Steven Curtis Chapman Earns #1 Song, Unify Project Prayer Guide & Digital Engagement Paves Way
Singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman has become the first contemporary Christian musician to have 50 chart-topping songs in his musical genre. The Unify Project, launched in 2022 by former Southern Baptist Convention presidents Ed Litton and Fred Luter, has released a 40-day prayer guide for racial reconciliation. And, what do you do when you want to plant a church in a new area, but travel is restricted? How do you know where in the city to plant the church and how to generate interest when canvassing and prayer walking aren’t possible?
Singer-songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman has become the first contemporary Christian musician to have 50 chart-topping songs in his musical genre.
“Don’t Lose Heart” boosted the longtime performer to the history-making stature of 50 No. 1 radio hits.
Chapman who is now 60 said “I’m completely blown away by the support for this song and for my music, even after so many years,” Chapman said in a statement.
His first number one came in 1988 with “His Eyes” from his Real Life Conversations album.
Hits such as The Great Adventure, Speechless, Dive, For the Sake of the Call, I Will Be Here…have helped him to win 50 Dove Awards and five Grammys.
The Unify Project, launched in 2022 by former Southern Baptist Convention presidents Ed Litton and Fred Luter, has released a 40-day prayer guide for racial reconciliation.
Daily scriptures and prayer prompts comprise the free guide. Petitions focused on Genesis 1:27, seeing individuals as image-bearers of God, and Micah 6:8, seeking God’s help in doing justice, loving mercy and walking humbly, launch the first days of the guide. Related petitions during the 40 days ask God to heal the wounds of racism (2 Chronicles 7:14), and to bound societal wounds (Psalm 147:3).
The guide is available at theunifyproject.org/lent and offers companion resources to help participants become leaders in racial reconciliation in their individual communities.
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What do you do when you want to plant a church in a new area, but travel is restricted? How do you know where in the city to plant the church and how to generate interest when canvassing and prayer walking aren’t possible?
Missionaries with the International Mission Board are employing digital engagement as a new entry strategy for planting churches. IMB missionary Brant Bauman uses evangelism ads and QR code stickers on humanitarian relief packages to point people in Eastern Ukraine to an evangelism resource website.
In many locations, prayer walking and canvassing neighborhoods to meet people and invite them to visit are strategies to help a church plant. Given the dangers that come with war, this isn’t possible in Ukraine. Instead IMB missionaries are engaging these cities through digital media.
Hope for Ukraine is a website launched by the IMB in the spring of 2022 to provide Gospel resources, links to download a digital Bible and a chat feature where Ukrainians can reach out for prayer.
Learn more at IMB.org.
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