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Friday
Dec122014

Brentwood Baptist Church announces a one-year ministry residency experience for 2015

Brentwood Baptist Church, Brentwood, Tenn., has announced a one-year ministry residency experience for 2015.

The Ministry Residency at Brentwood Baptist is a one-year residency experience equipping next generation pastors, worship leaders, missionaries, disciplers and church planters to effectively lead the local church.

Brentwood Baptist has provided internships for hundreds of men and women impacting the kingdom of God around the globe, according to a press release. The release also stated that, by virtue of its many resources, strategic Nashville area location and distinctive multicampus approach to ministry, Brentwood Baptist is well-positioned to provide a more in-depth, church career focused training and hands-on ministry leadership experience for God-called men and women.

Just as a teaching hospital provides its residents with further clinical training and the opportunity to practice their trade, likewise The Ministry Residency at Brentwood Baptist seeks to provide a safe and intensive ministry training experience within the context of a body of believers, the press release stated.

The release also said that while seminaries and universities provide a solid foundation in many disciplines, Brentwood Baptist believes the local Church is well-suited to provide exposure to the realities of ministry and address the “experience gap” for those new to ministry. Therefore the purpose of The Ministry Residency at Brentwood Baptist is not to replace what universities and seminaries are providing, but to complement them.

Choosing from seven ministry tracks, residents will be placed in a daily learning environment on one of five Brentwood Baptist campuses under the mentorship of an experienced ministerial staff member. Residents will also participate in a cohort seminar learning experience one day each week taught by seasoned church leaders.

The release specified that successful applicants will come to The Ministry Residency at Brentwood Baptist postcollege, preseminary, mid- or post-seminary and called to vocational ministry in the local Church. The one-year residency includes housing, moving allowance, ministry resource budget and support raising training.

Paired with a degree from a seminary or university, graduates of The Ministry Residency at Brentwood Baptist will be prepared to become some of the greatest Church leaders of the next generation.

Applications are being accepted through March 1 for the first residency cohort beginning late August. Informative materials, frequently asked questions and an online application are located at brentwoodresidency.com.

For additional information, contact Brian Dodridge at bdodridge@brentwoodbaptist.com.

Friday
Nov212014

SBC Disaster Relief leaders keep wary eye on New York snowmelt flooding

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – When massive storms dump snow accumulations taller than the average person, all of that snowmelt has to go somewhere. Officials in Buffalo, N.Y., anticipate potential floodwaters following the seven feet of snow that fell on some parts of the city through Nov. 21. 

Cities across the Northeast are facing similar flood scenarios and the prospect of even more snow. The polar blast, generated by a pacific storm that curved north into the Arctic pushing a cold front, brought freezing temperatures and snowfall to parts of all 48 contiguous states. The New York snow event has also been responsible for 12 weather-related fatalities.

Fritz Wilson, executive director for Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) at the North American Mission Board, expects state SBDR teams to handle most of the flood recovery and mudout work generated by the storm. The SBDR team at NAMB is closely monitoring developments. 

“The potential for flooding is high in the affected areas that have received from five to seven feet of snow,” said Wilson. “The strength of the Disaster Relief network and the preparation of state organizations like New York and others give us optimism that our state partners will be able to respond to possible flooding.” Wilson said depending on the nature of the event, New York could request assistance from states in the Northeast, but he does not anticipate that this event will call for a national response.

The National Weather Service (NWS) had multiple lake-effect snow warnings in New York, all set to expire Nov. 21. The NWS issued a flood watch for the most heavily affected areas that will not expire until Nov. 26. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, snowmelt typically generates a 10:1 ratio in water accumulation. In the case of the area around Buffalo, seven feet of melting snow would produce almost a foot of water.

Those wishing to donate to SBDR relief can contact the Baptist convention in their state or visithttps://donations.namb.net/dr-donations. For phone donations, call 1-866-407-NAMB (6262) or mail checks to NAMB, P.O. Box 116543, Atlanta, GA 30368-6543. Designate checks for “Disaster Relief.” 

NAMB coordinates and manages Southern Baptist responses to major disasters through partnerships with 42 state Baptist conventions, most of which have their own state Disaster Relief ministries.

Southern Baptists have 65,000 trained volunteers—including chaplains—and 1,550 mobile units for feeding, chainsaw, mud-out, command, communication, childcare, shower, laundry, water purification, repair/rebuild and power generation. SBDR is one of the three largest mobilizers of trained Disaster Relief volunteers in the United States, along with the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army.

Friday
Nov212014

Gay marriage, 'faith' spur judges to resign

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) – When Gayle Myrick received a memo from the North Carolina state government threatening criminal prosecution unless she performed gay wedding ceremonies, she knew she had to resign her job as a magistrate – even though resignation left her unemployed and without retirement benefits at age 64.

"When you're grounded in your faith and you know – especially at my age – what you believe and whom you believe, decisions come rather quickly," Myrick, a former magistrate in Union County near Charlotte, told Baptist Press.

Myrick is one of at least six magistrates in North Carolina who have opted to resign rather than marry homosexual couples following a federal judge's ruling that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. For at least two of the magistrates -- both of whom have ties to Southern Baptist churches -- the decision to resign has brought financial hardship. But they said obeying God required leaving their jobs.

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Friday
Nov212014

SBC Disaster Relief works disasters on deeper level, panel says

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – Whether it's a tornado in Oklahoma, a wildfire in Washington or a hurricane in New York, disaster survivors need more than assistance with rebuilding their homes when tragedy strikes. They need help rebuilding their lives. Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is committed to providing help, healing and hope to disaster survivors across North America.

Many people are aware of what SBDR does in response to these types of tragedies, however many people may not realize how SBDR works on a deeper level. Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, addressed that issue as he hosted a disaster relief panel discussion Nov. 20 as part of NAMB's monthly staff "boot camp" to give insight into the scope of SBDR.

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Friday
Nov212014

Duggars targeted by pro-gay petition

Jim Bob and Michelle DuggarNASHVILLE (BP) – Nearly 100,000 people have signed an online petition asking the TLC network to cancel the popular reality show "19 Kids and Counting," contending that its stars, Arkansans Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, use their fame "to promote discrimination, hate, and fear-mongering against gays and transgendered people."

The Duggars have 19 children and are outspoken advocates of their Christian faith as well as pro-family public policies. Their television show debuted in 2008 as "17 Kids and Counting," since which time they have had two more children. Speaking at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary last year, the Duggars said they stopped using birth control pills after the drugs caused Michelle to experience a miscarriage years ago.

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