel-preaching local churches.

    Turner, who is planting The Hill Church, said people were "either traveling out of town to find a church that meets the needs of the family or people who were in town but hadn't found a church that was for them." Read More

  • Persecuted in Pakistan, now pastoring in Vancouver

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, January 26, 2018 (11 months ago)

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    VANCOUVER (BP) -- Pastor Gavaha* received the alarming news while he was visiting South Korea for a leadership conference. A group of men, claiming to have come to deliver a magazine at his family's home in Pakistan, had forced their way past an armed security guard and taken Gavaha's wife and four children hostage.

    A few weeks earlier, Gavaha had led Christian mission teams into areas in Pakistan that had been severely impacted by floods in 2010 and 2011. He and his team brought both flood relief and the Gospel message of Jesus. Read More

  • Disaster relief, record AAEO top NAMB stories in 2017

    by NAMB Staff, posted Friday, December 22, 2017 (one year ago)

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    ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- In one of the most turbulent weather years in U.S. history, Southern Baptists stretched their disaster relief capabilities in bringing relief to those affected by massive storms.

    The North American Mission Board (NAMB) coordinated multi-state responses to three major hurricanes. Southern Baptist volunteers prepared more than 3 million meals, served over 90,000 days and witnessed more than 700 people profess faith in Christ in ministering to hurricane survivors. Read More