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NAMB looks to Baptist Faith & Message regarding office of pastor

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – The North American Mission Board issued a statement Thursday (Oct. 14) re-asserting its position that “only qualified men” will “serve as the communicator for teaching and preaching” in the main gatherings or worship services of church plants endorsed by the Southern Baptist entity. 

SBC DIGEST: Asian ministry initiatives highlighted at recent gatherings

NASHVILLE (BP) – Several recent ministry gatherings reflect the growth of Asian ministries in the Southern Baptist Convention both past and present.

Study: Most self-proclaimed Christians don’t practice faith

PHILADELPHIA (BP) -- Over half of self-identified Christians in the U.S. don’t actively practice their faith, the American Bible Society (ABS) said in its latest release from the 2021 State of the Bible.

SEBTS celebrates high attendance and record giving

WAKE FOREST, NC (BP) – The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is celebrating an enrollment of more than 5,000 students and the highest year of financial giving in the school’s history, according to SEBTS President Danny Akin. The Seminary’s Trustees met on Oct. 11-12.

Online services expanded reach of churches during pandemic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, online worship services were a novel concept for many churches. In the almost two years since, however, churches have adapted and reached new people with the adoption of digital streaming.

SBTS experiences record enrollment and revenues in 2020-2021

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary experienced a record year in both revenues and enrollment in 2020-2021, seminary officials reported to Southern’s Board of Trustees at its fall meeting.

Send Relief issues call for homes, churches to help as Afghan refugees arrive

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – As refugees from Afghanistan enter the U.S., Send Relief is asking for churches and individuals to help in whatever way they can.

Gateway Seminary focused on mission-critical objectives, executive transitions

DENVER (BP) -- Gateway Seminary President Jeff Iorg told trustees during the fall board meeting the school has retained mission-discipline in spite of a bevy of distractions. Nearly the entire board met in-person October 11 and 12 in Denver, Colorado, while a limited number of trustees joined remotely.

Hispanics bringing evangelistic zeal, excitement to Southern Baptist Convention

VIENNA, Ga. – Large numbers of Hispanics arriving in the Bible Belt in search of jobs and better lives are embracing evangelical Christianity with a zeal that is sparking spiritual revival.

Floyd resigns as leader of SBC Executive Committee

NASHVILLE (BP) – Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee, announced his resignation Thursday night (Oct. 14) in a letter to Southern Baptists released by email.