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  • SCOTUS marriage ruling sparked year of ministry

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, June 29, 2016 (one year ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- When the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide one year ago this month, Southern Baptist Convention entities and cooperating Baptist state conventions sprung to action to help pastors and churches navigate the new cultural milieu.

    From books and conferences to videos and suggested church bylaw revisions, Baptist-produced resources have helped thousands with ministry, legal and family responses to the high court's Obergefell v. Hodges ruling June 26, 2015. Read More

  • Golden Gate Seminary closes Mill Valley campus

    by Kathie Chute, posted Monday, June 06, 2016 (one year ago)

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    MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) -- Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary closed its main campus in the San Francisco Bay Area on June 3 to prepare for its 400-mile move to Southern California.

    After a ceremonial locking of the doors at 4 p.m., President Jeff Iorg sent out a campus-wide email that read, “The Mill Valley campus of Golden Gate Seminary is now closed. We press on!”

    The Southern Baptist seminary had been located in the Bay Area since its founding in 1944. Read More

  • The 'forgotten' mark young couple's ministry

    by Kathie Chute, posted Wednesday, May 25, 2016 (one year ago)

    SACATON, Ariz. (BP) -- As soon as Eric Gibbs stepped onto the Tohono O'odham Nation, one of the largest Native American reservations in the country, he felt a love for the people there.

    "After seeing the needs of that community, I knew my time in Arizona would be more than just a week," Gibbs said of the short-term mission trip he took as a college student, a trip he didn't think much about beforehand.

    Gibbs returned home to finish his degree and continue his service as a youth minister. But he and his wife Brittany began to pray about relocating to Arizona for long-term ministry. Read More

  • Longtime faculty Melicks stay focused in retirement

    by Kate Weatherly, posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016 (one year ago)

    MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) -- Class began promptly as Shera Melick, associate professor of educational leadership, asked her students to take their seats. She expressed her joy in teaching them, prayed over them, and then began the last in-classroom session she would conduct at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Changes are in store at the seminary, with the relocation of its main campus from the San Francisco area to Southern California. Some are bittersweet, such as last year's decision by longtime faculty members Shera and Rick Melick to retire. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Like 100 weddings

    by Jeff Iorg, posted Wednesday, April 20, 2016 (one year ago)

    It's like 100 weddings, Jeff Iorg writes about Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's move to two new campuses and its effect on personnel and students. Weddings, perhaps like relocations, entail "intense build-up, a lot of tension along the way … all culminating in a big celebration," the seminary president writes. "Every family at Golden Gate is living through this right now." Read More

  • Relocation of Golden Gate campuses moving forward

    by Kathie Chute, posted Wednesday, January 20, 2016 (one year ago)

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    MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) -- Construction is progressing rapidly at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's two new campuses, and more than 40 new jobs have been posted on the seminary's website, President Jeff Iorg reported in mid-January.

    Iorg, speaking to the seminary's staff and students, said the new campus in Ontario, Calif., is still on target for the June 2016 move from Mill Valley even though there have been minor setbacks. Read More

  • Iorg hears heartbreak over same-sex marriage

    by Kathie Chute, posted Thursday, January 07, 2016 (one year ago)

    MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) -- "I'm a deacon," the man told Jeff Iorg, president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. "I've followed Jesus all my life, and so have my children. Now my granddaughter has come home and announced she is a lesbian and is going to marry another woman. What do I do?"

    The church deacon is among the many brokenhearted individuals Iorg has encountered at state and associational meetings across the nation in speaking about the book "Ministry in the New Marriage Culture." Read More

  • Guidance offered for ministry in new marriage culture

    by Rebekah Wahlberg, posted Tuesday, October 20, 2015 (2 years ago)

    MILL VALLEY, Calif. (BP) -- How should the church respond to a gay couple requesting premarital counseling? What about when the new girl with the Awana ministry brings her two mothers to meet her teacher? Or when a church member who owns a business doesn't want to provide marriage benefits to same-sex couples? The new book "Ministry in the New Marriage Culture" focuses on helping churches and ministry leaders address these questions and more. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The Ayu challenge

    by Jeff Iorg, posted Tuesday, September 15, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Jeff Iorg, president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, shares about an unexpected email from a 9-year-old who developed a plan to help people memorize Scripture. Her strategy includes one or more verses for each letter of the alphabet, complete with YouTube videos she has made to reinforce the memorization for people who struggle with this discipline. Read More