By: Shauw Chin Capps The same God who has been at work in my life since I was a young teen halfway across the world is beckoning me to be patient and to entrust the future of our Cooperative Baptist Fellowship confidently to him.
By: Colin Harris The CBF released its Illumination Project report last month. While reactions were mixed, we hope God's grace will break through our deeply held religious beliefs to illuminate our hearts and minds.
By: Zach Dawes Moderate Baptists have significant work to do to expand opportunities for women called by God to pastoral leadership. These biblical texts can help church leaders share the basis for women in all ministry posts.
By: Garrett Vickrey Denominations are teaching congregations and congregants to do as they do: separate from those who might defile. This drive for collective purity is antithetical to the gospel stories that shape our faith.
By: Robert Parham A letter from Billy Graham voicing support for a 1978 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on nuclear arms co-written by Robert Parham and Glen Stassen "made a world of difference" in garnering support of the resolution.
By: Merianna Harrelson To be a woman in ministry in a Baptist denomination that only has 6.5 percent of pastors and co-pastors who are female is to fight an uphill battle. You still deal with sexual harassment, sexual abuse and sexual assault.
By: Tambi Swiney If churches desire to empower girls to believe they can grow up to become ministers, they need to be willing to hire and ordain women to serve as ministers. Let's stunt our girls' imaginations no longer.
By: Elijah Brown When Christians in Bolivia were concerned a new human-trafficking law could lead to unintended restrictions on religious freedom, they showed how prayer and peaceful actions could make a change.
By: Pam Durso Martha Stearns Marshall and Melissa Rogers were collaborative partners who advanced the cause of women preaching. Find out how they teamed up - even though they lived in different centuries.
By: Bojangles Blanchard There is room for us all at God's table. No amount of homophobic theology or discriminatory hiring policies can convince me or my LGBTQ+ family that we aren't loved by God for exactly who we are.
By: Sara Powell The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship recently adopted a new policy dealing with LGBT issues after many years of an exclusive hiring policy on this matter. Such decisions require the guidance of God's Spirit.
By: Mary Elizabeth Hill Hanchey What has come out of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's Illumination Project is a good hiring policy undermined by an overly broad implementation plan that demurs rather than leads.
By: George Mason The painful truth the Illumination Project uncovered in their long discernment process is how silent our churches are when it comes to what is life and death for real people in our pews.
By: Colin Harris Threading the ethical needle is always a delicate matter in institutions and agencies that serve a diverse community. This has been the challenge faced by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's Illumination Project.
By: Steve Wells The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is about partnership. We proudly claim the centrist ground and the big tent. We agree to disagree agreeably without dishonoring one another - even when doing so is hard.
By: Jerrod Hugenot Abyssinian Baptist Church is among the great congregations to rise up and minister to the urban multitudes in the history of New York City churches. One of its most visionary pastors was Adam Clayton Powell Sr.
By: Julio Guarneri Calvary Baptist of McAllen, Texas, provided relief to thousands of immigrants fleeing violence from Central America. However, beyond relief efforts, the church seeks opportunities for development, sustainment and advocacy.
By: Tim Long Since May 2016, thousands of immigrants have flocked to Tijuana, awaiting their turn to cross into the U.S. Six Baptist churches from this Mexican border town are ministering to 500 of those asylum seekers.
By: Jay Abernathy Human trafficking is a year-round challenge. Imagine if each congregation in the U.S. became active voices against human trafficking and pornography. Here's how one Baptist church made a difference.
By: Neville Callam Hardly can one identify a greater need of Baptists today than to rediscover Baptist interdependency - an interdependency that rejects cultural imperialism, paternalism and neo-colonialism.
By: Michael Okwakol I first heard of the Baptist World Alliance when I joined the staff of the Baptist Union of Uganda in 1984. Since then, I have discovered many benefits from BWA involvement. Here are a few of them.
By: Meredith Stone My worldview was small until my seminary professors introduced me to the Baptist World Alliance's global family, where we teach each other that all folks are created in the divine image - not just Americans.
By: Craig Sherouse The beautiful diversity of the Baptist world family is always on display when the BWA meets. As a local church pastor for 41 years, my ministry and missional partnerships have been greatly enriched by the BWA.