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First Baptist Church of Decatur, Georgia, was asked to leave the Atlanta Metro Baptist Association for ordaining a deacon who is gay. The association’s action diminishes, even dismisses, the depth, breadth and power of Jesus’ love. […] Read More

Nearly half of mainline Protestant pastors agree ‘nothing [is] wrong with two people of the same gender getting married,’ a Lifeway report found. Meanwhile, evangelical pastors’ support remains unchanged at 8%. […] Read More

When your church searches for your next pastor, are you making a hire or extending a call? There are distinct differences. Vocational ministry is a unique calling. These 5 traits will help you establish a healthy call process. […] Read More

Love of a white nationalistic agenda is neither truly American nor Christian. Certain pious politicians and politicized preachers act in the same self-serving ways their predecessors enabled and excused gender and racial inequality. […] Read More

Churches are gifted with multiple generations, all at different paths on the journey, with so much to give each other. Yet, we often don’t know each other’s names. We must stop neglecting the next generation within our walls. […] Read More

Nearly two-thirds of Protestant churches in the U.S. now have active shooter plans, a LifeWay report found, and nearly half of pastors said their churches have armed members. […] Read More

Goodwill Baptists value diversity, but many are still closing the doors of leadership on women and minorities. Even Baptist churches claiming openness to women in ministry are not necessarily including them in all leadership levels. […] Read More

Pastoral ministry and leadership must evolve and adapt if their churches are going to be life-giving spiritual communities in the present or future. Pastors can choose one of two doors. Some choose the exit, others the entrance. […] Read More

Nearly nine out of 10 churchgoers said they were very or somewhat satisfied with sermons they hear in their places of worship, a Pew report said. Protestants were more likely than Catholics to express satisfaction. […] Read More

How can your church foster a more welcoming environment toward disabled people? Friendship has the potential to enable greater participatory inclusion of disabled people within Baptist church communities. […] Read More