- Institute the Two-Adult Rule: There must always be at least two adults in the room, in the car, in the van, or anywhere that minors are gathered. These two can NOT be husband and wife.
- Institute the Six-Month Rule: An individual must be a member of the church for at least six months before being considered for work with minors in any way. Pedophiles and others looking to prey on minors will not likely stay at the church that long. [Read more…]
By Laura Hurd
CHURCH HILL, Tenn. — The short eight minutes between our home and school is time that God has been fashioning as an open window for peering into the ever-evolving mind of my son, who tends to be willing to talk more during these moments.
I soon realized the importance of my attentiveness in each conversation. [Read more…]
By David Dawson
Baptist and Reflector
GALLATIN — It’s not easy to turn a church building into a shopping mall. But for one day each year, the members of First Baptist Church, Gallatin, make it happen.
Roughly five years ago, the church established the “Starting Strong” program — a ministry that provides brand-new school clothes and accessories to children who come from tough economic situations.
Throughout the year, the members of the “Starting Strong” committee watch the sales papers at local retail stores, and continuously purchase items (shirts, jeans, shoes, hoodies, etc.) that will be given away. Then, on a designated Saturday just before school begins, financially-challenged families are invited to come to “shop” at the church. [Read more…]
Baptist and Reflector
COOKEVILLE — A mission team from Cookeville First Baptist traveled to Franklin, Ohio, just north of Cincinnati, to serve alongside church partner Shawn Acrey and Journey Community Church for their VBS Sports Camp July 16-20. It was the first VBS for Journey Community Church which launched on Christmas Eve 2017.
During the first half of the week the Cookeville team served alongside a World Changers team comprised of youth and adults from Sweetwater, Tenn., Arkansas and Rockford, Ill., along with volunteers from Journey Community Church. The rest of the week was comprised of the First Baptist team serving alongside Journey Community Church. [Read more…]
By Johnnie C. Godwin
Contributing Columnist, B&R
Editor’s note: Part one of a two-part series.
I got saved when I was 7 years old. It was on the sixth stanza of “Just As I Am”— which just has five stanzas. On a Sunday night, our pastor extended the invitation until I finally quit waiting and said yes to God and confessed Christ as Lord and Savior. I was saved and baptized. [Read more…]