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  • Greear: God 'stirring' SBC through transitions

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (13 days ago)

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    DURHAM, N.C. (BP) -- State conventions, Southern Baptist Convention entity presidential openings and a Sexual Abuse Advisory Study were the central topics of discussion during an Oct. 31 Facebook Live broadcast with SBC President J.D. Greear.

    Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., said he is "more convinced than ever" God "is not done" with the SBC and "is extending us an invitation to trust Him."

    The 13-minute broadcast, cohosted by Summit associate pastor Todd Unzicker, included a discussion of Greear's "Gospel above all" emphasis at Baptist state convention annual meetings this fall. Among the meetings he has attended or is scheduled to attend are the Colorado Baptist General Convention, the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists. Read More

  • SBC 2019 Pastors' Conf. names speakers, theme

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 25, 2018 (19 days ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- The 2019 Pastors' Conference has announced eight of the speakers for its Birmingham meeting June 9-10 in advance of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, with other names expected soon.

    "Kingdom Character" is the conference's theme to offer insight from the Beatitudes to help pastors and church members live faithfully in "today's news cycle and current events," according to sbcpc.net.

    "The Beatitudes will be a needed reminder to all of us about the character of ... Read More

  • 2019 SBC lodging concerns prompt Exec. Comm. response

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, October 22, 2018 (22 days ago)

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Online hotel reservations are still available for the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, but rooms within walking distance were exhausted shortly after registration opened Oct. 12.

    Bill Townes, SBC Executive Committee vice president for convention finance, answered SBC 2019 housing concerns in an Oct. 21 blogpost at SBCVoices.com. An Oct. 17 post by SBC Voices blogger and pastor Adam Blosser, who was inadvertently waitlisted at convention housing venue the Westin Hotel, prompted ... Read More

  • SBC goes 'before God in fasting' for entities

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 08, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Churches, Southern Baptist Convention entities and Baptist state conventions have heeded SBC President J.D. Greear's call to pray and fast today (Oct. 8) for the five SBC entities seeking new presidents.

    "Thanks to all of you going before God in fasting and prayer with Psalm 67 for what God has for us!" Greear tweeted, referencing Psalm 67's call for God to "be gracious" to His people so His way of salvation would be known "among all nations."

    The five entities currently seeking presidents are the SBC Executive Committee, the ... Read More

  • NAMB, Ala. Baptists plan for Crossover in Birmingham

    by Tobin Perry, posted Monday, October 08, 2018 (one month ago)

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- With eight months until Crossover 2019, Birmingham-area Southern Baptists are looking to build upon a record number of faith commitments last year.

    Although specific plans have not been finalized, the North American Mission Board is partnering with seven Alabama Baptist associations in the effort. Door-to-door evangelism in the suburbs and a Send Relief outreach downtown are expected to be part of the Crossover plans prior to the June 11-12 SBC annual meeting. Read More

  • Rudy Fagan, 20-year SBC stewardship leader, dies

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, October 05, 2018 (one month ago)

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BP) -- A. Rudolph (Rudy) Fagan, who led the former Stewardship Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention for 20 years, died Wednesday (Oct. 3) in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was 88.

    Fagan served as president of the Stewardship Commission from 1974 until his retirement in 1994.

    The Stewardship Commission, which was closed in the SBC's Covenant for a New Century restructuring in the mid-1990s, was the convention's primary advocate for the Cooperative Program channel of support for state, national and international missions and ministry. It also assisted churches in capital campaigns as they built new facilities. The commission's duties were moved to the SBC Executive Committee and LifeWay Christian Resources (then Sunday School Board) under the SBC restructuring. Read More

  • SBC 2019 online hotel registration opens Oct. 12

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 28, 2018 (one month ago)

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Online hotel registration for the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting will open Oct. 12 instead of Oct. 1 as in previous years, the SBC Executive Committee has announced.

    Changes in hotel room availability near the meeting site, the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), necessitate the delay, the EC said. Many rooms were to be utilized at the downtown Sheraton Hotel, where unanticipated renovations on a tower of 300 rooms will still be underway when the SBC convenes June 11-12, 2019. Read More

  • Rainer, at MBTS, assesses SBC & church transition

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Friday, September 21, 2018 (one month ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Hopefulness for the future of the Southern Baptist Convention in a season of denominational transition was voiced by Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, in a discussion Sept. 19 with Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Titled "The State of the SBC," the discussion during Midwestern's chapel hour focused on the many significant changes facing the denomination. Among these is the need to fill four entity leadership positions within the SBC and to address a generational transition as well. Read More

  • Greear tightens SBC Birmingham schedule

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear announced via Twitter that next year's SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala., will not include any evening sessions.

    The announcement came the same week the SBC Executive Committee released data indicating a growing role for digital media in conjunction with this year's SBC annual meeting in Dallas.

    Following a Sept. 19 meeting of the SBC Committee on Order of Business in Nashville, Greear tweeted, "Spent the day w/ the Committee on Order of Business under chairman @AdamGreenway's excellent leadership. Very excited about #SBC19 next summer. New ideas coming -- it's a new day. Tightened schedule -- No evening sessions." Read More

  • EC WRAP-UP: Sex abuse prevention, pres. search, DR

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An initiative by Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear to address sexual abuse in the church will be funded by the first $250,000 in Cooperative Program overage for 2017-2018, by a vote of the SBC Executive Committee.

    Other highlights of the Executive Committee's Sept. 17-18 meeting in Nashville included a report from the EC presidential search committee and a report on Southern Baptist Disaster Relief following Hurricane Florence. Two retiring leaders of Baptist state conventions were honored with resolutions of appreciation.

    In appropriating money for Greear's Sexual Abuse Advisory Study, an initiative in conjunction with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the EC acted on behalf of the SBC "to provide two years of funding ... to study ways to address sexual abuse and related issues in a church or ministry context," according to a recommendation approved by the EC. The funding will be drawn from an anticipated $5 million overage from the 2017-2018 CP Allocation Budget. Read More