Making space for rest: A Q&A with Jeff Vanderstelt

This story was originally published on Facts & Trends, an online publication for pastors and church leaders, in December 2018. Click here to view the full story.  Pastor and author Jeff Vanderstelt cares about Sabbath rest. As the pastor of a church, the executive director and founder of Saturate, and an author, he’s certainly busy, but he’s also … Continue reading Making space for rest: A Q&A with Jeff Vanderstelt

Life and death: How the church can serve those who suffer miscarriages

WOMEN WHO GO TO CHURCH REPORT HIGHER MENTAL HEALTH LEVELS FOLLOWING MISCARRIAGE This story was originally published on Facts & Trends, an online publication for pastors and church leaders, in August 2018. Click here to view the full story on the Facts & Trends website.  Jennifer Roberts stood in church one Sunday morning a few … Continue reading Life and death: How the church can serve those who suffer miscarriages

Popular podcast ‘StartUp’ explores church planting

This story was originally published on Facts & Trends, an online publication for pastors and church leaders published by LifeWay Christian Resources, in August 2018. Click here to view the full story on the Facts & Trends website.  Each season, the StartUp podcast tells the stories of people who are stepping out of their comfort zones and … Continue reading Popular podcast ‘StartUp’ explores church planting

Black millennials remain more religious than their peers

This story was originally published on Facts & Trends, an online publication for pastors and church leaders, in July 2018. Click here to view the full story on the Facts & Trends website.  For years, research has shown millennials are much less religious than their parents’ and grandparents’ generations. But a recent analysis from the Pew Research Center … Continue reading Black millennials remain more religious than their peers

5,000 backpacks: New Orleans ministry impacting lives

This story was originally published on Baptist Press in July 2018. You can view the full story on the Baptist Press website.  NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Earlier this summer, Kay Bennett received a phone call that left her with some exciting news. Bennett is the executive director of Baptist Friendship House, a Send Relief ministry … Continue reading 5,000 backpacks: New Orleans ministry impacting lives

Where are the actual ‘Christian nations’?

CHRISTIANS IN THE GLOBAL SOUTH REPORT HIGHER LEVELS OF RELIGIOUS COMMITMENT This story was originally published on Facts & Trends, an online publication for pastors and church leaders published by LifeWay Christian Resources, in September 2018. View the full story on the Facts & Trends website.  Various politicians and pundits have long referred to America … Continue reading Where are the actual ‘Christian nations’?

Urban, multicultural Bible study, “YOU,” marks 10 yrs.

This story was originally published by Baptist Press in November 2018. You can view the full story here.  NASHVILLE (BP) -- A Bible study curriculum for urban, multicultural environments -- simply titled YOU -- is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. The team that produces the resource is remembering the past while continuing to look to the … Continue reading Urban, multicultural Bible study, “YOU,” marks 10 yrs.

Living history: Take a look inside BG’s first black church

This story was originally published on WKUTalisman.com as a part of the publication's black history month coverage in February 2018.  Click here to view the full story, which contains visual and audio elements.  Audio and written story by Helen Gibson; photos by Michelle Hanks. Rain drizzled down and hit the roof of State Street Baptist … Continue reading Living history: Take a look inside BG’s first black church

Can I Get a Volunteer? 6 Ways to Encourage Greater Involvement in Your Church

This story was originally published in Facts and Trends magazine’s spring 2018 issue. It also appeared on factsandtrends.net.  Do you struggle to find volunteers to serve in your church? If you’re like most leaders, the answer is probably yes. Just over 70 percent of church leaders say they find recruiting volunteers challenging or often impossible, according to the … Continue reading Can I Get a Volunteer? 6 Ways to Encourage Greater Involvement in Your Church