California's Camp Fire: 'It never turned daylight'

Disaster relief assessments begin with local pastors as the California Camp Fire continues its devastation. Southern Baptist chaplains, meanwhile, are serving with the American Red Cross in shelters for survivors.

IMB: Chitwood 'God's next leader' for entity

The International Mission Board released the following report Thursday (Nov. 15) afternoon after Paul Chitwood's election as president of the International Mission Board.

Mohler elected VP of Evangelical Theological Society

R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has been elected as vice president of the Evangelical Theological Society.
  • Dilbeck installed as Okla. Baptist state exec.

    by Staff, posted Friday, November 16, 2018 (15 hours ago)

    EDMOND, Okla. (BP) -- The 2018 annual meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) featured many highlights, including the installation of Hance Dilbeck as the ninth executive director-treasurer in the state convention's history.

    More than 650 registered messengers, and many more guests, gathered at First Baptist Church, Edmond, on Nov. 12-13 for the 112th annual meeting of the BGCO, which had the theme of "To Him be the Glory in the Church."

    Dilbeck installed, gives inaugural address

    Military veterans were honored, and the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma led times of worship in the opening of the annual meeting's first session. Read More

  • 'WinTN' messages undergird Tennessee annual meeting

    by Lonnie Wilkey, posted Friday, November 16, 2018 (14 hours ago)

    Photo by James Wilson
    JACKSON, Tenn. (BP) -- Tennessee Baptists gathered at West Jackson Baptist Church for the annual Summit with a focus on winning their state for Jesus Christ.

    The meeting, held Nov. 11-14, drew 929 registered messengers from 409 churches, along with 160 guests. Among the business conducted, messengers elected a new set of officers by acclamation for the coming year.

    “We had a strong turnout,” said Randy C. Davis president and executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. “But it wasn’t just the numbers. There was a strong sense of unity among the messengers. I believe Tennessee Baptists are recognizing that if we are to reach Tennessee for Christ we must do it together.” Read More

  • Paul Chitwood elected unanimously as IMB president

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, November 15, 2018 (yesterday)

    Photo by David Roach
    ROCKVILLE, Va. (BP) -- About a decade ago, Paul Chitwood became convinced God was calling him to mobilize missions and missionaries, he told International Mission Board trustees. That call culminated today (Nov. 15), he said, with his election as IMB president.

    "Being a member of this board for eight years changed my ministry and it changed my life, so much so that [my wife] Michelle and I questioned whether God had called us to overseas missions," Chitwood, who served as an IMB trustee from 2002-10 and chaired the board from 2008-10, said upon his election. Read More

  • Chitwood as IMB pursued: 'OK Lord, I hear You'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, November 16, 2018 (17 hours ago)

    IMB photo
    ROCKVILLE, Va. (BP) -- During the International Mission Board's presidential search process, Paul Chitwood knew departing from his role as executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention would be difficult. But he couldn't get away from Jesus' words in Mark 10:29 about leaving "house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children" for "the sake of the gospel."

    It came up so much, "I would not open my Bible to" it "because I didn't want to see that again," Chitwood said Nov. 15 following his election as IMB president at the board's International Learning Center near Richmond, Va. "And then the pastor would preach from it."

    "I finally had to say, 'OK Lord, I hear You.'" Read More

  • Southern Baptists celebrate sending 42 new missionaries

    by Ann Lovell, posted Thursday, November 15, 2018 (yesterday)

    Photo by Chris Carter/IMB
    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptists celebrated the appointment of 42 new missionaries in a service held Wednesday (Nov. 14), near Richmond, Va. Churches of all sizes from Louisiana to Indiana and North Carolina to Kansas are sending singles, couples and families to large cities, small villages and hard-to-reach places around the world.

    Vance Pitman, senior pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas, reminded new missionaries and those attending of the importance of cooperative giving and cooperative going.

    "This is our denomination at its absolute best," Pitman said. "This is the tip of the spear. We can do more together than we can do by ourselves." Read More