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  • IMB taps Paul Chitwood as presidential candidate

    by Julie McGowan, posted Tuesday, November 06, 2018 (7 days ago)

    Photo by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Baptist Convention
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- The International Mission Board trustees' presidential search committee announced Tuesday (Nov. 6) that the committee will recommend Paul Chitwood, 48, to be elected as the 173-year-old entity's 13th president.

    The vote to elect Chitwood is scheduled for the Nov. 15 plenary session during their IMB board meeting in Richmond.

    A former chairman of IMB's board of trustees, Chitwood currently serves as executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the state's largest religious organization with 750,000 members in 2,400 churches and 70 associations. He has served in the role since 2011. Read More

  • Sending culture: 3 ways pastors can develop one

    by William Whaley, posted Tuesday, October 30, 2018 (14 days ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Recently I was privileged to attend a commissioning service for new International Mission Board missionaries. I was invited by a couple from our church who was preparing to be sent to the nations.

    During this time, I was reminded of the significance, risk and joy of taking the Gospel to the nations. It reignited a passion in my heart to lead my church to do all we can to fulfill the Great Commission.

    Fellow pastors may have that same desire but simply don't know how to create a culture where sending is the norm in their church. A pastor may lead a small church and believe only large churches have the resources and wherewithal to send missionaries to the field. Read More

  • 2017-18 Lottie Moon offering nears $159 million

    by Julie McGowan, posted Friday, October 05, 2018 (one month ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- In the 100th anniversary since Southern Baptists named their global mission offering in honor of esteemed missionary Lottie Moon, churches gave $158.9 million to sustain their international missionaries worldwide -- the second-highest Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions ever received.

    "We praise the Lord and thank Southern Baptist churches who have again generously demonstrated their faithfulness in undergirding the spread of the gospel to the ends of the earth," said Clyde Meador, interim president of the International Mission Board. With the books on the offering closing Sept. 30, the 2017-18 Lottie Moon offering neared the national goal of $160 million. Read More

  • Platt's IMB farewell: 'Rise above' SBC challenges

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 28, 2018 (one month ago)

    IMB photo by Chris Carter.
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- In his final address to trustees as International Mission Board president, David Platt urged the IMB's leaders to "rise above" current challenges in the Southern Baptist Convention in order to reach the world's "2.8 billion people who have little to no access" to the Gospel.

    Among the SBC's challenges claimed in Platt's Sept. 26 address were a failure to disciple new believers and an unhealthy political climate within the convention.

    At the conclusion of the IMB trustees' Sept. 26-27 meeting in Richmond, Va., Clyde ... Read More

  • 66 new missionaries added to reach the nations

    by Julie McGowan, posted Friday, September 28, 2018 (one month ago)

    IMB Photo by Chris Carter
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptists celebrated the sending of 66 new international missionaries Sept. 26 at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. They shared how God has woven throughout their lives a desire to take His Gospel to people who have never heard -- and each story evidenced God's role for every church to take His Good News to every nation.

    "The Lord has always moved my life through stories," said Caroline Reel, who is being sent by her churches, Restoration Church in Wake Forest, N.C., and Bullard Chapel Baptist in Tishomingo, Okla., to serve among refugee peoples in Uganda. "From the missionaries' ... Read More

  • TRUSTEES: IMB transitions from Platt to interim Meador

    by Julie McGowan, posted Friday, September 28, 2018 (one month ago)

    IMB Photo by Chris Carter
    RICHMOND, VA. (BP) -- International Mission Board trustees heard a final address from outgoing president David Platt and approved Clyde Meador as interim president during their Sept. 26-27 meeting near Richmond, Va.

    Trustees appointed 66 new fully funded personnel to take the Gospel to unreached people and places and approved a balanced budget for 2018-2019 and a recommendation about trustee representation from state conventions. Rick Dunbar, trustee chairman and a member of First Baptist Church in Madison, Miss., presided over the meeting. Read More

  • ANALYSIS: Venezuela planters see opportunity amid crisis

    by Karen Pearce, posted Friday, September 21, 2018 (one month ago)

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    BOGOTA, Colombia (BP) -- As I meandered through a craft market in Bogota, Colombia, I struck up a conversation with a vendor who asked why I was visiting his country. I had just returned from four days in Cúcuta, the Colombian-Venezuelan border town where I witnessed the sad pilgrimage of thousands of people leaving Venezuela out of desperation and hunger.

    When I shared that with him, his face contorted into a mask of grief.

    "It is so horrible what is happening," he said, "They are our brothers." Read More

  • Platt to step down from IMB; Meador named as interim

    by Julie McGowan , posted Friday, September 14, 2018 (2 months ago)

    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- After receiving the resignation of David Platt as president of the International Mission Board, to be effective at the Sept. 27 trustee meeting, the trustees' executive committee voted in a special meeting Sept. 13 to name Clyde Meador as interim president, subject to full board approval.

    Platt has served as IMB president since Aug. 27, 2014. Since September of last year, he also has served as pastor/teacher of McLean Bible Church in metro Washington, D.C. On Feb. 12 of this year, Platt asked IMB trustees to begin searching for his successor. While requesting that the search for the mission board's next president begin immediately, Platt stated his intention to continue serving as president during the search process. Read More

  • South Asia church planter gets nurture for his vision

    by IMB Staff, posted Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    SOUTH ASIA (BP) -- Sampson* grew up in a Christian home where his father was the pastor of a large traditional church in South Asia. When Sampson got married, God began to stir his heart for a new work in one of South Asia's largest cities, more than 250 miles from his home and family.

    The first few years of ministry there were difficult. Sampson and his wife lost their newborn baby shortly after birth. Then, one day as they gathered for worship and fellowship with friends, their house caught fire and they lost all their belongings.

    Finally, their ministry partners made the abrupt decision to go separate ways after five years working together. Sampson and his wife were struggling financially and emotionally but they continued to believe that God had called them to live in this city.

    A few weeks after Sampson and his wife were on their own, he met Cal*, a worker with the IMB (International Mission Board), and confided to Cal his deep desire to see healthy churches planted. Many of the 20 different groups Sampson was teaching each month had no baptized believers at all, but he had been told he was unqualified to administer the Lord's Supper or baptism without a seminary education. Read More