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Steve Gaines elected SBC president after J.D. Greear withdrawsST. LOUIS (BP) -- Following a runoff vote that didn't produce a majority winner on Tuesday (June 14), North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear announced Wednesday he would withdraw from the race for president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the SBC's annual meeting in St. Louis. Greear's decision -- in an effort to help bring unity following a close vote -- avoided a second runoff and left Tennessee pastor Steve Gaines elected by acclamation as president of the SBC. Read More
Evangelism 'groundswell' urged by Frank PageST. LOUIS (BP) -- Southern Baptists need "a long-term vision of Great Commission Advance."
Frank S. Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee, addressing messengers to the convention's annual meeting, cited Southern Baptists' decline in baptisms and in missionary numbers in calling for "a groundswell of intentionality like never before to see God's Great Commission accomplished."
"It is time to review our ministry assignments. It is time to see if there is any way we can lead our churches" toward heightened resolve in "the work God called them to do," said Page, whose vision for Great Commission Advance has called churches to elevate their missions involvement through the Cooperative Program. Read More
'We need You, Lord': Baptists plead for national revivalST. LOUIS (BP) -- At times they raised their hands. At times they gathered together in groups of two to three. And at times thousands of messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention knelt at their chairs on Tuesday night (June 14) as they pleaded with God to bring national revival and spiritual awakening to America.
In one of his final acts as SBC president, Ronnie Floyd led the convention in an evening of prayer during its annual meeting in St. Louis.
"From this moment on, it will not be about personalities on the stage. It will be about Jesus, all the way," said Floyd, who has focused much of his two-year presidency on urging Southern Baptists to pray for spiritual awakening. "We're about to give Him praise. And from this moment on, I'm going to ask you to give Him your all. What if this were your last night on this earth? Wouldn't you want to give it all to Jesus and be ready?" Read More
Gateway name approved; WMU's Wanda Lee honoredST. LOUIS (BP) -- Two significant changes in Southern Baptist life were key elements of the Executive Committee report to 7,200-plus messengers at the SBC annual meeting in St. Louis:
-- final approval of the new name -- Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention -- for the former Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, which is relocating its main campus to Southern California from the San Francisco Bay Area. Read More
Radical obedience Williams' call in NAAF addressST LOUIS (BP) -- Radical obedience, inexplicable unity and Scriptural correctness were the clarion calls in K. Marshall Williams' final presidential address to the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention preceding the SBC annual meeting in St. Louis.
Williams, pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church in Philadelphia, employed the rhythmic and exhortative preaching style traditionally heard in African American pulpits across the country when he called preachers to be prophets of God instead of "pimps and puppets." Read More
Gaines recounts presidential decisionST. LOUIS (BP) -- Steve Gaines, elected president by acclamation at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis, recounted in a press conference afterward how God led the candidates to that "special moment" of unity.
After a runoff didn't produce a majority winner between Gaines, pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., and J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Greear withdrew his name and urged messengers to vote for Gaines. Read More
SBC resolutions address culture, ministry concernsST. LOUIS (BP) -- Messengers to the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention, in addition to repudiating the display of the Confederate battle flag, approved 11 other resolutions on a variety of culture and ministry concerns.
Messengers voted on the proposals over both days of the annual meeting, adopting resolutions that expressed compassion for those devastated by the Orlando mass shooting, urged consistent evangelism of unbelievers and encouraged care for refugees. They also passed measures that included calling for the federal government not to discriminate against people who support only the biblical, traditional view of marriage and opposing an effort to require women to register for the military draft. Read More
'Horrified & heartbroken,' Orlando mournsORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- Pain pulsing through Orlando this week touches many more than the families of the 49 murdered and the 53 wounded by a single gunman's terrorism on the Lord's Day at a gay nightclub; it touches the entire community, pastors holding prayer services told Baptist Press.
Prayer services continue today (June 15) at 6:30 p.m. at Delaney Baptist Church two blocks from the crime scene, and at 7:30 p.m. at The Church of the Cross, both Southern Baptist congregations. Read More
Crossover St. Louis sees increase in faith decisionsST. LOUIS (BP) -- Southern Baptist volunteers took advantage of the preparations made in advance of Crossover St. Louis and saw those efforts result in 556 St. Louis residents placing their faith in Christ for salvation. As the host city for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, the St. Louis Baptist Association and executive director Jim Breeden helped create environments where people were receptive to Gospel conversations. Read More
10 of 22 motions referred to SBC entitiesST. LOUIS (BP) -- Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention proposed 22 motions, the most since 2010. Ten motions were referred to convention entities for further study and for a report at the 2017 SBC meeting in Phoenix.
The Committee on Order of Business automatically referred three motions to SBC entities and/or the Executive Committee: Read More
FATHER'S DAY: Pray for them, play with them
"That's the last time I ever saw my dad," family physician Robert Jackson writes of the day his dad prayed for him before dying in a plane crash the next day. "My memories of my dad are precious, deep and rich," Jackson writes of the many ways his father had shown his love for his family. Read More