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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BAPTIST MUSICIANS HONOR PAUL CLARK

Baptist and Reflector

170410paulBRENTWOOD – Paul Clark, retired director of worship and music ministries for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, was honored recently by the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference.

Clark was presented the W. Hines Sims Award for leadership in church music.

Clark served on the TBMB staff from 2000 until his retirement last year after suffering a stroke in November of 2015. During those years he directed both the Tennessee Men’s Chorale and the Tennessee Ladies Chorus. He also served for 26 years as a local church music minister for churches in Missouri, Kentucky, Kansas, Tennessee, and Georgia. [Read more…]

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CONCERT TO BENEFIT PAUL CLARK

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Paul Clark

Paul Clark

BRENTWOOD — The Tennessee Men’s Chorale and the Tennessee Ladies Chorus will hold a benefit concert for Paul Clark on Friday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Jackson.

Clark is the former worship and music specialist for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board (formerly Executive Board). He suffered a stroke in 2015 following The Summit held at Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood, and was unable to return to work. [Read more…]

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WORSHIP IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT — PART 2

By Johnnie Godwin
Contributing Columnist, B&R

Johnnie Godwin

Johnnie Godwin

My home church was the First Baptist Church of Midland, Texas. We had a piano, electric organ, a choir, and a minister of music. It was a rare thing when we had any other musical instruments, and we never had an orchestra. I’m not against the majestic orchestras that lead us in music worship along with fine choirs and excellent sound systems. But let me give you an example of response in worship.

Getting singing out of the congregation. B. B. McKinney led one of our protracted meetings known as revivals. My dad wasn’t in the choir, but he loved to sing; and he whistled all the time. After McKinney led music the first Sunday of the revival, Dad had an opinion — which we Godwins tend to always have. Dad said, “You know, that ole man got more music out of the congregation than I’ve ever heard anybody get out of them before.” That congregation was already a singing congregation, but they got better during revival. [Read more…]

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WORSHIP IS NOT A SPECTATOR SPORT — PART 1

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series.

By Johnnie Godwin
Contributing Columnist, B&R

Johnnie Godwin

Johnnie Godwin

“You missed your chance!” That’s what our pastor said to our church just after he made the climactic statement of his whole message. In the world of sports, we would say he had just hit a grand slam home run. He had delivered the knockout blow! It was a hole-in-one. Response? None! The pastor exclaimed, “Amen! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!” Then he sat down on the front pew and faced the pulpit. Church was over.

I’ve lived a long time, and I’ve never seen or heard of such a thing in all my church-going life. What had the pastor expected that led him to do such a thing? I’ve been a pastor and served on both sides of the pulpit, so I’ve got an idea of what led to such a stunning conclusion of that service.

Worship is not a spectator sport — but praise to God!  Pastors spend their lives preparing to preach. They pray, they plan, and they craft their Spirit-guided message the best they can. Then they come to the pulpit to plan to win for God. [Read more…]

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BELLEVUE SINGS OF ‘KING’ ON FOX, CARNEGIE HALL

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Hannah Tetmeyer leads the Bellevue Baptist Church choir of Memphis, Tenn., in “Say Amen” in New York’s Times Square Plaza during a June 20 broadcast of “Fox & Friends.” -Fox & friends screen capture

Hannah Tetmeyer leads the Bellevue Baptist Church choir of Memphis, Tenn., in “Say Amen” in New York’s Times Square Plaza during a June 20 broadcast of “Fox & Friends.”
-Fox & friends screen capture

NEW YORK (BP) — The choir from newly elected Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines’ pastorate sang the Gospel alongside Elvis hits in New York’s Times Square on Fox TV today (June 20) in advance of their concert tonight at Carnegie Hall.

An Elvis impersonator with the choir said the Memphis, Tenn., group loves to sing of “the King.”

