Supporters of the ministerial housing allowance should be hopeful about a federal appeals court's anticipated ruling on the 60-year-old provision, a religious liberty lawyer said after oral arguments in the case.
Pastors must learn how to help troubled souls and remove the stigma associated with mental illness, pastors Rick Warren and Tony Rose said in a video discussion with Russell D. Moore, president of Southern Baptists' Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
SBC entities are highlighting the importance of mental health ministry in response to a motion at the 2013 annual meeting. The motion also prompted Frank S. Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee, to name an advisory group to gather suggestions for him about ways Southern Baptists can more effectively minister to people with mental health challenges.
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted the inaugural For the Church Conference Aug. 25-26. Pastors, students and ministry leaders from across the Midwest region gathered to focus on the conference's theme of being "Ready" in the areas of preaching, church planting, discipleship, leading and shepherding.