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SBC messengers adopt GCR report by wide margin
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--By an estimated 3-to-1 margin, the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report was adopted June 15 by messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.After the historic vote, task force chairman Ronnie Floyd recalled the statement issued by northern and southern Baptists after the 1845 founding of the Southern Baptist Convention and told the assembly: "Following the pattern of our leaders of old, we also would say to the watching world that the differences between those who support the Great Commission Resurgence report and recommendations and those who do not should not be exaggerated.
"We are still brothers and sisters in Christ. We differ on no article of faith. We are guided by our shared commitment to the Gospel itself and to the articles of faith identified in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. The Southern Baptist Convention is a convention of churches that is committed to a missional vision of presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every person in the world and to make disciples of all the nations. We are a Great Commission people."
The seven recommendations of the report were adopted on a show of ballots after about an hour and a half of debate, with one significant amendment.
Early in the debate, John Waters, pastor of First Baptist Church in Statesboro, Ga., offered an amendment to the third recommendation, which would institute a category of "Great Commission Giving" to recognize designated gifts to Southern Baptist mission causes outside the convention's 85-year-old unified giving channel, the Cooperative Program. Waters' amendment would have replaced the Great Commission Giving language with a statement affirming only the Cooperative Program. Read More
Wright wins runoff for SBC presidentORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Bryant Wright, pastor of the Atlanta-area Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, defeated Florida pastor Ted Traylor in a runoff for the presidency ... Read More
Hunt sees SBC at its Kadesh BarneaORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--With the passion that typifies his preaching, SBC President Johnny Hunt used his presidential address to appeal to messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention to embrace the recommendations of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force. Read More
Chapman: SBC's greatest needs spiritualORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Morris H. Chapman delivered his last address to the Southern Baptist Convention as president of the Executive Committee June 15 in Orlando, Fla., standing on his conviction that the convention's greatest needs ... Read More
Frank Page begins to set forth his vision
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Frank Page cited two goals he is envisioning as president-elect of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee: "that there would be a unity amongst the brethren and sistren such as we've never seen before" and that the world "finally realize Baptists are loving sharing people who will care and who will minister in Jesus' name."
In his first news conference after his June 13 election to head the Executive Committee, Page told reporters he is prepared for the ch... Read More
Small church with big CP heart honored with M.E. Dodd award
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--A church with 103 members and an average 30-year Cooperative Program giving rate of 32.78 percent received the M.E. Dodd Award during the Southern Baptist Executive Committee's morning report June 15 at the SBC annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.
First Baptist Church in Sparkman, Ark., which averages 60 to 75 people for worship on Sundays, was recognized for "continuous, long-term excellence in supporting the principles, practice and spirit of the Cooperative Program."
Pastors focus on missions, adoption
ORLANDO (BP)--Under the banner of "Greater Things," speakers during the June 14 afternoon and evening sessions of the 2010 Pastors' Conference -- held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. -- focused on the Great Commission and the launch of a national campaign to help pastors adopt children.
'A LONG-DISTANCE RACE'
Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C., urged the assembly to fix their eyes on Jesus and follow His exam... Read More
Stanleys address Pastors' Conference
ORLANDO (BP)--Charles Stanley -- long-time pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta -- and his son, Andy Stanley -- pastor of the Atlanta-area North Point Community Church -- appeared together on the platform of the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference June 14.
Charles Stanley was honored on the 25th anniversary of his election to a second, one-year term as SBC president; Andy Stanley, who was introduced by his father, delivered a sermon titled "Some things I've been thinking about recentl... Read More
4 GCR challenges laid before pastors
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--Four challenges to support a Great Commission Resurgence among Southern Baptists were delivered during the SBC Pastors' Conference June 14 in Orlando, Fla.
'ON THE FRONT BURNER'
A resurgence of passion for the Great Commission will involve sacrifice, said Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., and outgoing president of the Southern Baptist Convention who initiated the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force at last year's annual meeting in Lou... Read More
Uselessness paralyzing churches, Page says
ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)--In his first message as president-elect of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, Frank Page warned the sin of uselessness is paralyzing the Southern Baptist Convention and its churches.
Page, elected to the post only hours earlier, addressed the closing session of the Woman's Missionary Union 122nd annual meeting of in Orlando, Fla., which drew 600 registrants to the June 13-14 meeting.
Citing the parable of the fig tree found in Luke 13:1-9, Page ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Straight talk to church members about pastors
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--I know. Pastors aren't perfect. But they do have one of the toughest jobs in the world. Read More