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Church plant baptism

Baptism at La Chapelle church in Montreal, Quebec. Photo courtesy of La Chapelle Church.

Within months of its launch, a new Montreal church plant named La Chapelle was moving to two services to accommodate almost 700 people attending the young Quebecois congregation.

In terms of growth, La Chapelle stands out among church plants, and it certainly stands out among churches in the Montreal Cosmopolitan Area. Very few churches in the city surpass an attendance of fifty.

But according to the North American Mission Board, La Chapelle also exemplifies some important trends among church plants—including exceptional evangelistic fruitfulness.

There's another phenomenon this church has experienced. Last year they baptized more than seventy people, a nearly astronomical number for this post-Christian city.

As one of few French-speaking Evangelical churches in an area where French-speaking churches are mostly Catholic and declining, La Chapelle...

Month-Long Emphasis in January 2013 Helps Churches Prioritize Prayer

Southern Baptist leaders are hoping churches will start 2013 with an emphasis on prayer and the lost during the month-long SBC Call to Prayer beginning January 1.

The effort will help congregations focus on prayer in several key sets of relationships, seeking ways to engage those without Christ.

“The SBC Call to Prayer is a pivotal opportunity as churches cast a vision for ministry in 2013,” said SBC President Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans. “This coming January we will have the chance to gather as a denomination and center our thoughts and prayers on the lost in our communities and around the world.”

Among the emphases of the SBC Call to Prayer are:

• My Family and Friends.
Select a friend or family member and pray that they would come to faith in Christ.

• My Nation.
Select a Send North America city and pray for the church planting efforts in that area (www.namb.net/cities).

• My World.
Sele...

There's no better time than June to visit New Orleans. Add to jazz, beignets, and the French Quarter the attraction of city residents who have grown to love Southern Baptists, and you have perfect chemistry for a successful Crossover 2012.

Hundreds of SBC volunteers—from Louisiana and across the nation—will join together for the key evangelistic outreach event prior to the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, slated for June 15-16 in New Orleans.

Southern Baptists have poured heart, soul, and sweat into the Crescent City since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

"We all have our Katrina stories," said Jack Hunter, executive director for the New Orleans Baptist Association and a lifetime resident of the city. "But for the most part we've gotten beyond Katrina and we're now in a rebuilding mode."

In city government, in education, and in economic stability, New Orleans has a new heart. A recent study suggests the city also has a new attitude toward Christi...

Soft breezes and sun filter along the Black Hills near Custer to fill a rustic camp at the edge of town. As evening settles, Jeff "Noose" Nuzziard performs a sound check for a band from Nixa, Missouri.

Bikers find a space in the grass to relax and listen after a long day of riding and sightseeing in the region. More than 600,000 bikers rolled into Sturgis, South Dakota, August 9-15 for the 70th Annual Sturgis Rally, the biggest biker party in the country. But the clean and sober Jazer Camp a few miles outside Custer offered a different tenor from the free-for-all in other parts of the Black Hills.

For $10 a night, bikers get a place to park their ride and pitch their tent, and they're provided two good meals a day and good bands playing into the evening. Lodging is at a premium during the rally, as are locations where drugs, sex, and alcohol don't flow freely. This makes the camp an ideal respite for weary road warriors and likewise a plac...

Two blocks east of the "El" Train Red Line in Uptown Chicago, a lady named Susan limps over from under a covered bus stop.

"That's my spot. I was here. I just had to sit down."

She marks her spot by hanging two canvas bags on the fence where a dozen men and women are lined up outside Uptown Baptist Church.

"I was here. This weather is killing my arthritis."

Her voice is husky but kind. She limps toward the bus stop, sits, and takes a sip from something tightly wrapped in brown paper, looks over her shoulder again, then settles back against the glass enclosure.

As the line builds, she comes back.

Next Monday, she says, they're giving out shoes.

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Two blocks east of the "El" Train Red Line in Uptown Chicago, a lady named Susan limps over from under a covered bus stop.

"That's my spot. I was here. I just had to sit down."

She marks her spot by hanging two canvas bags on the fence where a dozen men and women are lined up outside Uptown Baptist Church.

"I was here. This weather is killing my arthritis."

Her voice is husky but kind. She limps toward the bus stop, sits, and takes a sip from something tightly wrapped in brown paper, looks over her shoulder again, then settles back against the glass enclosure.

As the line builds, she comes back.

Next Monday, she says, they're giving out shoes.

"Could you help me...