August 2016

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General Conference 2016 Highlights
Nearly 500 pastors, spouses, missionaries, members, and leaders gathered together early last month in DeLand, Fla., for General Conference 2016. For pictures and highlights from the week's events, including business decisions made, check out the General Conference 2016 blog. Full replays of conference sessions are also available online. Watch now »

Bridge Builders: BIC pastors crossing racial divides
In a current cultural climate fraught with racial tension and division, we wanted to hear from BIC churches and leaders reaching across the divide, bringing their communities closer together. Each serving in unique contexts, these leaders share their insights and experiences working for racial healing and understanding in modern-day America. Read more »

Meet the Porteros
For the past two-and-a-half-years, Maria and Amado Portero—aliases given to protect their identities—have lived, worked, and served among the Muslim community in the Middle East. A deeply relational couple, the Porteros long to introduce their neighbors to the love of Christ, shining light on traditional narratives about Jesus. Now on home ministry, we caught up with Amado to hear more about their work. Meet Maria and Amado »

IN PART (Spring/Summer 2016): In Pursuit of Peace
Throughout its history, the BIC have borne witness to Christ's love through nonviolent conflict resolution. Yet what shape does this value take today? With stories, interviews, and features by present-day BIC peacemakers, the latest edition of IN PART magazine explores what it looks like to be a people "In Pursuit of Peace." Read online now. Prefer paper over pixels? Request copies for you or your congregation - free of charge! Contact us »

Honor the Past: Build the Future Campaign Launches
Having launched at General Conference 2016, the Honor the Past: Build the Future ministry campaign is now officially underway. With an overall goal of $5 million over five years, this campaign seeks to address the BIC pension underfunding by raising $3.2 million, with an additional $1.8 million for church multiplication efforts. Consider joining us as we honor those who have gone before us while paving the way for future generations of the BIC. Learn more »

A Memorable Missions Day
Last Wednesday, August 10, more than 1,000 people gathered under the hot August sun for Missions Day at Roxbury (Pa.) Holiness Camp. Through the incredible generosity of those in attendance, we were able to raise over $250,000 in support of our missionaries - the largest offering ever at Missions Day! Thank you to everyone who helped make this day a great success. To read a recap of Missions Day, as well as recaps from the rest of the week, click here »

Introducing the new Awaken: Network for BIC Women in Ministry
As a BIC U.S. affiliated ministry, Awaken: Network for BIC Women in Ministry exists to mentor and encourage women in fulfilling their call to ministry. Formerly known as the Council for Women in Ministry and Leadership, Awaken officially rolled out their new name, vision, and visual identity, including a new website, at General Conference 2016. Learn more »

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