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Pastors' Conf.: H.B. Charles Jr. elected president
The 2017 SBC Pastors' Conference proved historic on many levels including the unanimous election of H.B. Charles Jr., pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., as the conference's first black president. Read More
$3.1M Cooperative Program gift featured in EC reportPHOENIX (BP) -- Flanked by more than two dozen Florida pastors, Tommy Green of the Florida Baptist Convention presented a gift of $3,136,500 to the Southern Baptist Convention during the Executive Committee report June 13 in Phoenix.
The CP gift, from the sale of the Florida convention's former building, was among numerous facets of the Executive Committee's report to messengers during the convention's 160th session since the SBC's founding in 1845. Read More
Send Luncheon: 'Evangelize or fossilize'PHOENIX (BP) -- A full-capacity audience gathered at the Phoenix Convention Center Monday (June 12) for a discussion about evangelism at the North American Mission Board's 2017 Send Luncheon which coincided with the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference.
"NAMB exists to come alongside churches and help them be on mission," NAMB president Kevin Ezell told pastors. "The mission of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To push back lostness in North America. To see that every man, woman, boy and girl can hear the Gospel. Everything we do is about evangelism. We as a convention need to focus on having gospel conversations." Read More
Common Ground: Pastors share testimonies, advicePHOENIX (BP) -- Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, said he began his ministry as a street preacher who didn't know anything about the Southern Baptist Convention.
Luter, a former SBC president, was one of four pastors who gave a "Common Ground Testimony" to encourage those in ministry during the SBC Pastors' Conference meeting in Phoenix June 11-12. Read More
SBC DIGEST: Florida's Barbara Denman to retire; historic Baltimore church facing foreclosure; Baptist communicators serve in Phoenix
Barbara Denman, 30-year director of communications with the Florida Baptist Convention, to retire; Baltimore church where Annie Armstrong was baptized faces foreclosure; Baptist communicators help tell SBC story in Phoenix. Read More
NAAF expanding SBC footprint for 4,000 churchesPHOENIX (BP) -- The 4,000-church strong National African American Fellowship (NAAF) announced new partnership initiatives at its June 12 business meeting to increase black church participation and leadership in the Southern Baptist Convention.
Partnership initiatives with Southern Baptist mission boards, intended to strengthen churches while advancing the Great Commission, are at various stages of development, NAAF Executive Director Dennis Mitchell said during his annual report. Initiatives with non-SBC but like-minded ministries valuable in the African American community are also underway, Mitchell said. Read More
Moments of restoration recalled at WMU annual meetingPHOENIX (BP) -- "Defining Moments," those dramatic, life-changing experiences that make an eternal difference in the hearts and minds of the Christian believer, were recounted and celebrated during the Monday sessions of the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting, held June 11-12 at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.
The 325 registered participants of the two-day meeting explored defining moments in the Bible and in the lives of missionaries, national WMU leaders, Acteens panelists and other SBC leaders. Read More
AVANCE: More Hispanic churches urged to mobilize for missionsPHOENIX (BP) -- AVANCE 2017 drew Hispanic Southern Baptists from across the nation on Monday (June 12) prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting to encourage more Hispanic congregations and their pastors to mobilize for missions.
Edgar Aponte, International Mission Board vice president for mobilization, encouraged those in attendance to fill up the ranks of missionaries and churches going out and sharing the Gospel. Read More