Columns on Baptist Life

Yes, Even Baptists Have a Liturgical Calendar | Larry Coleman, Liturgy, Church Year, Lent, Advent, Easter
Yes, Even Baptists Have a Liturgical Calendar
By: Larry Coleman
Baptists have their own informal liturgical calendar. The more you embed your life in the Christian calendar, the more meaningful the gospel will become. It's an invitation to experience all of Christ repeatedly. Read More ...
Larry Coleman

Where Are All These Liberian Baptists Going? | Richard Wilson, Liberia, Baptists, Ricks Institute, Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention
Where Are All These Liberian Baptists Going?
By: Richard Wilson
Nearly 2,000 people have been traveling through Liberia in March, but they aren't migrants or refugees fleeing conflict. This movement of people is a pilgrimage of memory and hope. Read More ...
Richard Wilson

Church Trends: What's Trending in Local Churches? | Zach Dawes, Church Trends, Technology, Social Media, Worship, Social Justice, Missions, Bivocational Ministry
Church Trends: What's Trending in Local Churches?
By: Zach Dawes
Four Baptist leaders shared their insights about the trends they saw in church life. Their top trends center on technology, staffing changes brought on by economic factors, and an altered focus on missions. Read More ...
Zach Dawes

Church Trends: Hispanic Baptists | Javier Elizondo, Hispanic Baptists, Church Trends
Church Trends: Hispanic Baptists
By: Javier Elizondo
How are churches reaching minority populations, such as Hispanics? It's one thing to say you welcome Hispanics in your church; it's another thing to show it by hiring a Hispanic in your ministry team. Read More ...
Javier Elizondo

George Liele: Father of Baptist Missions | Noel Erskine, George Liele, Baptists, Missions
George Liele: Father of Baptist Missions
By: Noel Erskine
Before Adoniram Judson sailed for Burma and William Carey left for India, George Liele began his mission work in Jamaica. He was the first ordained black Baptist pastor in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Read More ...
Noel Erskine

American Baptists Encourage Churches to Visit Prisoners | Stan Moody, Prison Ministry, Prison Reform, ABHMS
American Baptists Encourage Churches to Visit Prisoners
By: Stan Moody
The American Baptist Churches Home Mission Societies has taken the bold step of encouraging its 5,300 congregations to live out Jesus' mandate to visit those in U.S. jails and prisons. Read More ...
Stan Moody

Helping Your Church Catch Lent Requires Slow Effort | Larry Coleman, Lent, Ash Wednesday, Liturgy
Helping Your Church Catch Lent Requires Slow Effort
By:  Larry Coleman
If it took the ancient church a century to birth Lenten practices, realize you aren't going to make it all happen in your church this March. Here are a few ways to slowly introduce Lenten liturgies. Read More ...
Larry Coleman

Women in Ministry: We're Here to Stay | Naomi King Walker, Women in Ministry, Baptists
Women in Ministry: We're Here to Stay
By: Naomi King Walker
Qualified and called women ministers permeate every area of Baptist life, yet many still enjoy far fewer opportunities than their male counterparts. The attitudes of churches are evolving. Has yours? Read More ...
Naomi King Walker

South Sudan Baptist Church Offers Hope Amid Conflict | David Gal, Sudan, New Site Baptist Church
South Sudan Baptist Church Offers Hope Amid Conflict
By: Dávid Gál
New Site is a ghost city in South Sudan since a full-scale conflict erupted in December. New Site Baptist Church is the place where God's children can meet in peace even amid a civil war.  Read More ...
Dávid Gál

How Syrian Crisis Transformed Lebanese Churches | Nabil Costa, Syria, Lebanon, Refugees, Syrian Crisis, Lebanese Baptist Society
How Syrian Crisis Transformed Lebanese Churches
By: Nabil Costa
The Lebanese Baptist Society is partnering with about 30 churches and community-based organizations to help vulnerable Syrian families both in Lebanon and Syria. Read More ...
Nabil Costa