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Issue Date: 2014-02-06
Volume: 193
Number: 3


5 Smooth Stones is GBC plan for pushing back lostness
Georgia Baptists are reaching the lost in their state through a biblically-based, easy-to-understand concept known as 5 Smooth Stones.
Meet your church planter: Jean Ward

On a cool fall morning Jean Ward meets a couple of friends at the Park and Grounds in Reynoldstown for coffee and Bible study.
Church planting in Atlanta ...
not a minute too soon

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.
7,100,000 unchurched
A cooperative effort in reaching Georgia
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.
A city within a city

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.
Case study: When a church closes its doors

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.
What does the urban church of the future look like?

As Americans continue to migrate to the nation's cities, the urban church of tomorrow will not look anything like the urban church of today.
Meet your church planter: Winston Taylor
The Bluff is perhaps the last place anyone would dare start a church. But Winston Taylor sees things there that no one else sees.
Meet your church planter: Tek Dharnal

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.
A new day, a new model for church planting

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.
Mobilize Me is portal for church planting pursuit
Ready to link volunteers, churches

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.
Meet your church planter: Rusty Couch

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.
EMBRACE Atlanta offers housing, ministry options

New York. San Francisco. Atlanta?
Bad news, good news, and tour schedule
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.


Church planting in Atlanta ... (Part I, Overview)
not a minute too soon
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.
Griffin named public affairs representative
Hartwell pastor to serve in post vacated by death of Ray Newman
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.
Quebec church planter helps students encounter the Gospel

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.
Housing allowance ruling appealed by DOJ

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.
Church input sought for compensation survey
Ministers and church employees are invited to participate in the 2014 SBC Church Compensation Survey, a tool used by churches of all sizes to determine fair wages and benefits.
Enthusiastic crowd rallies for life in freezing temps

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.

People and Places

Book signing at the Baptist Building

Cooperative Program Stories

Racial unity facilitates missions both then and now

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.

Bible Study

How Did We Get Here ... And Why?

Genesis 1
Bible Studies for Life, Feb. 16
If God is Good, Why is There Suffering?

Job 30:26-31; 42:1-6
Bible Studies for Life, Feb. 23



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

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.
"Since you asked ..."

Isn't love more important than doctrine?
Partners in ministry

My husband had turned out the lights as we crawled into bed and he was recounting the activities of his day – his accomplishments and wins.