“We always want to sing about the King,” said the impersonator, one of two Bellevue choir members who impersonated the rock star on the live broadcast of Fox & Friends just before 9 a.m. Eastern Time. “So, most times we sing about Jesus, sometimes we sing about Elvis. Whatever draws people closer to Jesus, man, that’s what we’re about.” [Read more…]

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MINISTER OF MUSIC COMPLETES 60 YEARS

Wilson Henderson credits hard work and loving people as basics of his ministry

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Wilson and Charline Henderson, left, pause at the piano with Pastor Mark Proctor of Highland Park Baptist Church in Columbia. Henderson will retire after 15 years as minister of music and his wife will step down as pianist on July 17.

Wilson and Charline Henderson, left, pause at the piano with Pastor Mark Proctor of Highland Park Baptist Church in Columbia. Henderson will retire after 15 years as minister of music and his wife will step down as pianist on July 17.

COLUMBIA — On the last day of December in 2000, Wilson Henderson retired after about 45 years as a minister of music, including the last 13 at Dalewood Baptist Church in Nashville.

In April of 2001 Henderson was contacted by Highland Park Baptist Church in Columbia to see if he would “supply” for a few weeks. Before the year was over the supply status had turned to “interim” and later “permanent part-time.”

Fifteen years later, the 76-year-old Henderson will retire once again (this time after 60 years of ministry) as he plans to step down at Highland Park on July 17.

Henderson acknowledged that he really thought he was through with his music ministry after retiring from Dalewood but God had other plans. [Read more…]

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FROM MINISTER OF MUSIC TO PREACHER

Guyer sees God redirect him and bless him and his church in building project

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Allen Guyer

Allen Guyer

SAVANNAH — Just three years ago Allen Guyer was serving as minister of music of Riverview Baptist Church here, a growing church plant he helped start in 2009.

Everything was going well in his life. Riverview had bought a storefront building and was beginning to fill it. One Sunday Guyer substituted for the pastor, preaching the morning sermon in addition to leading worship. That was something he had done “many, many times” over his 25 years of ministry, he said.

But he felt differently as he preached that Sunday and even when he returned home. In fact, he said something to Kristy, his wife, about it, adding that “Surely God’s not calling me to preach.” But he didn’t say anything about it to anyone else.

Several weeks later, he met Jerry Spencer, long-time evangelist and former pastor in West Tennessee who is his mentor. Spencer and Guyer were in Cookeville to lead a revival together. [Read more…]

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INTERGENERATIONAL? WORSHIP & SERVICE AS ONE

By Johnnie Godwin
Contributing Columnist, B&R

Johnnie Godwin

Johnnie Godwin

Thirty-five years ago, citified Johnnie and Phyllis bought 56 acres of rough ridge we call Godwin’s Mountain. We love that mountain but need help with things I can’t do. And when I need help, I’ve got people. What one of my people told me characterizes what an intergenerational church ought to be like. After literally getting me out of a ditch, Ronnie said, “Mr. Johnnie, I don’t think you’ve got anything out here that needs doing that I can’t do or don’t know someone who can.” He and others help!

What an intergenerational church is. Technically, it’s just when folks from more than one generation worship and minister together. But it’s really a lot more than that. In an intergenerational church, every person from the cradle to the grave is important. The key is consistent valuing of personhood in all the church. Some churches even have classes for those with dementia. Their time focuses more on familiar Scriptures and hymns. For a brief time, some whose minds and eyes are dead and darkened come alive with brightness. [Read more…]

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PRAYING FOR A MIRACLE THIS CHRISTMAS

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Lonnie Wilkey

Lonnie Wilkey

More than two thousand years ago the God of the the universe performed a miracle that is unmatched.

He sent His only Son, Jesus, to be born of a virgin in the town of Bethlehem.

Webster’s Dictionary defines miracle as, “an event or action that apparently contradicts known scientific laws and is hence thought to be due to supernatural causes, esp. to an act of God.” A virgin birth certainly classifies as a miracle, and of course, it happened during the time we now refer to as Christmas.

Miracles did not end with the birth of Jesus. During his short time on earth, Jesus performed several miracles, including bringing people back to life after they were presumed dead. [Read more…]

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