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Government's new child poverty measure 'fatally flawed', say Churches
Four major British Churches have criticised the Government's proposals for a new way of measuring child poverty in the UK.
God's plan 'still on course' for the UK - Pastor Agu Irukwu
Baptists have left the Baptist Assembly in London with a message of hope for the future.
Girls' Brigade speak directly to the Prime Minister
Prime Minister David Cameron has heard all about the benefits of being in the Girls' Brigade last week.
Girls' Brigade selected to work on government project
Girls' Brigade England and Wales has been selected to work on a £10 million government-funded project to help transform lives and communities, alongside other members of a youth work coalition called Youth United.
Girls' Brigade on the move
Girls' Brigade England and Wales is to move its headquarters from Didcot to a new base at Cliff College in Derbyshire.
GCSE celebrations at Oasis academies
Students, staff and parents across the Oasis family of academies are celebrating after achieving another improved set of GCSE results
G8 'unfinished business' says IF campaign
A step in the right direction - but unfinished business.
Fresh Streams' sexuality resources
New resources to help the conversation around homosexuality have been made available by Fresh Streams, the Baptist word and spirit network.
Freedom with foundation: The George Beasley-Murray memorial lecture
The interplay between theological faithfulness and theological freedom formed the basis of the last ever George Beasley-Murray Memorial lecture.
Franklin Graham launches Shoebox Campaign in London
Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham helped London schoolchildren wrap and pack shoeboxes, as part of Operation Christmas Child's campaign to reach their 100 millionth child with a gift-filled shoebox this year.
Five loaves and two fish - a Baptist Assembly day conference for small churches
More than 145 people came to the Emmanuel Centre for the Assembly day conference specifically for the smaller churches in the Baptist family, writes Hilary Taylor.
'Financial challenges ahead' - Malcolm Broad
'Financial challenges remain', said Malcolm Broad, the Union's Treasurer during his presentation at the Baptist Assembly
Faith in young people
There could be an increased involvement by African and Caribbean churches with Girls’ Brigade England and Wales and The Boys’ Brigade after a networking event was described as an 'answer to prayer'.
Exploring English identity
A conference exploring English identity has been organised by a Chennai-born Baptist minister who grew up in a Hindu family.
'Every child in poverty should have free school meal' - BUGB support for Children Society campaign
The Baptist Union of Great Britain has joined forces with the Children's Society and other church leaders to call on the government to make free school meals available to all children in poverty.
Evangelistic newspaper's special Olympics edition
A popular monthly evangelistic newspaper is producing a special edition for the London Olympics featuring the testimonies of well-known British athletes.
Ernie lays down challenging agenda for presidential year
Ernie Whalley has promised to bring some 'Northern straight talk' to the role of BUGB President when he takes on the role next year.
'Don't give into the idols of our time'
Stand firm and don't give into the pressures to conform to the 'idols of our time'. That was the message of a creative and interactive Bible study that started day two of the Baptist Assembly in Blackpool.
Dissenting descendants - Church from Scratch
Church from Scratch (CFS), a highly distinctive Baptist church, was the topic of a presentation during the Assembly day conference 'Dissenting descendants'.
Discarding independence in favour of interdependence
Baptists need to discard the word 'independence' in order to rediscover a greater form of associating and networking together.
We desire God and God desires us
'Democracy in the palm of your hand' - Tearfund launches campaign app
Campaigners can now change the world from the palm of their hand, thanks to a new app developed by Tearfund.
Demand for church winter shelters
'The Rugby Winter Shelter for me, is what the theologians of liberation call praxis,' said the Revd Dr Michael Bochenksi, 'Practical action rooted in the Bible's message prioritising the needs of God's poor in a given town or area.
Debt driving more towards suicide: charity
Four in ten people say their debts are driving them to contemplate suicide, new research by a Christian debt counselling charity has revealed.
Cuts to benefits will hit Britain’s poorest the hardest - Churches
Four major Churches, representing more than one million people across Britain, have stated that Government cuts are unjust and that the most vulnerable will pay a disproportionate price in the Government’s austerity measures.
Given Assembly's London setting, it was fitting there was a distinct multicultural flavour to communion on Sunday morning.
Could you turn off your mobile for one day?
Could you turn off your mobile for just one day to make a stand for the victims of war, sexual violence and corruption in Africa? That's the question being asked this weekend - on Sunday 30 June.
'Corporate world should follow Jimmy Carr's example on tax avoidance'
The corporate world should echo Jimmy Carr's tax pledge, according to international development charity Christian Aid.
Communications Awards’ winners announced
The winners of the 2012 BUGB Communications Awards have been revealed exclusively to The Baptist Times.
Coming to faith in Stratford
'God loves you, he cares about your life - this is the Christian message.' Evangelist Roger Murphy of Through Faith Missions is speaking through a microphone to a growing crowd of people just around the corner from the Olympic Stadium.
Come home again - Scottish Baptist Assembly begins
Following Christ's example of travelling to the places where it might be assumed God is not to be found, wanted, or even needed will be a feature of this year's Baptist Assembly in Scotland.
