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Which Way Forward: Toward Unity or Division?

By Alex on July 12th, 2016 in Church Health | 19 Comments

The call to unity resonated with Southern Baptist Convention (“SBC”) messengers who convened in St. Louis earlier this summer.  Significant action toward racial reconciliation was taken with overwhelming support. The presidential election went to a second ballot between two candidates who represented different views, styles, and emphases within the SBC. The second ballot ended in […]

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Mourning and Hope in Violent Times: Practical Steps Toward Understanding and Change

By Alex on July 12th, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Mourning the violence this week feeling somewhat helpless in response, I attended Harbor Community Church this past Sunday.  Pastor James Welch delivered a powerful sermon exhorting the white community to seek a new understanding of recent events and to act in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of racial minorities, who undergo both subtle and […]

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Shawn Powers to Lead Baptist Community Health Services

By Alex on March 16th, 2016 in Compassion Ministry | No Comments

The New Orleans Baptist Association (NOBA) is pleased to announce that the Reverend Shawn Powers has accepted the post of CEO of Baptist Community Health Services (BCHS). BCHS is the New Orleans based medical mission that was launched post-Katrina by the churches of NOBA and the North American Mission Board. Powers said that under his […]

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After the Storm

By Alex on March 2nd, 2016 in Compassion Ministry | No Comments

On Tuesday afternoon, February 23, 2016, an EF2 tornado struck LaPlace, Louisiana. The tornado hit with maximum wind speeds of 130 mph. The base was 1/4 mile wide and traveled several miles through the community, damaging over 500 homes and businesses. Several injuries were reported, though none were reported to be life-threatening. The community gathered […]

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BCHS and Kingdom Impact

By Alex on September 3rd, 2015 in Compassion Ministry | No Comments

  Baptist Community Health Services is open and operational in the newly built Sanchez Center in the Lower 9th Ward. I got to visit the Sanchez Center on BCHS’s first day to see how things were going. Mrs. Carolyn Fountain was diligently working the front desk, welcoming patients. “It’s been a good day; a busy […]

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Memorial Baptist: A Turnaround Church

By Alex on August 20th, 2015 in Church Health | 2 Comments

  Church revitalizations often get overlooked, but it is a cause of great celebration when a congregation reverses the life cycle. Memorial Baptist Church in Metairie is an example of a church that has returned to vitality from death’s door.

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Exciting News: NOBA’s Church Incubator

By Alex on August 13th, 2015 in Church Planting | No Comments

The population of Metairie, LA is approximately 138,000 people. Imagine this vision: 138 churches with a thousand members each in Metairie alone. May it be so Lord! Metairie is just one of the cities within one of the parishes within our 6-parish Association. We have a tremendous opportunity to begin and grow new churches, and NOBA is committed to helping […]

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The Heroes Among Us

By Alex on November 15th, 2014 in Church Health | No Comments

Of NOBA’s 125 churches and missions, 43 are African-American, Spanish speaking, or Asian congregations. We are the most ethically diverse association in the state. The SBC is beginning to reflect the diversity of our faith community in New Orleans, with about 10,000 “ethnic” congregations among the 46,124 churches of the SBC.

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