The Next Big Idea: Transforming Ideas into Action
Waco Tribune-Herald: One way to help someone past homelessness: give them a board of 'directors'
Waco Tribune-Herald, February 23, 2009 (article about the poverty-fighting program Open Table quotes Rosemary Townsend, who heads up the Baylor Poverty Initiative and Baylor social work professor Gaynor Yancey)
It takes a village to raise a child, according to an African proverb. Tribal wisdom also plays a role in the Open Table program -- being piloted in Waco at St. Paul's Episcopal Church -- which seeks a congregation to raise the homeless to self-sufficiency.
Baptist Standard: Ministry thrives when pastors equip, rather than doing it themselves
Baptist Standard, February 13, 2009 (article about ministry strategist Alan Nelson's presentation at the Next Big Idea conference at Baylor.)
A church that depends upon its pastor for ministry fails both the pastor and the laypeople, ministry strategist Alan Nelson told participants at the Next Big Idea conference at Baylor University.
Baptist Standard: Simple steps lead to 'next-level' ministry to communities
Baptist Standard, February 13, 2009 (article about attaining the "next level" of ministry effectiveness presented by Amy Sherman at the Next Big Idea conference at Baylor.)
Churches can strengthen the ministries they provide to their communities by taking five key steps, ministry specialist Amy Sherman told participants at the Next Big Idea conference at Baylor University.
Baptist Standard: Why serve? Most Christian volunteers say it's a God thing
Baptist Standard, February 13, 2009 (Dr. Dennis Myers, associate dean for graduate studies at Baylor's School of Social Work, discussed findings from his survey at The Next Big Idea Conference held last week at Baylor.)
A Baylor researcher has confirmed what many church nominating committees and volunteer coordinators have suspected.
Baptist Standard: Contact with global partners gave church expanded vision
Baptist Standard, Feb. 12, 2009 (article about a presentation by Lynne Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church about combining social work, ministry and outreach; Hybels spoke at this week's The Next Big Idea Conference at Baylor.)
When Lynne Hybels and her husband, Bill, started a church in suburban Chicago 33 years ago, they had two dreams. As a young pastor, he wanted to plant the kind of church where people who were far away from God could be reconciled to him. As a social worker, she wanted to develop a community of faith who wouldn't be afraid to confront "the messiness of life."