Clamp down on UK-linked tax havens key to success of G8
UK-linked tax havens are at the centre of a global financial system that encourages crime, corruption and aggressive tax avoidance in developing countries, reveals a new report from the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign.
Churches which buck the trend to reach 'missing generation' of young adults
New research has identified five types of churches which are bucking the trend in reaching and discipling the 'missing generation' of people in their 20s and 30s.
Churches welcome Osborne's VAT backdown
Church leaders have welcomed George Osborne’s plans to increase grants to cover VAT increase on alterations to listed places of worship.
Churches respond to tragic death of Tia Sharp
Churches are offering their support to the people of New Addington, London following the tragic death of Tia Sharp.
Churches put Government's green credentials on trial
Four major British Churches have warned that the Government's draft Energy Bill would set the UK up for failure on carbon targets
Churches organise major festival for Paralympics' opening
Churches in the town where the Paralympic movement was born have co-ordinated a bumper free festival to coincide with the opening of the Games tonight.
Churches Olympics Boost
Thousands of churches have fresh confidence thanks to the success of London 2012.
Churches launch advent calendar that focuses on the homeless
Churches are offering people an advent calendar with a difference this Christmas to highlight the plight of the homeless.
Churches join alliance calling on MPs to back decarbonisation target in the Commons
The Methodist Church, the Baptist Union of Great Britain and the United Reformed Church are among 55 organisations calling on MPs to vote in favour of a decarbonisation measure in the House of Commons on 4 June.
Churches highlight Arms Trade Treaty ahead of Peacemaking Sunday
As churches across Britain prepare to celebrate Peacemaking Sunday on 23 September, church leaders have written to William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, highlighting the importance of the recent United Nations negotiations over the Arms Trade Treaty and n
Churches' disappointment at Rio summit
Three major British Churches have voiced their disappointment that the Rio+20 Earth Summit has not made progress on the environmental challenges that face the global community.
Churches criticise gambling report
Giving the go-ahead for more gaming machines on the high street threatens to trigger a surge in problem gambling, church groups have warned after Parliament published its report into gambling.
Churches' concern at benefit capping ahead of House of Lords debate
Baptists have joined several denominations in backing a call, endorsed by new Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Revd Justin Welby, for urgent steps to prevent hundreds of thousands of children being plunged into poverty.
Churches challenge Foreign Secretary on U.S drone strikes
The Baptist Union of Great Britain has joined the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church in calling on the Foreign Secretary to distance the UK Government from the United States Government's practice of using missiles to target individuals suspec
Churches boosted by Jubilee activities
Baptist churches that hosted celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee over the weekend have been excited by the response from their communities.
Church treasurer news
A national charity for church treasurers has issued revised guidance on the changes to Gift Aid.
Christians would pay more internet charges to block porn
Just over half of UK Christians would be prepared to pay more for their internet usage if it meant greater restrictions on the accessing of porn.
Christians should 'fear not'
Christians need to have less fear of the media and be bolder about proclaiming the gospel
Christians from different cultures challenged to find new ways of working alongside each other
Christians from different cultures have been challenged to find new ways of working alongside each other to arrest a decline at the heart of denominational life.
Christian response to corruption launched
A new global Christian campaign taking a stand against corruption has been launched in London.
Christian plea for last British resident in Guantanamo Bay
Human rights campaigners in Wales are urging Foreign Secretary William Hague to make a fresh public plea for the return of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident detained in Guantanamo Bay
Christian Aid praises Andrew Mitchell
Christian Aid has praised Andrew Mitchell, the former head of the Department for International Development (DfID) - but believes the department needs to do more end dependency on aid.
Children have a role in the church - today, not just the future
Children at the Baptist Assembly went back in time to explore what church is all about - then zoomed to the future to reflect on what it might look like in the years to come.
Chariots of Fire: red carpet and outreach opportunites
Churches have been given the opportunity to win tickets to the red-carpet premiere of the digitally remastered Chariots of Fire in London.
Chancellor’s Budget 'is an opportunity to end myths about poverty'
Four of Britain's Churches have called on Chancellor George Osborne to 'end myths about poverty' in the Budget on Wednesday.
Celebrate seafarers this Sunday
A new worship song by Graham Kendrick and a reflection from Adrian Plass are part of a series of resources have been created to help churches mark this year's Sea Sunday.
We need to stop being Christians 'up to a point' - and give our lives fully to Jesus.
Campaign for Windrush Day
A campaign for a national day to celebrate the contributions of those who have come from overseas to Britain is gathering pace.
Calver family to lead at Gorsley
People attending the popular Gorsley Festival in Herefordshire this August Bank Holiday weekend will get three Calvers for the price of one.
Building a new generation
Where are the 18-30 year olds in our churches – and how to resource the ones who are?
BUGB organises day of prayer for 9 September
The Baptist Union of Great Britain has invited churches to take part in a day of prayer on 9 September.
BUGB Head of Communications moving on
One of the most familiar faces in our Baptist Union of Great Britain is moving to pastures new.
Brian McLaren to explore inter faith engagement on UK tour
Christianity must engage with and respect other faiths. That is the view of public theologian and regular Greenbelt speaker Brian McLaren which he will share with UK audiences later this month.
