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Spur one another on in Sunday School

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Spur one another on in Sunday School

I jumped back to the sidewalk, startled by the car’s horn that warned I was dangerously close to being hit on a busy street in downtown Winston-Salem. I had become deeply engaged in a phone conversation and was oblivious to life happening around me. How many times have you found…

What millennials want from Sunday School

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What millennials want from Sunday School

“I just don’t fit in. I love the authentic worship and biblical preaching here, but there is nowhere to belong.” These were the words of a millennial who attended my church. Have you ever heard something similar?

The missing ingredient of Sunday School

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The missing ingredient of Sunday School

N.C. churches are blessed to have great Bible study teachers and care leaders who minister to class members and their families. But oftentimes, we lack salt when it comes to sharing with our neighbors outside the church doors. So what can we do?

Sunday School and Small Group training for busy lives

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Sunday School and Small Group training for busy lives

Do you ever say, “I would really like to attend that training but my life is busy? I just can’t find the time!” Good news! The Sunday School and Small Groups team has designed a convenient, self-guided learning platform to assist leaders not only to be trained but also to…

Why Baptism Sunday?

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Why Baptism Sunday?

For several years now, I have been greatly burdened by the declining number of baptisms across the Southern Baptist Convention. I believe the baptism numbers serve as one of the best indicators of evangelism in our churches. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost, and that means that…

Every Sunday, tell them how cooperation fuels our mission

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Every Sunday, tell them how cooperation fuels our mission

The Cooperative Program provides the fuel for reaching every person with the gospel of Jesus Christ in every town, every city, every state and every nation. The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina has developed a resource for you and your church to raise awareness of all the ways churches…

5 ways to pray for this weekend’s Baptism Sunday

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5 ways to pray for this weekend’s Baptism Sunday

This Sunday, April 24, N.C. Baptists are invited to join churches across the country in celebrating professions of faith and encouraging believers to take a step of obedience by getting baptized. Baptism Sunday is a day for churches to celebrate baptisms as a response to evangelism.

Baptism Sunday requires volunteer training, preparation, pastor says

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Baptism Sunday requires volunteer training, preparation, pastor says

As part of Baptism Sunday alongside other Southern Baptists, Mercy Church has several names slated of those to enter the baptistry Sept. 12. But it’s those unplanned baptisms, said Pastor Spence Shelton, that require an extra level of training for volunteers. Of course, anyone who wants to be baptized that…

The local school: A great place for church ministry

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The local school: A great place for church ministry

I believe as pastors and ministry leaders, we often struggle with identifying where to start a new ministry initiative. We are well aware that to lead a church in revitalization or church health we must connect the people and ministries of the church to the community where we live. This…

How churches can serve students, families amid school uncertainty

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How churches can serve students, families amid school uncertainty

Many parents are facing difficult decisions in this time of COVID-19 about how best to school their children this fall. Schools may or may not reopen or may be available for in-person attendance on a limited basis. Households with working parents will be challenged to provide virtual classrooms at home…

How to bring new life to old churches

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How to bring new life to old churches

Our church, South Main Baptist, has been around for a long time. Since 1911, this fellowship of believers has been an anchor on the south side of the beautiful county-seat town Greenwood, South Carolina. Recently, our church has experienced explosive growth and a renewed vitality, and I believe our unique…

5 things to look for in a Bible for children

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5 things to look for in a Bible for children

LifeWay Research questioned 2000 parents of adult children who did not walk away from their faith after leaving college. The principal determiner of strong spiritual health in the young adults was consistent Bible reading as a child and teenager.

5 things to look for in a Bible for children

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5 things to look for in a Bible for children

LifeWay Research questioned 2000 parents of adult children who did not walk away from their faith after leaving college. The principal determiner of strong spiritual health in the young adults was consistent Bible reading as a child and teenager.

Planning for college

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Planning for college

How do we stop losing young adults in church? It seems part of the answer lies in our focus during high school, as well as the transition from high school to college. In a survey released by Lifeway Research, new data shows that the number one reason for not attending…

Top 5 resources for July

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Top 5 resources for July

This month’s resources feature a brand new training curriculum to equip churches to respond well when sexual, physical or emotional abuse is reported, in addition to a resource that helps churches and ministry leaders protect children. Also included is a simple guide for anyone who wants to study the Bible…

Being the church after a disaster

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Being the church after a disaster

The year 2018 will be remembered by many N.C. Baptists as a year of disaster, and many churches are still without a place to meet. This circumstance provides a unique opportunity to reflect upon the difference between going to church and being the church.

Why your church should make special needs ministry a priority

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Why your church should make special needs ministry a priority

In the shadow of our own church steeples are families aching to go to church. There are husbands and wives who have never sat together as a couple in a single service. There are children with special needs who want to come to church, maybe your church. Creating a plan…

Top 5 resources for August 2018

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Top 5 resources for August 2018

Every month, we spotlight five helpful resources for you as you seek to walk closely with the Lord and make disciples. Many of these resources are created by the staff of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSCNC) to help meet the ministry needs of pastors and lay leaders…

Why prayer should be a priority

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Why prayer should be a priority

How many times have you heard or maybe even said, “There is nothing else to do but pray”? In reality, shouldn’t it be the first thing we do? A couple of days ago, I was putting some new books on my shelf. I turned my back for a second, and…

5 ways to facilitate cultural immersion experiences with your church

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5 ways to facilitate cultural immersion experiences with your church

Have you ever spent time looking for something only to discover it was right in front of you? I apparently suffer from this malady when it comes from finding things in the refrigerator. Just ask my wife — she’ll tell you the very thing I’m searching for is usually right…

Where do singles fit into the church family?

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Where do singles fit into the church family?

Is there a black sheep in the church family? The ideal family consists of a mom, dad and 2.5 children. However, political and social movements have led to cultural shifts that challenge the very definition of family.

Self-care for group leaders in the new normal

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Self-care for group leaders in the new normal

Just a few weeks ago, we went to work or school, came home, ate dinner and went to bed in a very ordinary way. And as a Sunday School or small group leader, we sought to grow our group deeper in Bible study, create a loving community and be on…

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