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DOM title change among report's recommendationsDALLAS (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
Mohler confronts SBC's 'horrifying #MeToo moment'LOUSVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- R. Albert Mohler Jr. has labeled turmoil in the Southern Baptist Convention the SBC's "own horrifying #MeToo moment" and said it stems from "an unorganized conspiracy of silence" about sexual misconduct and abuse.
"Judgment has now come to the house of the Southern Baptist Convention," Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, wrote in a May 23 internet commentary. "The terrible swift sword of public humiliation has come with a vengeance. There can be no doubt the story is not over." Read More
SBC ends relationship with DC conventionNASHVILLE (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
SBC IN DALLAS: Prayer for Southern Baptist resolutionsDALLAS (BP) -- As chairman of the 2018 SBC Committee on Resolutions, I write to ask for members and messengers of Southern Baptist churches to pray for the committee during this season where we carry out our work and to provide a brief overview of our responsibilities.
What are resolutions and what is the Resolutions Committee?
The Resolutions Committee exists to serve the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention and has the entrusted duty of preparing and submitting ... Read More
SBC exhibits to feature dialogue & ministryDALLAS (BP) -- Abuse, the future of the Southern Baptist Convention, racism and collegiate church planting are among trending topics the Cooperative Program booth will address at the 2018 SBC Annual Meeting in Dallas.
Interviews with SBC presidential contenders J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Ken Hemphill, a North Greenville University administrator, also are scheduled during the June 11–13 sessions in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.
C. Ashley Clayton, SBC Executive Committee vice president for CP and stewardship, called the lineup impressive and worthy of notice for visitors to the exhibit hall. Read More
Tenn. evangelist Jerry Drace to be 2nd VP nomineeDALLAS (BP) -- Tennessee evangelist and pastor Jerry Drace will be nominated for second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Union University professor Ernest Easley announced today (May 16).
A vocational evangelist for more than 40 years, Drace has preached in approximately 1,000 Southern Baptist churches and conducted 300 of his signature Hope of the Home conferences in the U.S. and Great Britain. For the past eight years, he has served as bivocational pastor at Friendship (Tenn.) Baptist Church, the west Tennessee congregation his father once pastored and where Drace came to faith in Christ. Read More
SBC evangelism task force finalizes recommendationsFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- With hopes of catalyzing "a fresh wave of evangelistic passion," the Southern Baptist Convention's evangelism task force has finalized its recommendations to the convention and will release them a week before the SBC annual meeting in Dallas.
The task force, appointed last June by SBC President Steve Gaines, held its third and final meeting May 14-15 at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to adopting its recommendations unanimously, the 19-member group elected Southern Baptist Theological Seminary administrator Adam Greenway as vice chairman. Southwestern Seminary President Paige Patterson is chairman. Read More
2nd-gen cross-cultural pastors focus of Dallas panelDALLAS (BP) -- Second-generation Asian American pastors and others called to cross-cultural ministry are the focus of a panel discussion from noon to 1 p.m. June 12 in Dallas.
The 2nd-Generation Pastors and Planters Fellowship is open not only to Asian Americans, but second-generation pastors of any ethnic origin called to ministry outside their personal cultural groups in the U.S., said event organizer Thomas Wong.
"We just want to encourage that second generation -- who may not feel that they have resources, mentors or coaches -- that they can access guys like us," said Wong, president of the National Asian-American Second Generation Fellowship hosting the event. Read More
Dallas crowd anticipated largest since SBC 2010DALLAS (BP) -- Dallas attendance is in line to be the highest at a Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting since 2010, according to an event coordinator.
Advance hotel reservations which ended today (May 14) are about 25 percent ahead of reservations this time last year, said William Townes, SBC Executive Committee vice president for convention finance. Read More