BMS World Mission asks George Osborne to maintain UK's overseas aid spending commitments
BMS World Mission general director the Revd David Kerrigan has asked Chancellor George Osborne to maintain the promise of allocating 0.7 per cent of the UK's national income to overseas aid in next week's budget.
BMS retains services of Barclays - on the promise of change
BMS World Mission has announced that, following an extensive re-tendering exercise for banking services, it will retain the services of Barclays.
'Blood and organ donation not yet part of the Church's giving culture' - survey
A new survey suggests that while individual church members may have a significant interest in donating blood and organs, it is not encouraged by UK churches as part of their committed Christian giving.
Bishops and Church leaders call on Government ministers to apologise
An alliance of Churches representing Christians from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland has written to the Prime Minister asking for an apology on behalf of the Government for misrepresenting the poor.
Big Society opportunities
One of the Assembly day conferences looked at the challenges and opportunities for churches in the Big Society.
Big IF London rally to tackle global hunger
Thousands are expected to attend a rally in London on Saturday to demand that world leaders tackle the causes of global hunger.
Big Hearts in the Southern Counties - latest leg of Chris Duffett's presidential tour
A new resolve for evangelism - that was the response from the Southern Counties Baptist Association following the visit of Union president Chris Duffett at the weekend.
'Be strong, united, cheerful and holy'
‘It’s time to go, to close the letter, to leave Blackpool, to go on being lights that shine in the darkness of Philippi, to go on shining in Manchester and Birmingham, Glasgow, Bridgend and Belfast.’
Baptists welcome Justin Welby as next Archbishop of Canterbury
Baptists have warmly welcomed the appointment of the Revd Justin Welby as the next Archbishop of Canterbury, citing his wisdom, mediation skills and commitment to mission.
Baptists to dispel Inter Faith myths with new resource
'God only works through Christians', 'Other faiths only engage in Inter Faith relations to convert us' and 'We can't work alongside people of other faiths'
Baptist time out scheme - for all ages
Do you want to spend more time serving God? The mission department of the Baptist Union of Great Britain has teamed up with four organisations to offer individuals of any age the opportunity of a gap year or time out.
Baptist minister appointed Honorary Chaplain to The Queen
Baptist minister the Revd Roland Wort has been appointed as an Honorary Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen.
Baptist concern over listed building VAT rise
Members of a Baptist church which is upgrading its listed building have backed calls to oppose an unpopular VAT increase in the recent budget.
Baptist churches to join in national day of prayer
Baptists are being invited to join an estimated 80,000 people at a day of prayer and worship at Wembley Stadium on 29 September. 30,000 have already ordered tickets for this major event being headed up by Jonathan Oloyede.
Baptist Church House in London to be converted to a hotel
The former offices of the Baptist Union of Great Britain is to be redeveloped into a hotel
Baptist chaplain speaks on Songs of Praise about Prisons Week
Baptist minister Bob Wilson leading a service at HMP Wayland. It was filmed by Songs by PraiseA Baptist minister appeared on Songs of Praise on Sunday as churches across the UK were encouraged to focus on everything related to prisons this week.
Baptist chaplain honours the dead
There was Baptist involvement at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday.
Baptist Assembly to return to Blackpool
The Baptist Assembly is to return to the seaside in 2013 with an all British Baptist line-up of speakers.
Baptist Assembly 2013 opens
The Revds Jonathan Edwards and David KerriganThe Baptist Assembly has the opportunity to appoint the Revd Lynn Green as the next general secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.
Backing for national day of prayer
Baptists churches have been encouraged to take part in a national day of prayer and worship at Wembley stadium later this year.
Atheists in 'praying to God' experiment
Fifty confirmed atheists have begun a 40-day prayer experiment to investigate whether God exists.
Assembly's opportunity to speak about the future
Recapturing the radical spirit of the early Baptists by supporting pioneering ministries was among the range of opinions expressed on the future of the Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB) on Sunday.
Art installations to help combat human trafficking
A creative campaign has been organised to combat human trafficking throughout the Olympics.
'Appalling' 'Progressive' - reaction to Girlguiding updating its Promise
There has been a mixed reaction to news that Girlguiding has dropped the word God from its Promise.
Announcement of new Co-Principals for Northern Baptist Learning Community
The governors of the Northern Baptist Learning Community have announced that the Revd Glen Marshall and the Revd Dr Clare McBeath are to be appointed as Co-Principals.
Andy Frost appointed to lead Crossing London
Andy Frost has been appointed to lead Crossing London mission initiative following the withdrawal of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association earlier this year.
Accused, abused and confused
The likelihood a sex offender attends your church is incredibly high, an Assembly seminar audience was told.
A Sunday at two very different Baptist churches in East London
From street games in a bustling Brick Lane to having the last few sentences of his sermon drowned out amid clapping and stamping of feet, the Revd Jonathan Edwards experienced two very different expressions of Baptist life on Sunday.
A new Baptist Order
A shared Baptist Daily Office; a commitment to prayer and attentiveness; to gathering through cell groups and an annual convocation - such are the features of a new, and rare, Baptist Order.
