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Circle of life: Changing the denominational approach

Circle of life: Changing the denominational approach

Religious bodies, including denominations, are changing. But where are they headed?

Churches discover common ingredients to help hungry, hurting people

Churches discover common ingredients to help hungry, hurting people

Meeting the needs of the hungry in American communities requires churches to network with other churches, various community agencies and volunteers.

Tapping baby boomer retirees requires churches to rethink ministry options

Tapping baby boomer retirees requires churches to rethink ministry options

Churches that want to tap baby boomer retirees' resources may need to rethink the ministries they ask mature adults to take on.

 
ABC Nebraska pastors learn conflict management tools
By Vicki Brown, Word&Way Associate Editor   
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
American Baptist clergy in Nebraska learned that some approaches to negotiation in business also might work in ministry. Longtime psychologist and business consultant Karl Slaikeu shared his Preferred Path concepts with about 30 clergy in a three-day retreat Oct. 6-8.
 
ABC president: You are God's people
By Bill Webb, Word&Way Editor   
Thursday, October 09, 2014
American Baptist Churches USA President Don Ng recalled his own experiences as a Chinese-American in reminding Great Rivers Region delegates they are God’s people.
 
Sisters describe God's faithfulness in wake of husbands' deaths
By Bill Webb, Word&Way Editor   
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Sisters Heather Gilion and Holly Snell describe the loss of their husbands — James Brill and Scott Nesbitt — on Aug. 1, 2000, like it had just happened. The two women recounted their story at the Missouri Baptist Foundation Annual Conference Sept. 16 at the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Mo., and they described God’s care and faithfulness in their lives for the 14 years since.
 
Avoid just making church palatable
By Bill Webb, Word&Way Editor   
Thursday, October 09, 2014
To merely communicate a gospel or a congregation that focuses on being palatable is likely to set the standard too low. Outsiders can easily spot a congregation that is either church-light or Christian-light. Entertainment alone has a way of being spiritually unsatisfying. The exercise of faith is meaningful, and it should never be cast otherwise, even to attract outsiders.
 
Missionary couple to Haiti underscore multicultural complexion of missions
By Vicki Brown, Word & Way Associate Editor   
Thursday, September 25, 2014
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. — Nzunga and Kihomi Mabudiga, missionaries to Haiti, showed American Baptists in Nebraska the multicultural complexion of 21st century missions.
 

October is Pastor Appreciation Month and Appreciation Day on October 12. Many children aren't sure what a pastor does. Perhaps it is a good time for children -- of all ages -- to spend more time getting to know and appreciate your pastor. (Video by Park West Church in Knoxville, Tenn.)

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