Author: LaVeta Jones

New Health Insurance Options for Pastors

GuideStone to launch lower-cost Secure Health plan by Roy Hayhurst DALLAS (BP) — Churches and pastors looking for budget-minded health care coverage as well as protection for their employees and their families have another option to consider coming this summer. GuideStone Financial Resources, the financial services entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, will roll out its new GuideStone Secure Health plan during the June 12-13 SBC annual meeting in Dallas, with enrollment to begin July 1. “We hear daily from pastors and other church leaders who feel the tension between wanting to do right by their employees while also being...

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Annie Armstrong Celebration

By Cindy Mauldin PAOLI – Paoli Baptist Church hosted a church-wide Annie Armstrong luncheon on Sunday, April 29, celebrating missions and our missionaries.  Several topics presented included the life of Annie Armstrong; the role of NAMB; intentional discipleship in the day-to-day; why we give to missions and scriptural basis for missions.  Missionary prayer cards were distributed.  Attendees were encouraged to continue praying for our missionaries and to contact them personally.  Paoli was challenged to go out in the market place and be the light of the...

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5 Things I learned About Depression in Ministry

By Tony Rose Depression is spoken about often but seldom understood. I recently read a statement in a well-known Christian publication, “I’ve never met a bout of depression that a good night’s sleep wouldn’t fix.” I can tell you the author had never met depression. Here are five things I have learned, not just about depression, but through it. Depression is no respecter of persons. Depression is like a prowling monster looking for likely and unlikely candidates to lure into darkness. Do not buy into the lie that depression only affects the weak. Some of God’s great servants faced...

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first person@BRN: Church Planting Catalyst Rev. Anatoly Moshkovsky Retires

first person@BRN:  Rev. Anatoly Moshkovsky By LaVeta Jones PHILADELPHIA – Church Planting Catalyst Rev. Anatoly Moshkovsky recently retired from service to BRN and NAMB.  His journey to church planting began when he accepted Christ in 1971 in his home country Ukraine.  Stories about the life and ministry of his grandfather Paul, who was killed by the KGB, encouraged him to share about Christ with his friends and others.  As Rev. Moshkovsky grew in faith, he joined other Christians to start house churches in different villages. Rev. Moshkovsky recalls knowing he was called to plant churches when “God called me...

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