Central Florida Baptist church makes sure its legacy will live on

 
In a typical year, approximately 1,000 Southern Baptist churches close their doors forever, according to the North American Mission Board in its 2016 Ministry Report. Unfortunately, Florida is not immune to this trend. Jeffery Singletary, Central Florida regional catalyst with the Florida Baptist Convention, says that churches don’t suddenly decide to close their doors. But it is rather a process that takes many years. “It’s a process of watching a vision die,” he told me during ...

Creating healthy churches in transitioning neighborhoods

 
Pastor Gary Smith was shocked by what he saw at the opening of a new middle school. In 1991, when he had been called as pastor of Fielder Church in Arlington, Texas, the city was predominantly white. His congregation was made up of middle-class folks who drove into Dallas to work. At school, the cheerleaders were all white. Now, just a dozen years later, Smith was looking at a cheer squad of 24 girls—all but one black. Arlington had changed ...

Florida churches make Outreach/LifeWay top 100

 
Twenty Southern Baptist congregations are among the 2016 top 100 fastest-growing and largest-participating churches in the United States, with NewSpring Church in Anderson, S.C., ranking highest in both categories among Southern Baptists. In the lists compiled annually in collaboration between Outreach Magazine and LifeWay Christian Resources, NewSpring Church ranks third on the largest-participating churches list and eighth among the fastest-growing churches named in Outreach's October issue. NewSpring, under the leadership of interim senior pastor Clayton King, reported an average attendance of 33,761 ...

New issue of Facts & Trends focuses on power of small churches

 
The power of small churches is the focus of the latest edition of Facts & Trends, a publication of LifeWay Christian Resources for pastors and other church leaders. "With the majority of churches in America having weekly attendance below 100, we believe this issue will hit home with and inspire many of our readers," said Carol Pipes, the magazine's editor. The magazine includes the unique opportunities and challenges small churches face on a daily basis as well as examples of how ...