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Illinois Baptist Nonprofit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Peoria, Illinois Permit No. 325 JULY 24, 2017 Vol. 111 No. 10 News journal of the Illinois Baptist State Association Check in often at IllinoisBaptist.org See page 3 for more addresses. IB FIRESIDE STORIES: You won't believe where one couple spent their honeymoon. P. 8 Summer camps encourage higher goals mission Small churches can grow New study shows factors that attract and keep new members Wheaton Attracting and keeping people considered unchurched is rated as the top predictor of growth through new professions of faith at small churches, according to a new study encompassing 12 Chris- tian denominations including Southern Baptists. These churches are places of invitation, welcome, and involve- ment for the unchurched," the study's authors said. "So, the un- churched stick around in greater numbers. And they come to Christ and get committed to the church in greater numbers." The Billy Graham Center of Wheaton College conducted the newly released study in partnership with Lifeway Research of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Caskey Center for Church Excellence of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. The telephone survey P. 3 COOPERATIVE PROGRAM Track your church's giving Plus 'tweets' from the field P. 11 REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK Two modest proposals Phoenix convention in rearview P. 7 PEOPLE NEWS Winners Two young women represent Illinois well P. 14 The growing need for church security P. 5 Protect the flock Ready, aim Myflying lesson Who knew it would be so brief-or inspiring! Nate Adams P. 2 in focus

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