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The Cooperative Program is worthy of celebration, say CP Stage panelists

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – In anticipation of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Cooperative Program (CP) in 2025, Baptist Press editor Brandon Porter interviewed Tony Wolfe, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention, and John Kyle, communications director at the Louisiana Baptist Convention, on the CP Stage in the Exhibit Hall prior to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention on June 10.

Wisdom-Martin, Dixon share stories to explain WMU’s work

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – During their WMU report for messengers at the Wednesday, June 12, session of the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis, Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director-treasurer, and Connie Dixon, president of National WMU, used stories to explain what their organization does.

‘9Marks at 9’ examines ‘Convention Authority vs. Church Authority’

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – Theological differences in convention authority and church authority were considered during the first of two 9Marks sessions June 10 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. More than 1,400 people attended ahead of the SBC’s vote on the Law Amendment.

Messengers approve Cooperation Group recommendations regarding ‘friendly cooperation’

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – During the Tuesday, June 11, evening session of the SBC annual meeting at the Indiana Convention Center, messengers approved four recommendations from the Cooperation Group, which was tasked in 2023 to study the issue of how Article 3 of the SBC Constitution references the Baptist Faith and Message.

‘Accept and bear the weaknesses’ of others, Barber urges in presidential address

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – In his presidential address at the 2024 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis, Bart Barber challenged messengers and guests to “get cooperation right” by bearing the weaknesses of one another, “even when the other guy is wrong.”

CP Stage: To Iorg, the Cooperative Program is personal

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – Jeff Iorg, recently incoming president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee told listeners from the CP Stage that the Cooperative Program was personal to him.

Normalize the conversation and break the stigma about mental health, say CP Stage panelists

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director-treasurer for National WMU, led a conversation about mental health on the CP Stage in the Exhibit Hall prior to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention on June 10.

WMU missions celebration examines the ‘joy’ of missions

INDIANAPOLIS (BP) – Sharing that WMU has a treasured artifact that went to the moon and back, Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director-treasurer of national WMU, told her listeners how Astronaut Charlie Duke, the youngest man to ever step on the moon, carried an emblem of the WMU pin to the moon and back in 1972.

WMU report points to ‘full circle’ ministry and transformation

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – The WMU is all about being “full circle,” said Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director-treasurer of national WMU, in a report to the messengers June 13 during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans. She compared the 360 seconds of her report to the 360-degree transformation that happens when the power of God is at work in His people.

Panelists stress importance of child abuse protection

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – Panelists discussed child protection and abuse prevention in ministry during a luncheon presented by the Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention (ECAP) at the Southern Baptist Convention on June 13 at the New Orleans Convention Center.