A big jubilee thanks
A letter thanking Her Majesty The Queen for 60 years of service containing thousands of comments and signatures including over 200 responses from Baptist churches has been delivered to Buckingham Palace.
A Big Hearted God
Baptist churches and everyone within them has a 'royal decree' to reach the un-reached with Jesus - and they need to think of new ways of doing it.
1,000 views for new Baptist film
The makers of a new film on Baptist identity are excited by the reaction it has received.
Get Social, Churches Told
Baptist churches in the UK have been encouraged to maximise the potential of social media.
Deconstructing the Notion of Race: Second Annual Sam Sharpe Lecture
The Revd Dr Neville Callam, general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance, will deliver the lecture
London Church Attendance ‘Growing Fast’
Total attendance has jumped 16 per cent in seven years
John Humphrys’ Programme on Benefits Breached BBC Rules
A BBC television programme that spoke of a ‘benefits dependency culture’, breached the corporation's own rules ...
Christians Airbrushed Women Out of History
A band of forgotten women were hugely influential in the rise of Christianity - but their contribution has been neglected
Thinking Theologically About Human Genetic Selection - the 2013 Whitley Lecture
Answering Mendel's Dwarf: Thinking Theologically About Human Genetic Selection
The Persecuted Church in Iran
The church in Iran is growing faster than any time in history
The Nigerian Athlete Running for Jesus
A Nigerian athlete competing in the Olympics for the first time has revealed the importance of her Christian faith - both in the good times and bad
The Hidden Cost of Tax Injustice is Hunger, says Christian Aid
The scandal of world hunger could soon be ended if the revenues that developing countries lose through tax dodging were available to them to invest in agricultural development, says a new report from Christian Aid
Telling Our Story - and Living Our Story
To live well as God's people we need to be remembering and telling stories of people who have gone before us, as well as our own
Tell Your Big Hearted Stories
Evangelist Chris Duffett, the current president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, is looking for your stories of sharing the gospel
'Tax dodgers should be shamed' - Peter Oborne
Political commentator and Daily Telegraph journalist Peter Oborne called for tax dodgers to be named and shamed at a Christian Aid-organised debate on the morality of tax dodging.
Tax Avoidance 'Morally Wrong' - New Poll
More than half British adults (56 per cent) believe that tax avoidance by multinational companies, while a technically legal way of reducing what they owe the taxman, is morally wrong
Support for Big Welcome
According to a survey by the BUGB Mission Department 87 per cent of churches that took part said they would definitely do it again next year with 13 per cent saying they may do it again. No church said they would definitely not run the initiative in 2013.
Stepping Up - Stepping Out
The Baptist Men's Movement met recently for its annual conference, where delegates were challenged to let go of how things have been done in the past, and in the words of one speaker, 'to pick up the Bible and run with it'. New chair Tony Aylward reports
Starting Advent, Adventurously
A number of Baptists have teamed up with Greenbelt to organise an exciting one-day festival in December
Spurgeon's Seals Validation Agreement with University of Manchester
Spurgeon's College has announced it has sealed a new validation agreement with the University of Manchester. Under the agreement, the University will begin validating the College's undergraduate and postgraduate courses, starting this academic year
Spurgeon's College Gains Highly Trusted Sponsor Status with UK Border Agency
Spurgeon's College has announced it has now become one of the few theological colleges in Great Britain to be granted 'Highly Trusted Sponsor Status' with the UK Border Agency
Spurgeon's Appoints First Female Chair of Governors
Spurgeon's College has appointed its first lay and female Chair of Governors
Scaling Olympic Heights
Churches have been given a major confidence boost thanks to their mission activities around the Olympic and Paralympic Games
Rowan Williams Begins New Social Justice Role as Chair of Christian Aid
Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, becomes Chair of Christian Aid's Board of Trustees on 1 May with a plea to Christians to become agents of social justice
Rise in Organ Donation, But More Donors Still Needed
The number of people donating organs after death has risen 50 per cent since 2008, it has been announced - but more donors are needed and the Church has been called on to help in a campaign backed by the Baptist Union of Great Britain
'Ring the bells and pray over Games'
Christians and churches across the country are being encouraged to pray and make a noise and join in the nationwide mass bell ringing planned for Friday, the day of the official opening of the 2012 Games
Resource to Help Congregations Train Those Who are Unemployed Launched by Christians Against Poverty
A new resource that will enable churches to help people gain employment has launched 6 March
Re-imagining the Church
Baptists have been challenged to expand their horizons of what church is - and re-imagine what it can be
Reduction in NHS Chaplains, New Research Shows
Nearly 40 per cent of Acute Hospital Trusts in England have fewer chaplains than they did in 2009. In addition 47 per cent have reduced the hours that chaplains are on duty
Record-Breaking Numbers Using Foodbanks
A record-breaking 100,000 people have received emergency food from its church-led foodbanks in just six months
Recognition of Ministers and Valediction of Mission Workers
The recognition of Baptist ministers transferred to the fully accredited list and the valediction of BMS World Mission workers took place on the Saturday evening session at the Baptist Assembly
Reclaiming St George as a 'national symbol of inclusivity rather than a symbol of hatred'
The Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB) has joined a number of faith groups and campaigners in asking for St George to be representative of all English peoples.
