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Methodist Childrens Home of Mississippi as executive director; Mississippi Childrens Home Services as senior director of program development; and Crossroads Counseling Center as counselor and consultant. He is a graduate of Mississippi College in Clinton, Miss., and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, where he earned masters degrees in Religious Educa- tion and Marriage and Family Counseling. My family and I were humbled by the of- fer to join the ministry of Baptist Childrens Home and Family Services, Hydrick said. We have prayed and sought Gods guid- ance throughout this process and have felt an overwhelming peace and excitement about joining His work in Illinois. Hydrick and his wife, Susanne, have four children: Addison, Morgan, Bradley, and col- lege junior Laura Beth (not pictured). - From Baptist Children's Home and Family Services 3 August 22, 2016 THE TICKER Follow the latest Illinois Baptist news NEWS Continued from page 1 from the front: BCHFS' new director Moody, MBTS partner up Moody Publishers will begin publish- ing books featuring the For the Church mission and slogan of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Moody will launch a For the Church im- print, meaning certain books will carry the FTC logo and slogan. It is a way for both FTC and Moody to reach a greater audience with this common vision of equipping ministry leaders and laypersons with solid re- sources for gospel ministry, said Jared Wilson, director of content strategy and managing editor of the seminary's For the Church website. Midwestern/Moodys For the Church titles include Discerning Your Call to Ministry by Mid- western President Jason Allen and a three-part series by Joe Thorn, founding and lead pastor of Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, Ill., titled The Heart of the Church, The Character of the Church and The Life of the Church. Drop-in Bibles A church in Sweden is planning to use drones to drop thousands of electronic Bibles over ISIS-controlled territory in the Middle East. Our ambition is to pass on the hope and love of the Christian gospel to a pop- ulation living in closed areas where they are being denied hu- man rights, The Word of Life Church in Uppsala posted on its website. The Bibles are contained in a pillbox-sized de- vice with a digital display that requires no electric- ity. The church noted that Bibles previously have been taken into restricted areas of the former Soviet Union, China, and North Korea. This is not something new, with the exception of the practical approach. - Baptist Press, The Christian Post Get breaking news in The Briefing online, posted every Tuesday at the briefing Springfield An August 12 event for pastors and their wives gave around 70 couples an opportunity to enjoy a meal, be encouraged, and laugh together about some of the chal- lenges of ministry life. All without paying for a babysitter. The Pastor Date Night was held at the IBSA Building in Springfield and sponsored by LifeWay Christian Resources. Illinois Di- saster Relief volunteers were on hand to pro- vide free childcare. Pastors and their families need an outlet, a safe place to come to network with other pastors, to just enjoy the fellowship and the companionship, to be strengthened and en- couraged from other pastors, said Kevin Carrothers, president of IBSA and pastor of Rochester First Baptist Church. Carrothers helped facilitate the event after talking last fall with LifeWays Mark Dance, who explained the vision for the Date Nights held around the country. The format for the night was simple: an hour for a catered din- ner, and an hour for a panel discussion fa- cilitated by Dance, LifeWays associate vice president for pastoral leadership. Dance and his wife, Janet, were joined by Carrothers and his wife, Jennifer, and Doug and Vickie Munton to answer questions submitted by Date Night attenders. Munton is pastor of First Baptist Church in OFallon. Topics included raising kids in a ministeri- al family, and how to wisely use social media. The focus of Date Night was on the health of the pastor and his family, Carrothers said. All of us have struggles. All of us go through seasons that are more difficult than others. Our pastors need that kind of encourage- ment. Pastor 'Date Night' aims to encourage PEER-TO-PEER Panelists Jennifer and Kevin Carrothers , Mark and Janet Dance , and Doug and Vickie Munton answer marriage, family, and ministry questions from the audience at a Pastor Date Night in Springfield.

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