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June-July 2017

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Many churches adopt a consumer mentality, relying on the "professional" ministers to carry out the lion's share of the ministry. But this isn't biblical, and doesn't produce power in the church, writes Don Matchett. Instead, he urges churches to give ownership, empowerment, to the entire congregation. "Isn't this the theme of the Great Commission? Be a disciple and make disciples." Everyone, working together to fulfill their God-given responsibility. That's the power of empowerment.

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Home Run in Louisville: Hitting the Highlights of the 2017 Convention

When the National Association met in Louisville in 2005, the post-convention report described the meeting as the “Grand Slam in Louisville.” In this year’s return to the slugger city, the convention hit another home run. Enjoy the highlights that made the week one to remember.

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Take a Walk Through Free Will Baptist History

What do you really know about Free Will Baptists? Perhaps you have heard the word Baptist all your life without stopping to consider where the name came from. Maybe you didn't realize there are dozens of Baptist groups: Missionary Baptists, Primitive Baptists, American Baptists, Independent Baptists, General Baptists, Regular Baptists, and more.

And why would one group of Baptists add "Free Will" to the front of their name? How are they different from more than 20 other Baptist groups? The Free Will Baptists in the South began in 1727, making this one of the oldest Baptist groups in the United States. For more than 250 years, Free Will Baptist churches have contributed to the moral and spiritual fibre of our nation. Would you like to know more?

Visit today, a website created by the Free Will Baptist Historical Commission, that makes important Free Will Baptist historical documents available for download, including books of historical record, biographies, periodicals, minutes from the national conventions, and more. It also contains a regularly updated history blog and an ever-growing list of publically accessible Free Will Baptist history collections.



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