Fighting Gun Violence, SEBTS Mandatory Course & Disaster Relief Responds
New Beginnings Church of Chicago Assistant Pastor T.J. Grooms ministers in Parkway Gardens, a low-income housing development where a mass shooting occurred early July 1 next door to the South Side church. The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina will be the first Southern Baptist seminary to require students to take a class on sexual abuse prevention and response. And when the waters of Rock Creek in Colorado began to surge across its banks into homes and businesses, the members of the Church of the Rockies began to respond.
New Beginnings Church of Chicago Assistant Pastor T.J. Grooms ministers in Parkway Gardens, a low-income housing development where a mass shooting occurred early July 1 next door to the South Side church.
At least 10 people were shot dead and 62 injured across Chicago during the July 4th weekend, the Parkway Gardens incident among the first.
Grooms encourages Christians to not only to pray but also to conduct and support similar ministries to deter gun violence.
He says church has an opportunity to minister to underserved communities that are near them or within driving distance.
The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina will be the first Southern Baptist seminary to require students to take a class on sexual abuse prevention and response.
Undergraduate, graduate and advanced students will be required to complete the course. It will provide an overview of practical strategies for preventing and responding to sexual abuse and will clarify biblical and theological foundations for caring well for survivors of abuse.
Students in the course will receive a biblical and theological foundation for protecting the vulnerable as well as instruction on how to recognize vulnerabilities in ministry. Instructors will also address implementing protective policies and reporting processes, understanding legal obligations and navigating spiritual and interpersonal challenges relevant to sexual abuse.
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When the waters of Rock Creek in Colorado began to surge across its banks into homes and businesses, the members of the Church of the Rockies began to respond. At first, it was neighbors helping neighbors, checking on one another, and offering aid. When the Red Cross arrived, the church family quickly became the hands and feet of the relief organization. The church’s benevolence fund was used to begin meeting immediate needs.
Soon, coordination between the Utah/Idaho Southern Baptist Convention and Missouri Baptist partners began to take place. A Missouri shower unit from Bozeman was redeployed. A team from Utah/Idaho coordinated mud-out crews…cleaning basements to protect them from bacteria and mold. Leaders say as these homes dry out, they will be ready to rebuild. They say throughout the hard work, they’ve had many opportunities to pray with flood victims, exchange stories and be a source of hope and encouragement.
AL Baptists Work to Build Camp in Alaska, Empty Historic Church Houses New Congregation & What We Should Learn From Gen Z
There’s a piece of land nestled next to a lake in Alaska, and Tommy Bishop said when he’s there, he thinks of somewhere else. Amanda Hicks knew there were bees inside the building that once housed Chula Baptist Church. Everyone in the small Missouri town knew that. And, what does Gen Z need?
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Celebration of New Missionaries, Nicaragua’s Crackdown on Catholic Church & Steps for Starting New Groups
62 new missionaries were commissioned last week by the International Mission Board. The celebration took place in Phoenix, Arizona. In a concerning turn of events, the situation for the Catholic community in Nicaragua has deteriorated. This year alone, nineteen priests have been forcibly expelled. And, Lifeway discipleship expert Ken Braddy offers tips on starting new groups in your local church.