Reclaiming Joy and Hope in the Local Church
Joy and hope in the local church come with the right approach to being God's people - and the Apostle Paul has much to tell us about what this approach is
Reasons to Believe
Christians should never be more ready to give a coherent response for their faith, particularly in an age where atheists are more aggressive
Real Easter Egg Now Stocked by Tesco and Sainsbury's
The UK's two biggest supermarkets are to stock a religious-themed Easter egg for the first time
Reaction from the London IF Rally
A packed ecumenical service, aid agencies working together, inspiring addresses from the likes of Danny Boyle, an incredible art installation, a genuine sense that global hunger can be tackled - these were some of the highlights from Baptists who attended
Reaching Out to the Missing Generation
To attract the missing generations of young adults, churches have been encouraged to be more flexible and show more support for that age group among their congregations
Rally to Promote Palliative Care and Oppose Euthanasia
A rally has been organised to equip and mobilise people to make a stand for the vulnerable who are at risk from any change in the law on assisted suicide
Questions Christians Need To Be Asking About Social Media
Whether we like it or not, social media is here and its potential for communication and new relationships present Christians with a range of theological issues to ponder
'Punching holes in the darkness' - BMS
So said Jeff Taylor, chair of the BMS Board of Trustees, as he welcomed delegates to the BMS AGM
Prospects Role for Jonathan Edwards
The Revd Jonathan Edwards has been appointed as the first Executive Ambassador for the charity Prospects
Proposals to Criminalise Those Who Pay for Sex in Scotland Welcomed
Proposals to criminalise those who purchase sexual services in Scotland is the best approach to help tackle sexual exploitation by reducing demand, according to the charity Christian Action Education Research (CARE)
Praying for the Union
Thousands of people are expected to take part in a day of prayer for the Baptist Union of Great Britain on Sunday
Prayer, mission and gracious partnership - Jonathan Edwards' final address
Delegates gave the Revd Jonathan Edwards a standing ovation as he made his farewell Assembly address as General Secretary.
Prayer Urged for Council
Members of Baptist churches have been invited to continue praying for Baptist Union Council, which meets in just over two weeks (12 - 14 November).
Prayer for Assembly More Important Than Ever This Year
The Baptist Assembly 2012 has opened as normal with a time of prayer for the gathering
'Pray for Council'
Prayers are being sought for Baptist Union Council, which is looking at potential new ways of working for the Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB) during a specially convened meeting this week
Poverty Won't End Until Global Corruption is Eradicated - Campolo
Poverty won't end until global corruption is eradicated. That was the view of Dr Tony Campolo as he addressed UK parliamentarians from both houses and parties in Portcullis House at the House of Commons on Wednesday
Philip Putman, BUGB Head of Finance and Administration, Retires
Philip Putman, the Head of Finance and Administration at the Baptist Union of Great Britain, retires this week
'People who do God, do good' - Baroness Warsi
A prominent Government minister and the architect of the Big Society have praised people of faith following the official launch of a report showing the total contribution by churches to social initiatives is worth more than £2.5bn per annum
'Parents struggling to give children emotional support they need' - Charity
Though they may be physically present, more and more parents are becoming 'absent in the home' and struggling to give their children the emotional support they need due to long work hours and financial pressures
Outreach Opportunities for Churches Around New George Lucas Film
New resources have been produced for churches wanting to engage with their communities around the latest George Lucas film
'Our way of reaching the world must be incarnational'
'If God's way of reaching the world was through the incarnation of Christ, then our way of reaching the world must also be incarnational'
Operation Agri Runner's London Marathon Determination Post-Boston
The tragedy in Boston has made a keen rugby player representing a Baptist charity even more determined to complete the London Marathon this weekend
One Morning, Two AGMs
The AGMs of BMS World Mission and the Baptist Union of Great Britain were held in the same session on Sunday morning
One in Three Now Boycotting Companies Following Tax Revelations
Millions of Britons are boycotting companies seen to be avoiding their fair share of UK tax, new research from Christian Aid reveals
Nigel Wright to Retire as Principal of Spurgeon's College
Dr Nigel Wright has announced he will retire as principal of Spurgeon's College at the end of the next academic year. He will turn 65 during the subsequent academic year
New Website Launches to Tackle the Question of the Missing 18-30s Generation
A new website which seeks to play a part in addressing the lack of 18-30 year olds in Baptist churches has been launched
New Resource to Help Churches Become Fully Intergenerational
A new resource from the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Arise Ministries helping churches become fully intergenerational, providing a lasting discipleship for its children and young people
New Report Highlights Relationship Between Faith Groups and Local Authorities
Local authorities have expressed how vital faith organisations are - as well as outlining areas for improvement
New 'pre-Alpha' DVD Explores the Common Questions
“What’s the point? Why am I here? Can we possibly be on our own?”
