CHURCHES ADD CONTEMPORARY SERVICES

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

BRENTWOOD — Tennessee Baptist churches are adding contemporary style worship services in various ways. Despite issues — will the new service divide the church, who will speak, when will it be held, and where will it be held — the outcome usually is good, reported pastors.

Three Tennessee Baptist churches which range in size reported on their experiences — Grace Baptist Church, Elizabethton; First Baptist Church, Manchester; and First Baptist Church, Kingsport.  [Read more…]

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SALVATION COMES TO THE FOOD LINE

By Mike Stover
Camp Pastor, Journey Camp

Mike Stover

On the last day of Journey Camp 2016 at Linden Valley I was serving food to our campers during the first lunch serving. There are two serving times for each meal of the day, both with four lines, and camp staff serve the campers as they come through the line. As you can imagine, there is usually a steady stream of boys and girls coming through to get their meal, and it is an extremely busy time.   [Read more…]

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DAY OF PRAYER SET FOR CONFERENCE CENTERS

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Enjoying the setting at Linden Valley Baptist Conference Center is a group from Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Bradford. From left are Theresa Kay Stone, Annalee Bratton, Macy Johnstone, Ava Anglin, Emma Cook (standing), and Alyssa Anglin.

BRENTWOOD — Sunday, May 28, will be observed as a day of prayer for the conference centers owned and operated by the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.

The day of prayer is for both Linden Valley Baptist Conference Center in Linden and Carson Springs Baptist Conference Center in Newport. The theme for the day is “Pray For Them All,” taken from I Timothy 2:1, NKJV.

“We have had days of prayer for both camps from time to time,” said Tim Bearden, senior manager of the conference centers for the TBMB. [Read more…]

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THE IMPACT OF AN ORPHAN

By Randy C. Davis
TBMB President/Executive Director

Randy C. Davis

Wilkerson V. Jones would’ve turned 100 this coming July 4th. He was well known all over Mobile, Ala. It seemed as if he knew everybody and everybody knew him.

He is a member of the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame, was active in his church, and was tall, handsome and distinguished. A southern gentleman in every way, married to the same woman for well over half a century, and together with Ms. Juanita, they raised nine children. [Read more…]

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WORSHIP PASTOR ON HARLEY PLANTS CHURCH

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

The leaders of Kairos Communities, Ooltewah, pause at Wired Coffeehouse, Ooltewah, recently. They are, from left, Shane Mitchell, founder and elder/pastor; Kel Trudgian, elder/pastor; and Steve Gervasi, elder/teaching pastor.

CHATTANOOGA — Just two years ago Shane Mitchell was a worship and creative arts pastor of a traditional church who enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Then he felt called by God to build relationships at a coffeehouse.

Since then his work-a-day world has shifted — from spending most of his time at Oakwood Baptist Church, Chattanooga, where he led worship, to managing a thrift store while leading a new congregation.

His personal life has been rocked — from living in a nice traditional home in Chattanooga to a small apartment in Ooltewah. [Read more…]

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AMERICANS LIKE BIBLE BUT DON’T READ IT

By Bob Smietana
Lifeway Research

NASHVILLE — Americans have a positive view of the Bible. And many say the Christian Scriptures are filled with moral lessons for today.

However, more than half of Americans have read little or none of the Bible.

Less than a quarter of those who have ever read a Bible have a systematic plan for reading the Christian Scriptures each day. And a third of Americans never pick it up on their own, according to a new study from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. [Read more…]

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SBC PHOENIX: ‘PRAY! FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS’

Baptist Press

PHOENIX — As this year’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting approaches, SBC President and Tennessee pastor Steve Gaines says fellow Baptists should anticipate emphases on prayer, evangelism, and financial stewardship at the June 13-14 gathering in Phoenix, where the 2003 and 2011 annual meetings also were held.

This year’s annual meeting theme is “Pray! For such a time as this” based on Luke 18:1 and Esther 4:14. Gaines hopes that through a commitment “to fervent, frequent, faith-filled prayer,” the SBC will become “a catalyst for spiritual awakening and revival. [Read more…]

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CHURCH GIVES FACILITY FOR HISPANIC CHURCH

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

God’s Gathering Place, Chattanooga, recently became the East Ridge Campus and Community Center of Brainerd Baptist Church, Chattanooga. Standing in front of the former sanctuary of God’s Gathering Place, are, from left, Dennis Culbreth, director of missions, Hamilton County Baptist Association; Dwight Millsaps, former pastor, God’s Gathering Place; and Micah Fries, pastor, Brainerd Baptist.

CHATTANOOGA — God has worked through what most people would call a failure, says Dwight Millsaps, former pastor of a small church, God’s Gathering Place, in Chattanooga.

Though the church disbanded several months ago, recently God’s Gathering Place gave its facilities worth about $1 million to Brainerd Baptist Church, Chattanooga, to meet a need of that church.

Brainerd Baptist needed more space for its Hispanic Congregation. Other positive factors are that the neighborhood has many Hispanic residents and the two churches are located only about a mile apart, though on different sides of Interstate 24.

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KNOXVILLE CHURCH BAPTIZES 105 BELIEVERS

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Samantha Wilson was one of 105 new believers baptized on April 23 at Faith Promise Church in Knoxville.

KNOXVILLE – Faith Promise Church here baptized 105 new believers on Sunday, April 23.

The baptisms came following 331 professions of faith between April 12 and Easter Sunday, April 16. During that time frame the church held 42 services in eight locations, said Pastor Chris Stephens. He noted 16,432 people attended the services. [Read more…]

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TBMB HOLDS ‘FIRST’ OFFICIAL MEETING

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

BRENTWOOD — Directors of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board met April 25 for their first official meeting since a name change last November.

Messengers to the Summit in Sevierville last November overwhelmingly voted to change the name of the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention to the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. [Read more…]

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