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Issue Date: 2004-01-15
Volume: 183
Number: 2


Georgia Baptist churches preparing for 2005 "What Now?" evangelistic strategy

While a string of annual reports have shown an increasing number of baptisms, a rise in church membership, and growth in attendance in worship and Sunday School, those figures offer a false sense of security when viewed against a background of real population growth.
What is "What Now?"
"What Now?" is a catalyst to effectively launch Southern Baptists into our most productive years for the Kingdom under the Convention-approved vision of Empowering Kingdom Growth
Georgia youth find a new RUSH at the Evangelism Conference

Nearly 10,000 students from across the state spent two days at the annual Youth Evangelism Conference

Georgia Newsbriefs

Easley, Tyler named to Index Board
Ernest Easley, pastor of Roswell Street Church in Marietta, and Cliff Tyler, first vice president-investments and senior financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in Atlanta, are new members of the Board of Directors of The Christian Index.
Barkley joins Index as production editor
Jamie "Scott" Barkley of Cartersville joined The Index as production editor on Jan. 2.
Hazlehurst pastor tapped to lead NAMB's chaplaincy evangelism
A longtime Georgia pastor and former military chaplain has been named director of chaplaincy evangelism for the Alpharetta-based North American Mission Board.

Religious Newsbriefs

French bishops dismayed at religious symbols ban
PARIS (RNS) - French Roman Catholic bishops expressed dismay Nov. 10 over new efforts to ban the wearing of religious symbols, like crosses in public and some private schools in France.
Poll: Religion crucial to casting votes
(RNS) Nearly two-thirds of American voters say their religious beliefs will be an important factor when it comes time to cast their votes for president next year, according to a new Gallup Poll.

People and Places

Ministerial Moves


The Open Door

Recently I visited a posh office in an Atlanta high-rise office building with a couple of friends. As we rode the elevator back down to the street level, one of my friends said, "You know that you have arrived when your office is in a building so tall that your ears pop every time you ride up or down on the elevator."
Pickpocket Prognosticators or Principled Pastors

I never cease to be amazed at the psychics, the soothsayers, and the prognosticators who shamelessly publish their predictions each New Year
Seeds from the Sower

While vacationing in England, a woman from Scotland had trouble. Her car ran out of gas.
Lack of support system worries Mother