New Online Learning Resources from Spurgeon's College
A new way to learn practical theology and church skills has been announced by Spurgeon's College
New HOPE Resources to Equip Churches in Mission
New resources to help churches work together at the heart of their communities have been launched by HOPE, the national mission charity
New Flickr Group for Baptists
Photos of Baptist churches and events can now be shared more freely following the creation of a new group on the photograph sharing website Flickr
New Course Offers Accreditation for Baptist Pioneers
People interested in exploring new forms of church and ministry can now be accredited as pioneers by our Baptist Union of Great Britain
New Bible Resource for People with Learning Difficulties to Get Greenbelt Launch
A new Bible story themed resource pack for people with learning difficulties is being launched at next week's Greenbelt Festival
New Baptist Heritage Centre Officially Opens
A new Baptist Heritage Centre which brings the story of BMS World Mission to life has opened - just yards from the very first meeting of the organisation more than 200 years ago
New Appointments at Spurgeon's College
Spurgeon's College has announced two major new appointments - the Vice Principal and a tutor in Theology and Public Thought
New appointment at the Northern Baptist Learning Community
The Northern Baptist Learning Community has announced the appointment of the Revd Dr Tim Mountain to the position of tutor
Network to Empower Women Launched
At the very same moment the General Synod voted to reject women bishops on Tuesday night, dozens of women joined MPs in the House of Commons to launch a new network to empower women
National Prayer Day for Parent and Toddler Groups
The third annual National Day of Prayer for parent and toddler groups will take place on Sunday 2 June 2013, and is timed to coincide with National Family week
Namibian Wrestler Says with God a Medal is a Possibility
Wrestler Sem Shilimela, won a silver medal at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and is a total believer that with God on his side, anything is possible
Musical Festival Marks 70 Years of London School of Theology
The London School of Theology is celebrating its 70 years of training by hosting a music festival with a theological twist
Multi-Cultural Church Focus at Next Spurgeon's Conference
An analysis of how power is used and abused in multi-cultural churches will be presented at the next conference at Spurgeon's College
Moved by the Injustices of the World, the Boy Who Raised Thousands in Less than a Week
A six year old who aimed to raise £60 to tackle poverty after watching a Tearfund film has seen his appeal snowball
Monday Morning Plenary Session: Discussion on Same Sex Relationships
There is a real sense that Baptists want to wrestle with the issue of how to respond to faithful, same sex relationships
Mission template in the shadow of the Olympic Park
For a small inner city church with limited resources Victoria Park Baptist in Bow is having a busy Olympics.
Mission course given training status
A course which helps Christians to explore mission on the margins of church life has received a new recognition.
Missing Generation nominated in New Media awards
The nominations for the latest Christian New Media Awards have been announced - and feature a number of Baptists.
Ministers and mission workers affirmed together
Ministers and mission workers joined each other on the Assembly stage on Saturday.
Methodists urged to fight poverty by Daleep Mukarji
The newly inaugurated Vice-President of the Methodist Conference, Dr Daleep Mukarji, called on the Methodist people to 'speak out, take sides,' and 'stand up for justice' in his inaugural address to the Methodist Conference.
Matt Redman wins two Grammys
Christian worship leader Matt Redman picked up two awards at the 55th Grammys in Los Angeles on Sunday.
'Making your church more accessible to disabled people does not make you inclusive'
Making your church more accessible to disabled people does not make you inclusive.
Major Churches join call for tough action on climate change
The Government's new Energy Bill must prioritise low carbon power, say five of Britain's major Churches.
Lynn Green elected new General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain
The Revd Lynn Green has been unanimously elected as the next general secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.
Lords pass Same Sex Couples Bill
Legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry in England and Wales passed through the House of Lords on Tuesday.
Less centralised leadership, more missional communities - tips on church growth
The leader of the largest church in the UK outside London revealed to Baptist ministers why it has achieved enormous growth over the last few years.
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Launch of new Baptist film
Baptists from the past and present are celebrated in a newfilm that has been launched on You Tube.
Jubilee plans for many churches
A church teaming up with a slimming club is just one example of the many ways Baptists will be celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this Bank Holiday weekend.
Journalists must improve religious literacy - BBC Trust report
A recommendation by the Evangelical Alliance to the BBC that religious literacy forms part of the mainstream programme of training for journalists is reflected in the latest report by the BBC Trust.
'Join the dots between action, politics and discipleship' - Feb conference
The Revd Dr Giles Fraser is a guest speaker at a conference organised by the Joint Public Issues Team of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, the Methodist Church and United Reformed Church in February.
Jenni Entrican confirmed as next Vice-President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain
The Revd Jenni Entrican has been officially elected as the next Vice President of our Baptist Union.
Issues lurking beneath the surface of a multi-cultural church
Why don't white people go to black churches? And why do some black people go to white-led churches?
Inter Faith Network statement backed by BUGB
The Baptist Union of Great Britain has endorsed a statement by the Inter Faith Network for the UK in the wake of the murder of soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich.
Inter faith encouragement
Are Muslims taking over the country? Does inter faith engagement mean we sell out on our beliefs and weaken our faith?
