Thanks to medical advancements — along with some other factors — people are living longer.
For those 85 and older, the expected number will more than triple. Because of this increased lifespan, churches will likely find a growing number of senior adults in their communities.
How many people in your congregation would you classify as tithers? The answer likely depends upon the interpretation of the biblical admonition to tithe that church leaders and members agree to accept.
John Howell, an original faculty member of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas, Mo., was remembered fondly following his death at 92 on Sept. 6 after a short illness.
John, of Village of Oaks, Mo., taught Christian ethics, served as faculty dean and vice president of academic affairs at the seminary during his tenure from 1960 until his retirement in 1999. Then he was named dean emeritus.
In case you haven’t noticed, we’re coming down the final stretch of an election year.
Participate in the process and affirm you are exercising the right — if not the privilege — to cast a ballot that will help determine who will have the privilege to lead, from the president on down, when the ballot-box dust clears.
By Jerry Cain, Special to Word & Way|
October 12, 2016
American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region (Missouri and Illinois) upended the traditional tithe of 10 percent by giving 90 percent of a recent bequest to the denomination’s International Ministries for overseas missionary work.
I don’t know what you were doing the week of Aug. 15, but I had a ringside seat, watching a bit of local history right before my eyes. The Medicaid 23 trial took place just a block from my church office, at the courthouse in downtown Jefferson City, Mo.
John was well known for all the right reasons. His sons Michael and Mark gave testimony that he did not dishonor the family name. But he handled himself in all that he did to honor his middle name, too — Christian. John developed the nature of Christ; he cared about people and it showed. Multi-talented, he was gifted at teaching and training, writing and counseling.
Churchnet directors elected Brian Ford as the organization’s executive director-elect and named longtime staff member Brian Kaylor as associate director on Sept. 10 during their annual retreat at Windermere Baptist Conference Center, according to a news release.
By Bill Webb, Word & Way Editor|
September 21, 2016
The Missouri Baptist Foundation lost its final appeal Sept. 20 in the legal action filed against it by the Missouri Baptist Convention 14 years ago. As a result, current trustees will be required to surrender governance to MBC-elected trustees.
By Vicki Brown, Special to Word & Way|
September 20, 2016
As a young man, Robert L. “Bob” Perry wanted to be an architect, but he believed his Ozark upbringing made that dream impossible. Instead, his Ozark qualities have made him an architect of leadership foundations for church leaders and a promoter of following dreams.
By Brian Kaylor, Special to Word & Way|
September 8, 2016
As a large group of Americans, the so-called “Baby Boomers,” have impacted U.S. society, culture, politics and religion for decades. With the oldest members of that famed generation now turning 70, the Baby Boom generation is poised to leave another mark as they redefine what senior adults look for in life and from churches.
Reflecting on the recent annual gathering of the Baptist World Alliance in Vancouver, British Columbia, I was struck by two things: The deep hunger in my own life for corporate worship and the centrality of worship in our common life.
By Nan Olmsted, Special to Word & Way|
September 7, 2016
As the director and founder of Safe to Sleep, Romona Baker (left), a former public school teacher and member of University Heights Baptist Church in Springfield, sometimes describes her directorial position like a roller-coaster ride, but there is no doubt that she is God’s person for the demanding ups and downs.
A Feeding America study found one in seven Americans – 46 million people – rely on food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families. As schools let out for the summer, the loss of free and reduced lunches puts added strain on many families.
Is there anyone in your own church running for public office this year?