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  • Evangelist-led worship 'hit the mark,' pastor reports

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (5 days ago)

    Photo by Matt Miller
    DALLAS (BP) -- Southern Baptist Evangelists -- preachers and singers -- provided a "Worship Encounter" Sunday (June 10) in their annual worship celebration preceding the SBC annual meeting in Dallas.

    The worship service sponsored by Southern Baptist Evangelists, also known as the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists, took place at First Baptist Church in Grapevine, where Doug Page has been pastor the last five years.

    "Everybody [on stage] was passionate about Jesus. Several [members] ... Read More

  • Hispanic Alliance welcomes J.D. Greear, new SBC pres.

    by Keila Diaz, posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (11 days ago)

    Photo by Marc Ira Hooks
    DALLAS (BP) -- More than 100 pastors and their wives attended the Hispanic Baptist Pastors' Alliance Tuesday (June 12), welcoming new SBC President J.D. Greear during a morning of worship, fellowship and a call to go beyond the church walls.

    Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in North Carolina, kicked off the meeting telling pastors about several areas he sees as important to unity and proclamation of the Gospel.

    First, Greear said, the Gospel must be what the churches unite around. Next, people of other cultures within the SBC need to be elevated to positions of leadership. As a convention there needs to be a re-focus on evangelism and a renewed commitment to planting churches at home and around the world, something he thinks Hispanics are key to as they are able to go places Anglos can't. His final point was an encouragement to mobilize the college-aged and next generations in their strategic places. Read More

  • Evangelism, unity undergird Nat'l Hispanic fellowship

    by Keila Diaz, posted Tuesday, June 12, 2018 (12 days ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS (BP) -- The National Hispanic Baptist Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention gathered for their 29th annual meeting with the theme "Reviving an Evangelistic Vision."

    The event, held in conjunction with the SBC annual meeting in Dallas, drew approximately 100 Hispanic believers from around the nation. During the four-hour gathering at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, the group reelected officers, worshiped, heard from three keynote speakers and honored several pastors. Read More

  • Their 'consciences were exercised' over U.S. 'crisis'

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, June 07, 2018 (17 days ago)

    SBHLA photo.
    HOUSTON (BP) -- As Sen. Robert Kennedy lay dying from an assassin's bullets and more than 100 U.S. cities smoldered from race riots following Martin Luther King Jr.'s murder, the Southern Baptist Convention adopted what may have been its strongest statement to date on racial justice.

    On the statement's 50th anniversary, Southern Baptists -- black and white -- who were involved in convention life in 1968 say the "Statement Concerning the Crisis in Our Nation" remains relevant for believers seeking to confront injustice in American culture. Read More

  • KBC, Sunrise win dismissal of adverse legal settlement

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, June 01, 2018 (23 days ago)

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- A federal judge has thrown out a legal settlement that would have allowed the American Civil Liberties Union to review whether a Southern Baptist foster home uses state funds to proselytize children.

    The settlement in a lawsuit the ACLU filed against Sunrise Children's Services, the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) and the state of Kentucky is not viable, U.S. District Judge Charles Simpson ruled May 30, because it could not be enforced under current state laws. Americans United for Separation of Church and State also is a plaintiff in the suit.

    The decision is a win for the KBC and Sunrise, who appealed the decision brokered in 2015 by then-Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear's administration. But the dismissal means the lawsuit filed in 2000 will continue in the courts. Read More

  • Evangelists: 'Harvest events' counter SBC baptism decline

    by David Roach, posted Friday, June 01, 2018 (23 days ago)

    Photo by Roger S. Oldham
    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- In what's been called the first official statement from Southern Baptist evangelists to pastors, a consortium of vocational evangelists says increased scheduling of "harvest" events could help reverse the Southern Baptist Convention's downward trend in baptisms.

    "There is a desperate need for evangelistic expository preaching followed by an invitation given clearly, honestly, courteously, urgently, expectantly, and with complete dependence on the Holy Spirit," according to a white paper released May 14 by evangelist Jerry Drace and a coalition of 14 other evangelists he convened for a March 2-3 summit in Jackson, Tenn. "The Vocational Evangelists in the SBC are available to assist the pastors in drawing the net whatever the Harvest Event." Read More

  • Scott Barkley tapped as Ga. Christian Index editor

    by The Christian Index, posted Thursday, May 31, 2018 (24 days ago)

    DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- Scott Barkley, associate managing editor of The Christian Index, will be promoted to editor effective June 1, the Georgia Baptist Mission Board's executive director, J. Robert White, has announced.

    Barkley, 44, in his 15 years with The Index, has served as production editor, web content editor and associate managing editor. He will assume the role of editor June 1, with current editor J. Gerald Harris serving as senior editor until his retirement Dec. 31. Read More

  • God's call from Alabama to Alaska, 27 yrs. & counting

    by Grace Thornton/The Alabama Baptist, posted Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (26 days ago)

    Photo by Didi Vardaman
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (BP) -- As Jae McKee read the job description, he said it felt like a tap on the shoulder, like a clarion call saying, "This is the job for you."

    So he applied -- for something else.

    "It's kind of comical in hindsight," McKee said. "I felt specifically like my call to missions was a call to Juneau, Alaska. I didn't question it. But it was like my fleece at the time -- I wanted the decision to be God's, not mine, and I wanted Him to confirm it." Read More

  • DOM title change among report's recommendations

    by David Roach, posted Friday, May 25, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Roger S. Oldham
    DALLAS (BP) -- Your local Baptist association's DOM (director of missions) soon could be the AMS (associational mission strategist) if the association takes the title-change recommendation of a report to be presented next month at a gathering of associational leaders.

    A 12-member study team commissioned at the 2017 Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) meeting in Phoenix surveyed more than 400 Southern Baptists online about their views of associations, interviewed leaders of about two dozen effective associations and wrote a report on the title and role of associational leaders -- often known as DOMs. Read More

  • SBC ends relationship with DC convention

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Jim Veneman
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- After nearly a year and a half of discussions concerning a Washington church with lesbian co-pastors, the Southern Baptist Convention has notified the District of Columbia Baptist Convention that "the formal relationship between the SBC and the DCBC has come to an end," according to a statement by interim Executive Committee president D. August Boto.

    At its Feb. 19-20 meeting in Nashville, the EC adopted a recommendation granting the DCBC ... Read More