To Matt Dye, Atlanta was the last place he wanted to begin his church-planting ministry. A senior pastor for a rural Kentucky church, Dye wanted a "real challenge" where he felt he could make a difference for the Kingdom.
In 2012, 70 percent or 7.1 million of Georgia's 10 million residents were identified as being unchurched. With seven out of every 10 resients lost without Christ, Georgia Baptist's goal to reach each one with the Good News would seem impossible. But the impossible is made possible through churches cooperating together to reach their state for Christ.
As this special church planting edition was going to print, the Atlanta Business Chronicle announced a developer's proposal to build one of the tallest residential towers on the Midtown Mile along prestigious Peachtree Street.
In 2008 when Index Editor Gerald Harris wrote a story about churches struggling Inside the Perimeter, Scott Boulevard Baptist Church was among those profiled. A lot has happened in the intervening six years.
Tek Dharnal's greatest gift from God might be that he has never forgotten where he came from. His greatest gift to others is that he teaches that their newfound lifestyle, far removed from the suffering of war-torn Bhutan and Nepal, is a fleeting vapor without a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Today's church planters are a new breed. Not too long ago a mother church would fund a planter and, sometimes, provide an entire staff. The planter always wore a suit and freshly pressed shirt in a "dress for success" mode that fit in which society's view of clergy.
Georgia Baptists who are wanting to be involved in church planting at any level or to be involved in any ministry area of the North American Mission Board need look no further than one important portal Mobilize Me.
You wouldn't know by walking around Woodland Hills Baptist Church that it once graced the cover of the Baptist Sunday School Board's magazine for the "Million More in '54" campaign. The effort was designed to enlist an additional million people in Sunday School.
While only 38 of Atlanta's ITP churches remain from 1965, new congregations are sprouting, albeit slowly. Since the UACP began its visionary ministry in 2009, there have been 44 new church plants through the UACP/NAMB partnership. Approximately 35 others, mostly small and mostly African-American and a few Anglo churches have joined since 1965.
The unparalleled boom of Atlanta's population and economy in the past 50 years is only diminished by the death of its churches. Only 38 of the original 166 Georgia Baptist churches that existed Inside the Perimeter in 1965 remain today, and 25 of those average less than 100 in attendance.
On Jan. 28 Dr. J. Robert White, executive director of the Georgia Baptist Convention, announced, "I am very pleased that Mike Griffin has agreed to serve as the Public Affairs Representative for the Georgia Baptist Convention. As pastor of Liberty Baptist in Hartwell, Mike has had a great impact not only in Hart County, but all across Georgia as well.
Canadians easily dismiss Christianity especially in Quebec. The history of mistrust is woven deep within the fabric of Quιbιcois culture a culture that's decidedly Catholic and, at the same time, increasingly secular.
A federal judge's ruling that the ministers' housing allowance is unconstitutional has been appealed by government lawyers who argue the allowance should be upheld. The appeal will be heard by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.
More than a thousand brave pro-life advocates stood outside the Georgia Capitol for almost three hours in 20-degree temperatures Jan. 22 to give evidence of their commitment to life from fertilization to natural death. The Georgia Right To Life rally commemorated the lives lost to abortion since the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973, which legalized abortion.
The blight of slavery in America left deep scars on this nation, particularly in the South. Few would deny the tragedy of that time as the nation suffered political, racial, and economic division. Fewer still know that even in the midst of conflict that led to the Civil War, there were pockets of unity that defied normal race relations at that time in Georgia.
Job 30:26-31; 42:1-6
Bible Studies for Life, Feb. 23
Snowmageddon By J. Gerald Harris, Editor Published February 6, 2014
I got caught in Snowmageddon, but found it to be an unusual blessing. Plummeting temperatures, traffic snarls, and stranded motorists created problems for many and some people even encountered frightening traveling experiences car crashes, broken bones from slipping on ice, and other formidable hardships. On the contrary, I found the experience to be challenging, but delightful in many ways.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published February 6, 2014
For years I enjoyed the great privilege of working alongside Dr. Ray Newman who provided amazing ministry in the area of public affairs. During the sessions of the General Assembly, Ray could be found in the offices and hallways under the gold dome in downtown Atlanta as he lobbied on behalf of Georgia Baptists on matters of great concern not only to our convention, but to followers of Christ throughout Georgia.