Pastors' Conf. to spotlight faithfulness in ministry

Following the election of H.B. Charles as the first African American president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference, diversity has been among the anticipated emphases at this year's conference. But Charles says diversity, while important, will be a secondary focus behind faithfulness in the pastorate.

WMU Missions Celebration inspires 'Unshakable Pursuit' of Christ

An 'Unshakable Pursuit' to know Christ more, show His love unconditionally, and make disciples who make disciples will be the theme unpacked during two days of general sessions, conferences and missions experiences during WMU's Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting, June 10–11.

Harper, Moore & Pomeroy to headline ministry wives' events

Ministers' wives attending the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas are invited to a trio of women's events, including a Ministers' Wives Luncheon, Pastors' Wives Conference, and women's expo.

Hispanic unity gaining momentum as SBC Dallas nears

A stirring for unity can be heard in the conversations of Hispanic Baptists as several Hispanic organizations prepare to meet in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas.

NAAF seeks to build bridges in racially charged U.S.

Relationships beneficial to the Kingdom continue to flow from the National African American Fellowship nearly 25 years after its 1994 founding, NAAF president Byron Day said in advance of the group's 2018 annual meeting June 10-11 in Dallas.

Asian Americans to honor SBC execs for ethnic inclusion

The National Asian American (NAA) Fellowship will honor two Southern Baptist Convention executives for speeding progress in ethnic diversity at its annual meeting June 11 in Dallas.
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    ISIS bomber reportedly eyeing Shiites kills 57 Afghans

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, April 23, 2018 (33 minutes ago)

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    KABUL, Afghanistan (BP) -- A suicide bomber who killed 57 Afghans and injured at least 100 more in Kabul April 22 was targeting Shiite "apostates," the Islamic State said in claiming responsibility for the bombing via its Aamaq news agency.

    While the attack occurred outside a voter registration center leading up to October parliamentary elections, according to World News, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) has targeted Shiites shrines increasingly in an effort to divide the country along sectarian lines, according to news reports. Read More

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    Scott & Gowdy voice hope via 'unlikely friendship'

    by Michael E. Young, posted Monday, April 23, 2018 (an hour ago)

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    PLANO, Texas (BP) -- The call came at the end of a sticky summer day, shortly after U.S. Sen. Tim Scott had returned to his office following dinner with his closest friend in Congress, U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy.

    There had been a shooting in Charleston, S.C. A white gunman entered a Wednesday evening Bible study at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, a predominantly black congregation, and opened fire. Details were sketchy, but there was little doubt the attack was racially motivated. Read More

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    Q&A: Steve Gaines reflects on SBC

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Monday, April 23, 2018 (3 hours ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Leading up to this year's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas, SBC president Steve Gaines answered questions from Baptist Press regarding this year's gathering and lessons and rewarding moments he's encountered during the past two years.

    Nearing the end of his second and final one-year term as SBC president, the pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., specifically addressed this year's SBC election and some of the challenges the convention faces in the months ahead. ... Read More

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    Chitwoods appeal for orphan care at Ky. WMU meeting

    by Myriah Snyder/Western Recorder, posted Monday, April 23, 2018 (4 hours ago)

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    FRANKFORT, Ky. (BP) -- Each Sunday, Michelle Chitwood leaves her husband and children (an adopted daughter, a foster daughter and their older brother and sister, the Chitwoods' biological children), picks up an order of Chicken McNuggets and fries, and spends the afternoon at the Maryhurst residential facility in Louisville for children in crisis.

    Her mission: to visit D*, the sister of the Chitwoods' foster daughter L* -- part of the foster care/adoption journey she and her husband Paul, executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, began years ago. Read More

  • SBC Dallas: Gaines urges 'genuine unity of spirit'

    by BP staff, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

    Photo courtesy of Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas
    DALLAS (BP) -- Going into this year's annual meeting as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Steve Gaines acknowledged Southern Baptists face some critical decisions in the days and months ahead.

    "Obviously, we face the challenge of seeking new leaders to fill two of our most important leadership roles -- the President of the International Mission Board and the CEO of the SBC Executive Committee," he said in written comments to Baptist Press.

    "We must have Godly, Spirit-filled leaders in those positions," Gaines said. "We all know that everything rises and falls on leadership. We need to pray that the Lord will place the exact people He wants in these two vital positions." Read More

  • 2018 SBC annual meeting program released

    by Staff, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- The 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting will convene at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas on Tuesday, June 12, at 8:15 a.m. and conclude Wednesday, June 13, at 4:55 p.m. Read More

  • SBC Pastors' Conference 2018 schedule

    by BP Staff, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- This year's Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference will center on the theme "Fulfill Your Ministry!" and exhort pastors and other ministers to finish strong in their callings. Read More

  • Korean Council to consider pastor retirement funding

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Discussions about helping pastors get started with a retirement plan and mentoring younger pastors are on the agenda of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America's annual meeting in Dallas.

    The Korean Council's June 11-13 sessions, which take place during the week of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting and related gatherings, will be hosted by Semihan Church in Carrollton, where Byeong Rack Choi is pastor. Read More

  • Filipinos to expand ministry offerings

    by David Roach, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

    BP file photo by Adam Covington
    DALLAS (BP) -- Considering an executive director job description and hearing proposals for new ministry initiatives will be among highlights of the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America's annual meeting in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas.