Inspectors praise Bristol Baptist College
Bristol Baptist College - the world's oldest Baptist College - has received a highly encouraging inspection.
Indian and UK church planting expertise brought together at Baptist Assembly
Church planting experience in the UK will be brought into creative dialogue with overseas mission at this year's Baptist Assembly.
Increasing unity a theme ahead of Baptist Assembly in Wales
Excitement about the future and the deepening relationships in Wales are at the heart of this year's Baptist Assembly there.
'I believe in preaching' - David Coffey
'I am convinced that the health of a church is intimately related to the quality of the preaching.'
Huge growth in foodbanks
Church-led foodbanks doubled the number of people they fed over the last 12 months.
How a six-step evangelism strategy could lead people to their Saviour
Want to improve your evangelism to the local community? A Baptist minister has suggested a six step outreach strategy could help - and has even written an App to capture it.
'Historic Assembly' opens - and will look to the future
This year's Baptist Assembly will draw from the past to look to the future.
Hillsborough justice campaign inspires new Advent resource
The campaign for justice that led to the enquiry into the Hillsborough tragedy has inspired a new Advent resource by a Baptist regional minister.
Gulf war veteran and former Army Bandmaster joins Spurgeon's
A former Army Bandmaster and veteran of the first Gulf War has been appointed new business manager at Spurgeon's College.
Youth for Christ Launches Film Resource to Help Reach the Missing Generation
How do you reach the missing generation of young adults?
Young People Leading Young People
The first ever Baptist youth concert saw 40 people make a commitment to Christ, reports Chris Hall
'Write to your MP about Sunday Trading'
Churches have been encouraged to write to their MPs about the relaxation in Sunday trading laws during the Olympics
Women Church Leaders Tell How It Is - and How It Should Be
Launch of significant new report and recommendations for churches and ecumenical bodies on International Women's Day
Win a Fully Funded Place at London School of Theology
The London School of Theology is offering a fully-funded, part-time study place in a new competition
Westminster Faith Debate: Religion in Public Life
The last of the Westminster Faith Debates - and Jonathan Barr of the Joint Public Issues Team was there
'We need to keep taking risks as welcomers'
Christian unity - and challenges - at the Preston Guild
'Walk on with dignity' - Blessing Read at Hillsborough Vigil
A Baptist minister led the final prayer of blessing at a vigil in the centre of Liverpool to remember the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy on Wednesday
Wales: Persevering in Mission
As befits an Olympic year, the Baptist Assembly in Wales held last weekend, in a rain-lashed Carmarthen, centred around a theme of 'running the race together'
Urban Expression Celebrates 15 Years
A mission agency which has commissioned dozens of people to undertake church planting in tough urban situations is marking its 15th birthday this weekend - with a distinct nod to Baptist history
Evangelism is a word that can evoke fear in Christians, but Chris Duffett continued to offer a compelling case as to why churches and Christians should be giving it a go
United in Day of Prayer
Thousands of people took part in the Day of Prayer for the Baptist Union of Great Britain on Sunday - and to build on that momentum specific prayer points from Association will now be uploaded to the BUGB website each Friday
Undefeated - Celebrating Paralympians and Campaigning on Global Injustice
A new campaign to secure better rights for disabled people around the world - and to inspire churches to celebrate the faith and excellence of Paralympians - was launched at the Baptist Assembly
'UK needs more missionaries from overseas'
A new poll of Christians reveals overwhelming acceptance that there is a need in the UK for missionaries from overseas.
UK Can Lead G8 in Striking at Causes of Global Poverty, say Religious Leaders
Religious leaders from across the G8 countries have called on heads of government to follow the UK in fulfilling existing commitments to spend 0.7 per cent of national income on aid
Turning the Tables on Mission
Five speakers shared their journey from the Caribbean, Africa and Latin America to Britain in an Assembly day conference
Truth and Lies About Poverty - New Church Report 'Ends Comfortable Myths About Poverty'
Evidence and statistics have been misused, misrepresented and manipulated by politicians and the media to create myths that blame and stigmatise the most vulnerable in society, according to a new, hard-hitting church report
Tributes as Bernard Green, Former General Secretary, Dies
The Revd Bernard Green, former general secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB) passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday morning surrounded by family
Thousands Visit Wintershall to Watch Live Jesus Play, Despite Rain
Thousands watched a stunning re-enactment of Jesus’ life last week, despite the often rainy weather
Thousands of Postcards in Cinemas Ask Intriguing Question - and Point to Jesus
Thousands of attractive postcards asking, "at what moment in your life did you feel most fully alive?" are greeting cinema goers across the country
Thousands fill Wembley Stadium with worship and prayer
Thirty-two thousand Christians united in prayer for the nation at an expectant and uplifted Wembley Stadium on Saturday.
What was the Impact of MLK’s “I Have a Dream…” Speech?
A number of Baptist Associations will be exploring the legacy of Martin Luther King’s seminal ‘I Have a Dream…’ speech this autumn
New Blood and Organ Donors Every Two Minutes at Greenbelt
Hundreds of festival goers signed up to become blood and organ donors at Greenbelt last month for the fleshandblood campaign, supported by the Baptist Union of Great Britain
Public Urge Crackdown on Company Secrecy Offered by UK and Its Tax Havens
The majority of Britons believe that company owners should not be allowed to keep their identities secret.....
