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Ferguson church partners with Send Relief debutFERGUSON, Mo. (BP) -- As a primary partner in the launch of the North American Mission Board's Send Relief initiative, a metro St. Louis church reintroduced itself Saturday (June 11) to a couple thousand of its neighbors on a day that coincided with the evangelism effort Crossover St. Louis.
"One of our primary goals was to tell the community we are here for you," said Joe Costephens, pastor of First Baptist Church of Ferguson. "This is a community building effort. We wanted to show that we care and want to serve our local neighborhood. To see this day, with the launch of Send Relief, with a demonstration of the Cooperation Program in action, with volunteers from churches from Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Texas and Missouri -- it was incredible." Read More
Crossover St. Louis: Hundreds come to faith in ChristST. LOUIS (BP) -- Southern Baptist volunteers reported more than 350 professions of faith in Jesus Christ during Crossover events throughout metro St. Louis this year.
One man who made a decision for Christ had been considering suicide just a few days earlier, said Eloy Rodriquez. Rodriquez, a longtime Crossover volunteer, serves as Hispanic pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Fla.
Rodriquez said his team knocked on the door of the man's house and asked if they could pray with him. The man told the team about a friend who was struggling with cancer. As they were preparing to pray, the man then opened up about his own struggles. Read More
Ind. pastor Jose Burgos to be 2nd VP nomineeST. LOUIS (BP) -- Indiana pastor Jose Burgos will be nominated for second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Missouri pastor Scott Gordon announced June 12.
Burgos has been pastor of the Chicago-area New Creation Ministry in Highland, Ind., since he served as the congregation's lead church planter in 2011. He also serves as an officer with the Hammond, Ind., police department, a post he has held since 1994. Formerly he was in the U.S. Army. Read More
EC action changes plan for SBC entity Q&A sessionST. LOUIS (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee's June 13 decision not to recommend amending SBC Bylaw 26 has forced the cancelation of a panel discussion scheduled for June 15 with SBC entity heads fielding questions from messengers to the convention's annual meeting in St. Louis. Instead, each entity president will answer messenger questions for four minutes at the end of his report.
The EC also referred back to its Bylaws Workgroup for further discussion of a proposal to grant EC representation to Baptists in five pioneer regions of the United States. Read More
Orlando massacre spurs prayer, compassionORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- Calls for prayer and compassion rang out from Southern Baptists nationwide hours after the mass murder of 49 and the injury of 53 early Sunday (June 12) at an Orlando, Fla., gay nightclub in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Armed with a handgun and an AR-15 semiautomatic assault rifle, 29-year-old Omar Mateen, a U.S.-born citizen of Afghani parents, walked into the Pulse nightclub around 2 a.m. and began shooting among the more than 300 patrons at the club as it prepared to close for the day. Read More
AVANCE honors, encourages Hispanic missions commitmentST. LOUIS (BP) -- AVANCE 2016 drew more than 100 Hispanic attendees from across the nation for an evening focused on "Firmly Standing on the Gospel -- Boldly Committed to the Mission."
During the June 12 gathering, Hispanic pastors and leaders were recognized for their work in the Kingdom and were encouraged to immerse themselves in missions in order to reach other Hispanics for Christ. Read More
Value all human life, Floyd saysST. LOUIS (BP) -- The mass shooting in Orlando and ongoing racial tension should lead Americans to place a high value on all human life, Ronnie Floyd said June 13 in his final press conference as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
"This is a great time to remind everyone that each person in this world has been made in the image of God, and we need to value human life. What happened in Orlando is inexcusable and deplorable," said Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, regarding the massacre at a gay nightclub, where reportedly 50 people -- including the shooter -- lost their lives.
Southern Baptists "stand against any prejudice, any bigotry, anything that is wrong in relation to devaluing human life, regardless of what someone does or how someone chooses to live. We value people. That's who we are, and that's what we need to continue to be," Floyd said. Read More
Clemson head coach faces Father's Day of memoriesCLEMSON, S.C. (BP) -- When Father's Day rolls around this year, Dabo Swinney won't be able to pick up the phone and call his dad.
But Clemson's head football coach still has a few voicemail messages from the man he calls "Big Erv," who passed away last August. Maybe he'll listen to them again, as he does from time to time.
Last summer, in the months before he died, Ervil Swinney had been receiving treatments in Greenville for a recurrence of lung cancer. Still, he seemed to be doing pretty well. By August, he was back at his appliance shop at the M&M Hardware in Alabaster, Ala., where he enjoyed "holding court" with his buddies. He felt tired and sat down to take a nap. He never woke up. Read More
Church's Hispanic outreach gets Crossover boostST. LOUIS (BP) -- Tower Grove Baptist Church culminated a weeklong outreach in a nearby Hispanic community by launching its first-ever Spanish service.
Spanish-speaking students from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary engaged in door-to-door evangelism in the mostly Hispanic community called Cherokee during the yearly Crossover evangelistic emphasis prior to the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting. Read More
Lee honored for 20 years leading national WMUST. LOUIS (BP) -- Approximately 150 Southern Baptist leaders, family members and friends from across the country gathered in St. Louis on June 11 to honor Wanda Lee and her leadership of national WMU over the past 20 years -- 16 as executive director and four as president.
Frank S. Page said he got to know Lee in 2010 when he assumed his current role as president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee. Page recited Micah 6:8, "What does the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? Read More
WMU opening sessions honor Lee, highlight missionsST. LOUIS (BP) -- About 500 Southern Baptists gathered June 12 for the opening sessions of WMU's 2016 Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Mo.
With a theme of "By All Means," the two Sunday programs recognized current and retired missionaries, as well as International Mission Board staff, and celebrated Wanda Lee's service as she retires as executive director of WMU. Read More
Endurance, gospel-centrality spotlighted at Pastors' Conf.ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Aimed at giving pastors a charge like the one the apostle Paul gave his son in the ministry, Timothy, in 2 Timothy 4:5-6, the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference kicked off Sunday (June 12) at the America's Center Convention Complex in St. Louis.
With the theme "Live this!", the Sunday evening and Monday morning sessions focused on issues such as suffering, endurance, the Gospel, cross-cultural ministry and evangelism. Read More