    The fellowship will gather Tuesday, June 12 at 8:30 a.m. at Dallas Metroplex International Church, less than 20 minutes from the site of the SBC annual meeting. The theme of the Filipino Fellowship's meeting is "Together for the Gospel," based on 1 Corinthians 3:8-9. Read More

  • Native Americans to discuss Gospel contextualization

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- A presentation of the Gospel message to demonstrate a contextual way of ministering to unreached and under-reached Native people will be part of the Fellowship of Native American Christians' annual meeting in June.

    "Everyone is welcome," FoNAC Executive Director Gary Hawkins told Baptist Press. "In the past few years some have told me they would've enjoyed attending our meeting but thought it was only for Indians, which is far from the message FoNAC wants to project. Read More

  • Messianics to finalize restructuring plan

    by David Roach, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship will finalize an organizational restructuring plan, hear reports of Jewish evangelism and potentially discuss electing an executive director when the group gathers in Dallas in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

    SBMF members and guests will convene Sunday, June 10, at noon for a lunch meeting at TGI Fridays, 1713 North Market St. in Dallas. The business portion of the gathering likely will be brief, SBMF President Ric Worshill said. Read More

  • At SBC, IMB to help churches 'play a vital role'

    by IMB Staff, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- IMB missionaries and staff are looking forward to sharing during the SBC annual meeting in Dallas "how every church -- regardless of size, resources or unique needs -- can play a vital role" in taking the Gospel to the world's unreached people.

    The International Mission Board, in a news release relaying its hopes for interacting with messengers and guests at the convention, noted, "A multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ -- it's a big vision, and a vision the International Mission Board knows they cannot fulfill alone." Read More

  • NAMB to inform, mobilize pastors & churches at SBC

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Pastors, messengers and other attendees at this year's SBC annual meeting in Dallas will have multiple opportunities to learn about ways to better engage their churches with mission efforts both locally and throughout North America.

    "We never stop seeking out ways to help Southern Baptists get the hope of the Gospel out to North America," said Kevin Ezell, North American Mission Board president. "Through the Send Network, our church planting network, and Send Relief compassion ministries, we hope to equip churches to reach both their communities and all of North America." Read More

  • LifeWay to discuss SBC future at breakfast in Dallas

    by Carol Pipes, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources will provide a free breakfast and screen two new movies at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas this summer.

    The focus of the LifeWay breakfast will be "Is Our Denomination Dying?" LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer will lead a discussion and question-and-answer session about the future of the SBC in a season of tremendous change and how churches can realize a bright future of evangelistic growth. The format will mirror Rainer's podcast "Rainer on Leadership" hosted by Jonathan Howe, LifeWay's director of strategic initiatives. Read More

  • GuideStone to mark 100th anniversary at SBC

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- One hundred years ago, messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention in Hot Springs, Ark., created a Board of Ministerial Relief and Annuities, which today has become a $15 billion financial services organization known as GuideStone Financial Resources.

    At this year's SBC annual meeting in Dallas, GuideStone will give thanks to the Lord for its first century of service and look forward to the opportunities of its second century, continuing to maintain its founder's vision of coming alongside retired pastors and their widows in need in their declining years, which it does through Mission:Dignity. Read More

  • Seminaries' alumni & friends to gather in Dallas

    by SBC Seminary Staff, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Alumni and friends of Southern Baptists' six seminaries will gather Wednesday, June 13, in Dallas to hear updates from the campuses and renew friendships with classmates and seminary faculty and staff. Read More

  • DOM title change, credentialing tops SBCAL agenda

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Recommended changes to the title, roles and credentialing of Southern Baptist directors of missions (DOMs) will be considered at the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders' (SBCAL) 2018 annual meeting June 10–11 at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas.

    Based on the findings of an ad hoc study team the SBCAL appointed in 2017, the recommendations will be published in the May 15 issue of the SBCAL newsletter The Encourager before the vote at the June 10th business session, SBCAL Executive Director Ray Gentry told Baptist Press. Read More

  • Evangelists to pick up Billy Graham's 'torch'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Following Billy Graham's death, his fellow Southern Baptist evangelists "are ready to pick up the torch" of evangelistic ministry in the 21st century, said David Stockwell, president of Southern Baptist Evangelists, also known as the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists.

    They will discuss how to do that at an evangelists retreat and business meeting June 8-9 in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas. The retreat's theme is "Go Tell!" based on Mark 5:19.

    In addition to the retreat, cosponsored by the Conference of Texas Baptist Evangelists, Southern Baptist Evangelists will host a Sunday worship celebration service June 10 at First Baptist Church in Grapevine, Texas. A "Southwest Supper Sing-A-Long" June 11 will give pastors an opportunity to connect with evangelists.

    Pastors and other church leaders are invited to attended all slated activities. Read More

  • 9Marks, B21, Connect 316 among events for SBC attendees

    by BP Staff, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Several Christian ministries -- including 9Marks, B21 and Connect 316 -- will offer events on topics ranging from the future of the Southern Baptist Convention to the doctrine of salvation for messengers and others attending the SBC's June 12-13 annual meeting in Dallas. Read More

  • Second global hunger run set for Dallas

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Messengers and others attending the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Dallas will have the opportunity to participate in the second Global Hunger Relief (GHR) Run to help feed the hungry.

    A coalition of Southern Baptist organizations is sponsoring the run June 13, the second day of this year's annual meeting. All registration fees for the event -- which includes a 5K race and a one-mile fun run -- will be used to feed the hungry in the United States and throughout the world. Last year, 200 runners and volunteers took part in the inaugural GHR Run in Phoenix and raised more than $5,000. Read More