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  • SBC evangelism task force holds first meeting

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 16, 2017 (3 days ago)

    Photo by Neil Williams
    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- How to increase Southern Baptists' passion for personal evangelism and encourage preachers to include evangelistic invitations in every sermon were among the topics discussed Aug. 14-15 at the first meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention's task force on soul winning and evangelistic preaching.

    "I cannot remember a meeting that encouraged my heart as much as this one," task force chairman Paige Patterson said in a statement released to Baptist Press. "We had a large portion of the task force who were able to attend and they seriously and humbly pursued the convention-assigned task. Read More

  • SBC 2018: Southern Baptist mission teams invited to TX

    by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, posted Monday, August 07, 2017 (13 days ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- As Dallas hosts next year's annual meeting of Southern Baptists, the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention is extending an invitation for churches to bring mission teams as well as messengers.

    Whether it is the week leading up to the June 12-13 meeting, extending their trip into the next week or finding another time frame later in the summer, mission volunteers will find plenty of opportunities from which to choose throughout the state, noted Barry Calhoun, SBTC director of missions mobilization. Read More

  • SBC PHOENIX: registration total finalized, costs down

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 02, 2017 (17 days ago)

    Photo by Matt Miller
    PHOENIX (BP) -- Data compiled following the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix indicates more messengers than 2011, the last time the convention was held in Phoenix, and a net annual meeting cost reduction of some $800,000 since that time.

    Nominees elected to boards and committees were notable for their ethnic diversity, Cooperative Program support and representation of churches with 250 members or fewer. Read More

  • First Indian Baptist aims for multi-tribal reach

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, August 01, 2017 (19 days ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- When pastor Shaun Whitey asked First Indian Baptist Church in Phoenix to write down their tribal affiliation, people from nearly all of Arizona's federally-recognized tribes were represented in the congregation that Sunday, 22 people groups in all, which Whitey described as typical.

    The church reaches a broad cross-section of tribal groups in its aim to carry the Gospel to all the state's reservations, Whitey said, yet faces an ongoing challenge of adequately preparing disciples who multiply other Christians. Read More

  • Why I'm staying in the Southern Baptist Convention

    by Gabriel C. Stovall, posted Friday, July 28, 2017 (23 days ago)

    ATLANTA (BP) -- Almost 24 hours after the back-to-back deaths of Alton Sterling and then Philando Castile by the trigger hand of police officers last summer, my Facebook inbox lit up.

    Nearly a dozen people, who I called brothers in Christ, were saying they had had enough.

    They were tired of watching black men get cut down by policemen's bullets. They were nauseous, they said, of seeing white people scratch their collective heads trying to figure out why people of color were so traumatized by these deaths. ... Read More

  • NY Times op-ed spurs discussion of race & the SBC

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 28, 2017 (23 days ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A black Oklahoma minister's New York Times op-ed "renouncing [his] ordination in the Southern Baptist Convention" has drawn responses from a range of African Americans who say they will continue to cooperate with the convention as it pursues racial reconciliation.

    Meanwhile, the op-ed's author, Lawrence Ware, explained his views in an interview with Baptist Press, noting he does not believe Southern Baptists by and large are intentionally racist. He also said he likely would have "softened" some of his language against the SBC if given an opportunity to rewrite the op-ed. Read More

  • Newcomers, young adults embrace black church conf.

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, July 25, 2017 (25 days ago)

    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Ryan Littlejohn of Wichita, Kan., attended his first Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 17-21 after hearing a glowing report of the previous year's gathering.

    "I came because my pastor (Tarrance C. Floyd) and first lady (Jacqueline Floyd) came last year, and they just really, really loved what this place offered and everything they learned," Littlejohn told Baptist Press on the grounds of Ridgecrest Conference Center, the site of the annual event. "And they shared it with the congregation, and a group of eight of us came here, based on just what they said. We came and it's been everything and more thus far. I'm just excited and really learning a lot here." Read More

  • WWII-era couple's sacrifice yields new Hispanic church

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Tennessee Baptist and Reflector, posted Monday, July 24, 2017 (27 days ago)

    Photo by Lonnie Wilkey
    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (BP) -- Missions has been a way of life for Earl and Violet Newcomb since the mid-1950s in helping start six churches.

    Earl Newcomb served as song leader while operating a business in Franklin, Tenn., and Violet served as pianist and church treasurer.

    "Lord, open the door and we will go," they always said.

    In 1975 the couple helped begin their last church, Harpeth First Baptist in rural ... Read More

  • Black church conference: nurture, fellowship & praise

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (one month ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Southern Baptist African American pastor Ryan Rice, founder and leader of Life Church in New Orleans, is experiencing the first Black Church Leadership and Family Conference of his 30-some years.

    "To see other pastors who look like me ... and have flourished in their families and their ministries -- that's been a huge blessing and an encouragement," Rice told Baptist Press July 18 on the second day of the conference scheduled through July 21 at the Ridgecrest Conference Center near Asheville, N.C. Read More