Jerry Jones, retired AZSBC staff member, dies

Jerry Jones, retired Home Mission Board (now North American Mission Board) missionary and Arizona Southern Baptist Convention Director of Language Missions, died March 24 in Tennessee. He was 82. In January 1972, Jerry and Nava, who died last August, were...

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Arizona WMU celebrates missions ‘by all means’

By Lori Pruit Since 1928, when Arizona Woman's Missionary Union was born, women across the state of Arizona have continued to "celebrate" their call to missions! Once again, to honor the call, Southern Baptist women met to "Celebrate Missions — By...

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Arizona Baptist Historical Society holds final meeting

By Kay Harms The Arizona Baptist Historical Society held its final annual meeting April 7, at Laveen Baptist Church in Laveen, as the congregation simultaneously celebrated the church's 75th anniversary. David Johnson, executive director of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention, was...

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Revitalization: Dealing with toxic people

By Kay Harms In recent months, Arizona Southern Baptist Church Revitalization Specialist Keith Durham has been conversing with pastors throughout the state about a daunting but unavoidable topic: how to deal with toxic people. Durham has been taking his first...

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Disaster Relief gains new volunteers

By Kay Harms Photos by N. John Keller Ninety-four people received training at the Arizona Southern Baptist Disaster Relief training, held March 2-3 at Gateway Fellowship in Gilbert. Training was provided in driving, chainsaw, feeding, shower/laundry unit and debris removal. Included in...

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AZSBC office sale, relocation approved

By Elizabeth Young Leaders of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention have approved plans to sell the current convention office and Gateway Seminary Arizona Campus in Scottsdale and purchase an office complex -- Cornerstone Plaza -- in northwest Phoenix. While not seeking...

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Engage 24 encourages pastors to prioritize evangelism

By Kay Harms Pastors and church leaders from about 10 Arizona Southern Baptist churches along with three directors of missions and Eddy Pearson, AZSBC evangelism facilitator, attended Engage 24 in Las Vegas, Feb. 26-27. Engage 24, hosted by the North...

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More than 350 attend Tucson Worship Conference

By Kay Harms The fifth annual Tucson Worship Conference grew in size this year by almost 50 percent, ministering to more than 350 attendees from 35 churches, including 10 Arizona Southern Baptist churches. "In the past, 22nd Street Baptist Church in...

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Arizona churches suiting up for VBS 2018

By Kay Harms Photos by N. John Keller Arizona Southern Baptist churches are gearing up and getting ready for Vacation Bible School 2018 -- Game On! This year, LifeWay's curriculum teaches children that God has given them His ultimate playbook...

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Christian Challenge hosts annual Surge Retreat

By Noah Jaeger and Elizabeth Pfeiffer Photos by Elizabeth Pfeiffer Ninety-four college students from 10 college campuses and four churches united Feb. 9-11 in Prescott to learn about God's plan for marriage, sexuality and "perfect purity" at Surge, Christian Challenge's annual discipleship...

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