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TRUSTEES: SEBTS reports gains in minority enrollmentWAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted the biannual meetings of the board of trustees and Southeastern Society April 16-18 at the Wake Forest, N.C., campus.
President Danny Akin, reviewing key accomplishments at the seminary, noted to the trustees and Southeastern Society donor supporters that enrollment has increased to 3,580 students. Minority enrollment has grown from 10 percent to 16 percent in the past five years, Akin said, with the Hispanic student population having tripled and African American population doubled. Read More
U.S. entry to WWI remembered as chaplaincy catalystNASHVILLE (BP) -- The 100th anniversary of the United States' entry to World War I is also, says former U.S. Army chief of chaplains Douglas Carver, the 100th anniversary of when "the U.S. military chaplaincy came into its own ... as a distinct branch of the Armed Services."
Among Southern Baptists, April 2017 additionally marks the 100th anniversary of the North American Mission Board's assignment to coordinate Southern Baptist Convention participation in U.S. military chaplaincy -- initially under the auspices of NAMB's precursor, the Home Mission Board. Read More
SBC Phoenix: 'Pray! For such a time as this'PHOENIX (BP) -- As this year's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting approaches, SBC President Steve Gaines says fellow Baptists should anticipate emphases on prayer, evangelism and financial stewardship at the June 13-14 gathering in Phoenix, where the 2003 and 2011 annual meetings also were held.
This year's annual meeting theme is "Pray! For such a time as this" based on Luke 18:1 and Esther 4:14. Gaines hopes that through a commitment "to fervent, frequent, faith-filled prayer," the SBC will become "a catalyst for spiritual awakening and revival." Read More
Pastors' Conference to spotlight Philippians
PHOENIX (BP) -- Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference president Dave Miller doesn't expect attendees of this year's sessions to recognize the names of all 12 conference preachers.But that's OK, he said, because the preachers' names aren't the focus. With the theme "above every name," the June 11-12 gathering is centered on 12 pastors of average-sized Southern Baptist churches preaching through the biblical book of Philippians to exalt Jesus' name. Read More