Welcome for Parliament Syria Vote
Leaders from the Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB), the United Reformed Church (URC) and the Methodist Church in Britain have given thanks for the decision of the UK Parliament to reject military action in Syria
Together for the common good
How can different Christian and other faith traditions work better for social justice? Report from a conference that has just looked at this very issue
Introducing the new website and logo
This is more than simply re-organising the available information or maintaining a fresh and contemporary design
Christians arrested at arms fair
Five Christians were arrested on Tuesday for blockading the entrance to an arms fair in London.
New era of Baptist life begins
A new stage of Baptist life began this week, as the Revd Lynn Green started her term as General Secretary alongside the launch of a new website, identity and magazine
Gathering to pray and launch HOPE 2014
Two events are taking place next month to launch a year of mission in 2014.
Online training programme for volunteer youth leaders now available to UK Baptist churches
Horizons is the free training platform for leaders in youth and children ministry throughout the European Baptist Federation
Church leaders to meet with front bench MPs at Party Conferences
Senior leaders from five Churches will meet with politicians at the Liberal Democrat, Labour and Conservative Party Conferences this month.
Tackling food poverty
Significant numbers of churches are now involved in the provision of a food bank - but what can they do to tackle the root causes of food poverty?
Lynn Green inducted as BUGB General Secretary
Guests from all over the UK travelled to the West Midlands to share in the uplifting service at Sutton Coldfield Baptist Church on Sunday.
'Urgent global action needed on global warming'
International develop charities respond to IPCC report on climate change and global warming
Standing inducted as Principal of Spurgeon’s
Tuesday’s service saw him become just the 12th Principal in the College’s 157 year history.
'Stop patronising the poor'
Anti-corruption movement issues open letter to world Government, business and church leaders
The Church and tackling unemployment
Churches could be doing a lot more to help people who are unemployed, according to a new report by the Evangelical Alliance.
Debt: call for tighter regulation of lending
Low-income customers are being charged up to six times the retail cost of furniture by the booming rent-to-own sector
No more page 3, says Girls' Brigade
GB backing a campaign to remove pictures of topless women from a national newspaper.
'Take a resolute stance against racism'
The church has a responsibility to oppose racism that still persists, even in the church: Neville Callam delivers the annual Sam Sharpe Lecture
Baptists' role in the abolition movement
An ambitious exhibition of previously unseen original texts, manuscripts and artefacts to open in the Angus Library
A night of hope - HOPE 14 launches
A season of prayer leading to HOPE 2014 is launched in front of 40,000 people at the Excel Centre
First ever night shelters conference
Hosted by Housing Justice, the national Christian housing and homelessness campaigning charity
Sharon Dirckx: exclusive interview
As Catalyst Live 2013 approaches, Sharon Dirckx talks about the intersection of science and faith in her life
The state of Religious Education
Religious Education has been the subject of a number of recent reports: analysis from the Baptist Education Group
Near sell out for Catalyst Live
Few tickets remain for the BMS-organised theology event later in November
The Baptist Assembly in Scotland
The headline speaker had to pull out, but the event saw a great deal of hope for the newly-forged future
Faith communities and adoption
A dedicated adoption and fostering information line for faith communities is launched
Changing face of Christianity in the UK
The mission of missionaries and church leaders from the majority world in the UK
Gardner appointed Girls’ Brigade president
Romance Academy’s Rachel Gardner has been appointed as president of Girls’ Brigade England and Wales.
New directors appointed for IMC
Claire and Mark Ord, former mission workers in Italy, are to share director’s role at BMS World Mission’s training facility.
Stand in the light: Prisons Week 2013
Churches across England and Wales are being invited to get to know their local prison
Beyond our walls - The Rooftop launches
New ministry aims to equip Christians to share the gospel confidently with those who are beyond their church buildings
Baptist support for women bishop vote
General Synod votes overwhelmingly on legislation that will pave way for ordination of female bishops
Baptist history's hidden treasure
A project providing opportunities to learn about the part Baptists played in the history of the UK and the world
Baptist minister's award for charity website
The Kick London website was chosen from over 100 entries in the Best Christian Organisation Website category
Exclusive interview with Michael Ramsden
He’s lectured at the White House and will be speaking at BMS World Mission’s Catalyst Live
Hope and the ‘sad sin’ of despair
Jurgen Moltmann encouraged Christians to hold onto hope and warned against despair at Catalyst Live
Pioneering gathering to be held March
Incarnate Network gathering: 'You will learn from stories of pioneering in different contexts'
UK Parish nursing celebrates 10 years
Baptist minister commissioned as the charity’s new chief executive at 10th birthday celebrations
The Pioneer Collective launches
Initiative which seeks to identify and support 400 new Baptist pioneers over the next five years
Changes for the Baptist Voice ministry
Two stalwarts of a Baptist audio ministry to those who are blind have recorded final programme.
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