The Five Objectives were adopted by messengers at the Summit in 2014 at Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood as long-range goals for the convention. [Read more…]
Molino Baptist Church is revitalized after former member is revitalized into its pastor
By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector
TAFT — Church revitalization begins one person at a time, believes Joe Self. In this case, it began with him.
The story begins in the 1980s when a rural church near Fayetteville was “a focal point and center of worship” for a small community here, recalled Joe Self.
Self, who was in his 20s, attended that church, Molino (Moh-line-ah) Baptist Church, then.
“It was there that I felt a call to the pastorate,” he recalled.
But he hesitated to respond. For one thing, like a lot of people he didn’t feel worthy, he explained.
By Randy C. Davis
TBC Executive Director
To say Litz Manor Baptist Church was on life support is an understatement. The reality was its slow death was only delaying being moved from the category of once-thriving congregations to just another statistic of churches that closed its doors. You’ve seen those churches. They are now community theatres, coffee shops, town hall meeting places …or bars.
But God wasn’t done with Litz Manor, and the people weren’t done with God. Founded in 1946, the Kingsport church saw steady growth through its first 25 years, but those numbers began to plateau in the 1970s. Several economic blows and the more recent collapse of the Eastman Corporation being a major employer in the area, and the church dwindled to below 60. But it wasn’t dead. [Read more…]