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Young man’s baptism showcases great joy and love

by George Schroeder on April 17, 2023 in News

A special baptism evokes feelings of joy and a celebration of love for pastor, church and God.

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First Baptist Devine sees new baptisms, focuses on celebrating salvations

by George Schroeder on February 21, 2023 in News

“If God moves,...their water bill is going to go up – and that’s not a problem.”

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Church revitalization takes time, refocus on the basics, Smith says during Annual Meeting workshop

by Teresa Young on November 15, 2022 in Annual Meeting

On Tuesday morning, Jonathan Smith, director of Church Health Strategy at Texas Baptists, led a workshop focused on church revitalization at the 2022 Annual Meeting. The workshop looked at ways churches can kickstart revitalization in their own, unique contexts.

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From surviving to thriving: one church’s story of revitalization

by Bonnie Shaw on February 24, 2022 in Church Health Strategy

Read how Canyon Creek Baptist Church is working with Jonathan Smith, director of Church Health Strategy, to grow their congregation and foster intergenerational worship.

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Multi-generational revitalization reflects one church’s mission

by Bonnie Shaw on January 27, 2022 in News

“We wanted to care for the people here, solidify relationships, and really help them dream again as a church and be excited about the work of God."

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Manteniendo el momento: Creciendo una iglesia en crecimiento

by Bonnie Shaw on October 26, 2021 in Church Health Strategy

La Primera de Arcadia ya era una iglesia dinámica y en crecimiento. Jonathan Smith pudo caminar con ellos y asegurarse de que continúen creciendo al darles las herramientas necesarias para tener éxito en el futuro venidero.

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Keeping the momentum: Growing a growing church

by Bonnie Shaw on October 26, 2021 in Church Health Strategy

See how Arcadia First Baptist is growing and read how Pastor Joshua McDonald and Church Health Strategy Director Jonathan Smith have teamed up to bolster their ministry.

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Tending to your church’s garden: A guide to revitalization and replanting

by Bonnie Shaw on October 26, 2021 in Church Health Strategy

Director of Church Health Strategy Jonathan Smith and Associate Director of Missions Tom Howe explain the differences between revitalizing and replanting a church and how they can lead to new life.

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A Reflection from a chaplain at Ground Zero following 9/11

by Jonathan Smith on September 10, 2021 in Church Health Strategy

I was in New York City in June of 2001 with my wife Heather for my first visit to New York City. When I returned for a last-minute mission trip in December of 2001, I found an entirely different city.

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Reconstituted Mud

by Jonathan Smith on September 9, 2021 in Church Health Strategy

"We are called to "reconstitute" his grace for those around us...."

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