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Missions effectiveness examined by SBC leadersST. LOUIS (BP) -- Entity leaders discussed ways to be more effective in global missions during one of 18 Cooperative Program panel discussions held June 13-15 in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in St. Louis.
The videotaped discussion took place at one side of the America Center's exhibit hall with Jon Akin, pastor of Fairview Baptist Church near Nashville moderating. Read More
Asian fellowship to extend awareness of SBCST. LOUIS (BP) -- Representatives from eight Asian nationalities have formed a national fellowship to expand their involvement in the Southern Baptist Convention.
The fellowship -- to be known as A2CP2 for Asian-American Church Planting/Cooperative Program -- met June 12 meeting in conjunction with the SBC's annual meeting in St. Louis. Read More
SBCAL: Leader's spiritual growth key to strong churches
ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Nearly 200 associational leaders were challenged to "work heartily as for the Lord, and not for men" during the 2016 Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders gathering held June 12-13 prior to the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in St. Louis.
"Do you consider your work important?" asked SBCAL conference team leader Ray Gentry as he established the meeting theme. "Are you working heartily? Are you serving with all of your heart?" Read More
Renfroe brings laughter, encouragement to ministers' wivesST. LOUIS (BP) -- Christian humorist Anita Renfroe brought laughter and encouragement to a sold-out crowd of 1,200 ministers' wives at the 2016 Ministers' Wives Luncheon held June 14 during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Known for her "estrogen-flavored" musical comedy, Renfroe began with a performance of her popular song, "Momisms," set to the music of the William Tell Overture, which sums up all the things that a mother says to her children. She followed with adapted songs for dads and grandparents. Read More
Litton honored by ministers' wivesST. LOUIS (BP) -- Ministers' wives awarded Kathy Ferguson Litton the 2016 Willie Turner Dawson Award during the annual Ministers' Wives Luncheon in St. Louis on June 14 during the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting.
Each year, the Dawson Award recognizes a minister's wife for making a distinct denominational contribution beyond the local church and for her Christian character and service to others.
Jeana Floyd, who ministers alongside her husband Ronnie Floyd at Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, nominated Litton, who is a native of St. Louis. Read More
Native American network spreads its wingsST. LOUIS (BP) -– A woman in Kingfisher in western Oklahoma started crying when she encountered a prayerwalking team of Native Americans from eastern Oklahoma last year.
"She asked what we were doing, and when we said we were praying about starting a church for Native Americans, she started crying," said Emerson Falls, chairman of the Fellowship of Native American Churches. "She said she'd been praying for a church to be started there."
Falls spoke during FoNAC's annual meeting, June 13, prior to the Southern Baptist Convention's 2016 annual meeting in St. Louis. Read More
Chinese focus on healthy Baptist church plantsST. LOUIS (BP) -- George Hsu borrowed from the adage "a penny saved is a penny earned," in telling Chinese Southern Baptists of his ministry at Chinese Baptist Church in the St. Louis suburb of St. Peters, Mo., which has dwindled from 100 to 30 members.
"I need some help ... to help save this church," Hsu said. "A church saved is a church planted." Read More
FROM THE STATES: Tenn., Ky. evangelism/missions news; 'It's not about what I know ... it's about Who I know'
Today's From the States features items from: Baptist and Reflector, (Tennessee), Western Recorder (Kentucky) Read More
Evangelists explore pastor, seminary partnershipsST. LOUIS (BP) -- Building relationships with pastors was the emphasis of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists as it gathered in St. Louis June 12 for a worship service and business meeting preceding the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting there.
"I really felt led of the Lord this year to make this the year we mix and mingle with pastors at the convention," COSBE President Phil Glisson, who has been a vocational evangelist 45 years, said during the business session. "... Pastors do not know us, especially these younger guys. They don't even understand what we're all about." Read More
SPORTS: Lebron James' theology
Reflecting on Lebron James' comments about "the man above" setting him on "the hardest road" to the NBA championship, northeast Ohio pastor David Gray suggests that Christians in today's cultural milieu take note of James' sense of mission: "It is time to stop complaining about the situation in which we find ourselves in the world and to pursue our calling." Read More