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A theology of unity Print E-mail
Faith & Culture
By Vicki Brown, Word&Way Associate Editor   
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
John 17:11-23 records Jesus’ fervent prayer that his followers would be united as the Savior and the Father are. Through the disciples’ unity as they were sent out, the world would know God. Jesus still sends out his followers. Could that mission to reach the world help unite them? Yes and no, according to two theologians.
 
Bivos offer advice to those contemplating the ministry Print E-mail
Faith & Culture
By Vicki Brown, Word&Way Associate Editor   
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Five Midwestern pastors find bivocational ministry both rewarding and a bit frustrating. Asked what they would share with a roomful of seminarians, they offered advice from their church and secular experiences.
 
Bivos seek flexibility, understanding with family, ministry, employers Print E-mail
Faith & Culture
By Vicki Brown, Word&Way Associate Editor   
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Bivocational ministers live in two worlds — in part to support themselves and their families economically but also, at least for some, as a way to translate the world to the church and the church to the world.
 
Balancing Act: Economics, other factors push bivocational trend Print E-mail
Faith & Culture
By Vicki Brown, Word&Way Associate Editor   
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Economic and other factors are driving a bivocational ministry trend. But bivos still juggle two jobs and family obligations.
 
African church in Columbia puts aside tribal differences Print E-mail
Faith & Culture
By Vicki Brown, Word&Way Associate Editor   
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Africa is a large continent, with a variety of terrain — from desert to lush jungle to towering mountains — and a diversity of people and languages — from French to English to tribal tongues. As African Christians immigrate to other parts of the world, they look for the familiar, a taste of home and an opportunity to praise God in their heart language. Many have found that -- in spite of tribal differences -- with the African congregation at First Baptist Church in Columbia, Mo.
 
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Mission efforts can help bring believers together to make a difference. Word&Way highlights three national ministries: Together for Hope, a Cooperative Baptist Fellowship effort to minister in the 20 poorest U.S. counties; Woman's Missionary Union, through MissionsFEST, FamilyFEST and Christian Women's and Men's Job Corps; and refugee ministry that American Baptist Churches USA  are involved in through Church World Service. This video from CWS Greensboro explains some of the many facets of their Immigration and Refugee Program.
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