Minister says lack of challenge caused millennials to leave the church.
TARLAC CITY, Philippines (BNc) — “We have arrived safely in the Philippines!” Michael Hildreth wrote yesterday to BNc. He and his family just moved there to begin a new congregation.
“I am beginning a new work in Tarlac City with the help of some local preachers and members of the Body. It will be a newly planted congregation and Tarlac Bible School,” Michael wrote Nov. 28 to BNc.
The city, located in the Central Luzon region, has a population of 314,000, with 76 barangays, or neighborhoods. Read more
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GENEVA, Ala (BNc) – On Thursday evenings men from the Geneva church meet at the local county jail to teach the Bible to the inmates. Going their separate ways last night, Douglas Williams, minister of the Geneva church, was teaching in the open dome area. One of the men asked about baptism and the study began as different ones participated in the conversation. Some offered what they believed about the subject, and Williams always directed them to what the Bible taught. At the end of the class one young man said he wanted to be baptized right then. Baptisms have to be arranged with personnel, and at their convenience, so it wasn’t possible to baptize him immediately. However, three men, from other classes, were already scheduled to be baptized today (Friday). Soon a total of ten souls were requesting baptism.
On Friday morning, August 31, imagine Williams surprise to see two more men from his class join the group to be baptized, making a total of 12 whom he baptized into Christ for the remission of sins. To God be the glory.
The Andover church focuses on evangelism, hosts clothing giveaways, sees five added this year.
PORIRUA, New Zealand (BNc) – The Porirua church met on May 8 for its first worship service, with 78 people, many visiting Christians from surrounding areas.
For two Saturdays before the first meeting, with the help of a group from Freed-Hardeman, they conducted a campaign to put flyers in letter boxes and door-knock, saturating the closest neighborhoods. Approximately 18,500 homes were personally visited, covering the entire Porirua area. Ten Bible studies were set up, with eleven additional contacts to revisit. Read more
Tanzania missionary George Jensen examines the "numbers test" many use to determine support and finds it lacking.
by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent
Jerry O. Davidson, missionary to the Amerindians in Guyana, returned home Monday evening from his latest mission trip. Davidson has been leading groups deep into the Guyana bush to establish the church for 13 years. A team of eight Americans, two Trinidadians and approximately 25 Guyanese, arrived on February 21, for a three week soul-winning effort. Read more
Preacher Tim Arnold shares news of his trip to India. This story was written just days ago while still in the country. He tells of hardships and opposition, but great dedication of the Indian Christians and evangelists.
by Glenda Williams, BNc correspondent
GENEVA, Ala BNc — A new website, http://www.thechurchofchrist.ws has been created by Sonnie Parker (William Roger Parker, Jr.) of Luverne, AL. Parker is a member of the Sasser congregation where Jeff Grimes is the preacher.
- Forums for individual members: For posting comments and questions on various topics and having open study discussions
- Private forums for congregations: The webmaster will work with a congregation to set up private forums for their members.
- Private Women’s forum: Women will have their own private area for teaching and study. Additional forums can be added.
- Blogs: Each member can have their own blog.
- Groups: Members can set up general, congregational, mission and study groups, and may be made public or private.
The Front Page consist of announcements, calendar, Biblical articles, Bible lessons library, tutorials, links to sound commentaries, Christian links, Bible games/quizzes, etc.
Congregations are encouraged to list their group in the online church directory.
The site is completely ad free and donation free. Sonnie Parker hopes this website will be a central site for church growth and is ready to help in any way.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (BNc) – The Evangelize Kentucky Project soon will be starting a congregation in Owen County Kentucky in the town of Owenton. They are in need of 10-15 matching pews, preferably no longer than 14 feet, a Lord’s supper table, pulpit stand, number boards, etc.
The property has already been purchased and Bill Dayton who will preach there has recently moved to Bowling Green, Ky. to spend time getting to know the sponsoring congregation at Lehman Avenue. A house is currently being remodeled for them to live in.
The church building will be a converted metal warehouse building similar to the one in Grant County, the first congregation planted by the Lehman Avenue congregation. Read more
CAMPINA GRANDE, BRAZIL (BNc) – The church arrived before the mission team in this city in northeastern Brazil!
Campina Grande is the second largest city in the state of Paraiba, with a population of 400,000. Saints are preparing to take Christ there. The church is praying. Brazilian congregations are raising money to send two national families there, in addition to a missionary family planning to move there this year.
But even before they arrive, God is working, as Joe McKinney tells below: Read more