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SBC's ethnic diversity leaves EC 'grateful to God'NASHVILLE (BP) -- A review of ethnic participation in Southern Baptist Convention life left a workgroup of the convention's Executive Committee encouraged at the SBC's progress and eager for increased diversity in the days ahead.
Reports submitted to the EC "show intentionality on the part of each one of our entities to provide resources and opportunities for involvement of our ethnic churches and church leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention," Jim Gregory, chairman of the EC's Communications Workgroup, told Baptist Press. "I think we've made some very good strides because of our intentionality." Read More
Baptists must be 'correct,' Page says of stewardshipNASHVILLE (BP) -- The use of God's resources -- stewardship -- will gain a strengthened emphasis in Southern Baptist life, Frank S. Page said in addressing the SBC Executive Committee in Nashville.
"If we do not get the issue of stewardship correct, the work to which God is calling us will simply not be done in a way that would honor Him and glorify Him as He would wish," Page, president of the Executive Committee, said during the opening session of the EC's Feb. 20-21 meeting. Read More
Pastors' Conference speakers meet to unify sermonsFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- This year's Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference has already promised several firsts, including the first time all preachers will be from small- and medium-sized churches and all sermons will walk through a book of the Bible expositionally.
This year's Pastors'Conference added another first -- the first time the speakers met in advance to discuss their passages to ensure cohesive unity to their sermons. Read More
Key leaders lend support to Pastors' ConferencePHOENIX (BP) -- Celebrating smaller membership churches in the Southern Baptist Convention is a key aspect of this year's Pastors' Conference. However, key leaders are calling for broad participation by pastors regardless of the size of their church.
"The core of the SBC has always been faithful men and women living out the Great Commission in local churches without the benefits of large platforms, big budgets or headline recognition," J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., noted. Read More
Gaines Q&A: from Trump to prayer for revivalONTARIO, Calif. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines discussed a range of topics of interest to Baptists in a question-and-answer session with state Baptist paper editors during their Feb. 14-16 annual meeting in Ontario, Calif.
The discussion covered President Donald Trump's first 25 days in office including the refugee crisis; controversial comments by Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission president Russell Moore during the election; churches tithing 10 percent to the Cooperative Program and state conventions splitting their CP receipts 50/50 with national entities; Millennials and the future of the convention; and the future of the nation. Read More
'Mirror image' of Christ in Fla. church's racial unityORANGE PARK, Fla. (BP) -- Tami and Roger Clemmons searched more than a year for a church home after moving from Georgia to Palm Coast, Fla., in 2014. Nothing seemed to fit the couple's desire for racial diversity coupled with strong biblical preaching.
Based on recommendations from respected pastors, the white professional couple in their mid-50s visited the Orange Park campus of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church some 70 miles away. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: What would Criswell & Hobbs do?
Life-changing lessons from two Baptist legends, W.A. Criswell and Herschel Hobbs, underscore to Todd Brady the importance of "preaching the Gospel, standing for righteousness and calling Southern Baptists to unity in our mission in the process." Read More
FROM THE SEMINARIES: SEBTS hosts GO Conference, adds Echevarria in Hispanic leadership
In today's From the Seminaries: Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary hosts 550 for GO Conference, adds Miguel Echevarria in Hispanic leadership development. Read More
SBC child care, children, youth reg. opens Feb. 1
PHOENIX (BP) -- Registration opens Feb. 1 for preschool child care, Giant Cow Children's Ministries and Youth on Mission in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's 2017 annual meeting June 13-14 in Phoenix.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) child care volunteers will care for preschoolers; while Giant Cow Children's Ministries will lead the 5- to 12-year-olds, and Woman's Missionary Union will guide the Youth on Mission curricula and activities. Read More
SBC 2017 Phoenix registration opens Feb. 1PHOENIX (BP) -- Registration opens Feb. 1 for the Southern Baptist Convention 2017 Annual Meeting June 13-14 at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St. in Phoenix.