Pastors' Conf. to spotlight faithfulness in ministry
WMU Missions Celebration inspires 'Unshakable Pursuit' of Christ
Harper, Moore & Pomeroy to headline ministry wives' events
Hispanic unity gaining momentum as SBC Dallas nears
NAAF seeks to build bridges in racially charged U.S.
Asian Americans to honor SBC execs for ethnic inclusion
SBC Dallas: Gaines urges 'genuine unity of spirit'DALLAS (BP) -- Going into this year's annual meeting as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Steve Gaines acknowledged Southern Baptists face some critical decisions in the days and months ahead.
"Obviously, we face the challenge of seeking new leaders to fill two of our most important leadership roles -- the President of the International Mission Board and the CEO of the SBC Executive Committee," he said in written comments to Baptist Press.
"We must have Godly, Spirit-filled leaders in those positions," Gaines said. "We all know that everything rises and falls on leadership. We need to pray that the Lord will place the exact people He wants in these two vital positions." Read More
2018 SBC annual meeting program released
DALLAS (BP) -- The 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting will convene at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas on Tuesday, June 12, at 8:15 a.m. and conclude Wednesday, June 13, at 4:55 p.m. Read More
SBC Pastors' Conference 2018 schedule
DALLAS (BP) -- This year's Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference will center on the theme "Fulfill Your Ministry!" and exhort pastors and other ministers to finish strong in their callings. Read More
Korean Council to consider pastor retirement fundingDALLAS (BP) -- Discussions about helping pastors get started with a retirement plan and mentoring younger pastors are on the agenda of the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America's annual meeting in Dallas.
The Korean Council's June 11-13 sessions, which take place during the week of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting and related gatherings, will be hosted by Semihan Church in Carrollton, where Byeong Rack Choi is pastor. Read More
Filipinos to expand ministry offeringsDALLAS (BP) -- Considering an executive director job description and hearing proposals for new ministry initiatives will be among highlights of the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America's annual meeting in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas.
The fellowship will gather Tuesday, June 12 at 8:30 a.m. at Dallas Metroplex International Church, less than 20 minutes from the site of the SBC annual meeting. The theme of the Filipino Fellowship's meeting is "Together for the Gospel," based on 1 Corinthians 3:8-9. Read More
Native Americans to discuss Gospel contextualizationDALLAS (BP) -- A presentation of the Gospel message to demonstrate a contextual way of ministering to unreached and under-reached Native people will be part of the Fellowship of Native American Christians' annual meeting in June.
"Everyone is welcome," FoNAC Executive Director Gary Hawkins told Baptist Press. "In the past few years some have told me they would've enjoyed attending our meeting but thought it was only for Indians, which is far from the message FoNAC wants to project. Read More
Messianics to finalize restructuring planDALLAS (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship will finalize an organizational restructuring plan, hear reports of Jewish evangelism and potentially discuss electing an executive director when the group gathers in Dallas in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.
SBMF members and guests will convene Sunday, June 10, at noon for a lunch meeting at TGI Fridays, 1713 North Market St. in Dallas. The business portion of the gathering likely will be brief, SBMF President Ric Worshill said. Read More
At SBC, IMB to help churches 'play a vital role'DALLAS (BP) -- IMB missionaries and staff are looking forward to sharing during the SBC annual meeting in Dallas "how every church -- regardless of size, resources or unique needs -- can play a vital role" in taking the Gospel to the world's unreached people.
The International Mission Board, in a news release relaying its hopes for interacting with messengers and guests at the convention, noted, "A multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshiping our Lord Jesus Christ -- it's a big vision, and a vision the International Mission Board knows they cannot fulfill alone." Read More
NAMB to inform, mobilize pastors & churches at SBCDALLAS (BP) -- Pastors, messengers and other attendees at this year's SBC annual meeting in Dallas will have multiple opportunities to learn about ways to better engage their churches with mission efforts both locally and throughout North America.
"We never stop seeking out ways to help Southern Baptists get the hope of the Gospel out to North America," said Kevin Ezell, North American Mission Board president. "Through the Send Network, our church planting network, and Send Relief compassion ministries, we hope to equip churches to reach both their communities and all of North America." Read More
LifeWay to discuss SBC future at breakfast in DallasNASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources will provide a free breakfast and screen two new movies at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas this summer.
The focus of the LifeWay breakfast will be "Is Our Denomination Dying?" LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer will lead a discussion and question-and-answer session about the future of the SBC in a season of tremendous change and how churches can realize a bright future of evangelistic growth. The format will mirror Rainer's podcast "Rainer on Leadership" hosted by Jonathan Howe, LifeWay's director of strategic initiatives. Read More
GuideStone to mark 100th anniversary at SBCDALLAS (BP) -- One hundred years ago, messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention in Hot Springs, Ark., created a Board of Ministerial Relief and Annuities, which today has become a $15 billion financial services organization known as GuideStone Financial Resources.
At this year's SBC annual meeting in Dallas, GuideStone will give thanks to the Lord for its first century of service and look forward to the opportunities of its second century, continuing to maintain its founder's vision of coming alongside retired pastors and their widows in need in their declining years, which it does through Mission:Dignity. Read More
Seminaries' alumni & friends to gather in Dallas
DALLAS (BP) -- Alumni and friends of Southern Baptists' six seminaries will gather Wednesday, June 13, in Dallas to hear updates from the campuses and renew friendships with classmates and seminary faculty and staff. Read More
DOM title change, credentialing tops SBCAL agendaDALLAS (BP) -- Recommended changes to the title, roles and credentialing of Southern Baptist directors of missions (DOMs) will be considered at the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders' (SBCAL) 2018 annual meeting June 10–11 at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas.
Based on the findings of an ad hoc study team the SBCAL appointed in 2017, the recommendations will be published in the May 15 issue of the SBCAL newsletter The Encourager before the vote at the June 10th business session, SBCAL Executive Director Ray Gentry told Baptist Press. Read More
Evangelists to pick up Billy Graham's 'torch'DALLAS (BP) -- Following Billy Graham's death, his fellow Southern Baptist evangelists "are ready to pick up the torch" of evangelistic ministry in the 21st century, said David Stockwell, president of Southern Baptist Evangelists, also known as the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists.
They will discuss how to do that at an evangelists retreat and business meeting June 8-9 in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas. The retreat's theme is "Go Tell!" based on Mark 5:19.
In addition to the retreat, cosponsored by the Conference of Texas Baptist Evangelists, Southern Baptist Evangelists will host a Sunday worship celebration service June 10 at First Baptist Church in Grapevine, Texas. A "Southwest Supper Sing-A-Long" June 11 will give pastors an opportunity to connect with evangelists.
Pastors and other church leaders are invited to attended all slated activities. Read More
9Marks, B21, Connect 316 among events for SBC attendees
DALLAS (BP) -- Several Christian ministries -- including 9Marks, B21 and Connect 316 -- will offer events on topics ranging from the future of the Southern Baptist Convention to the doctrine of salvation for messengers and others attending the SBC's June 12-13 annual meeting in Dallas. Read More
Second global hunger run set for DallasDALLAS (BP) -- Messengers and others attending the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Dallas will have the opportunity to participate in the second Global Hunger Relief (GHR) Run to help feed the hungry.
A coalition of Southern Baptist organizations is sponsoring the run June 13, the second day of this year's annual meeting. All registration fees for the event -- which includes a 5K race and a one-mile fun run -- will be used to feed the hungry in the United States and throughout the world. Last year, 200 runners and volunteers took part in the inaugural GHR Run in Phoenix and raised more than $5,000. Read More