Southern Baptists are set to plant as many as 100 churches in Cleveland over the next five years, according to a new initiative by the North American Mission Board (NAMB).
About half of Cleveland residents do not affiliate themselves with a church, NAMB reported, calculating that one Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) church exists for every 42,500 Cleveland residents.
Church members from around the country are being called into action to help plant churches in the northeastern Ohio city. According to NAMB, the SBC network is critical to initiating and supporting nascent churches in Cleveland. more >>
Kenneth Starr, president of the world’s largest Baptist educational institution, Baylor University, is urging voters to choose candidates based on who has the qualifications to be president, rather than on which, if any, faith group they belong to.
Starr addressed the upcoming New Hampshire primary and the question prospective voters may be asking themselves regarding a candidate’s religion, mainly if they can vote for someone who is of the Mormon faith, such as former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
Some, like State Rep. Judy Manning (R-Marietta), who have endorsed former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich for the Republican nomination, have suggested that Romney’s faith would be a problem for voters. more >>
The Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention impacts everything from the number of missionaries the convention sends out to the types of programs its seminaries can offer. But in a struggling economy it can sometimes be difficult to drum up donations when many people are struggling themselves.
Donations to the Cooperative Program are down 7.1 percent for the first quarter of the fiscal year, according to numbers released on SBC's website this week.
“Our entities depend on CP contributions as one part of their revenue streams. When CP contributions lag, each entity manages its cash flow in different ways,” Roger “Sing” Oldham, vice president for convention relations, explained in an email to The Christian Post on Friday. more >>
Pat Robertson, host of “The 700 Club,” apparently knows who the next president will be. He said on his Christian television program that after much prayer God has revealed the candidate who will lead America in 2012.
“I spent the better part of the week praying and saying, ‘God show me something,’” Robertson shared on CBN’s “New Year’s Prayer 2012” Tuesday. “I think He showed me the next president, but I’m not supposed to talk about that so I’ll leave you in the dark.”
“I’m going to read just as I wrote down, as if I’m hearing from the Lord these words,” he continued. The founder and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network shared that the “country was disintegrating, and to expect chaos and paralysis.” more >>
Southern Baptists are planning to plant between 50 and 100 churches in the New York City area over the next five years as part of a larger movement to accommodate the ethnically diverse city and its ever-shifting population.
According to the North American Mission Board, a church planting initiative by the Southern Baptist Convention, 45 churches have been established in New York City over the last decade.
The group cites the ratio of one Southern Baptist congregation for every 6,828 people in North America as the motivation for the initiative. more >>
Men engaged in fantasy football leagues may be a rather benign activity, but when it comes to males creating imaginary sexual relationships, the results can be devastating, said the founder and president of Every Man Ministries.
Author and pastor Kenny Luck, who has written more than 20 books about issues that men need to deal with while using biblical principles, told The Christian Post that the severity of the fantasy problem for men is on the same scale as the epidemic of immaturity seen among men today.
The seemingly growing acceptance of men that refuse to mature past adolescent behavior has been well chronicled in the media during the last few years and amplified by a “cultural uncertainty about the social role of men.” more >>