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The world is the common denominator that links all the ministries of Semihan Church.
Secular newspapers see the newsworthiness of Southern Baptist churches.
Inland Empire Baptist Association in Southern California has forged a new path in the concept of Southern Baptist partnerships. Ministry, encouragement, and inspiration flow in both directions when Southern Baptists cooperate.
Refugees from all over the world, speaking two hundred or more languages, flooding to the Triangle area of Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina, find in The Point International a place they belong, together.
Combat veteran Chad Hesler uses his military training as he pastors Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church, where about one hundred people participate in Sunday morning worship.
About thirty people attend Sunday morning worship at Quartzsite Baptist Church in the summer, but that number swells to as many as three hundred on any given Sunday in the winter.
The church reaches a broad cross-section of tribal groups, with the assignment of carrying the Gospel to all the state’s reservations.
Calvary Baptist Church

Calvary Baptist Church in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, doubled the seating capacity in its worship center when it relocated to a site more visible from State Highway 95, a main thoroughfare. Photos courtesy of Calvary Baptist Church.

It’s not just by chance that Calvary Baptist Church has grown from fewer than one hundred to more than two thousand in worship each week, said the church’s pastor.

Pastor Chad Garrison cited the church’s “extreme mission focus” plus “God’s enabling” for its growth during the twenty-five years he has served as pastor of Calvary in Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He noted that the church is healthy because its members have been “empowered to do what God calls them to do.”

“We just encourage people to influence their communities, friends, affinity groups, and we help them do that in big ways and small ways,” Garrison said. “It’s ...

Community Baptist Church in Maylene, Alabama, is served by a full complement of six bivocational leaders to minister to the congregation, to the larger community, and to each of the bivocational leaders’ workplaces.
An interim pastor told the dwindling, aging congregation he was to help “transition,” that First Baptist Church of Affton was on its death journey. But the church did die—intentionally—and on Easter, a new church was born.