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TRUSTEES: Gospel conversation critical, Ezell saysPHOENIX (BP) -- North American Mission Board president Kevin Ezell told the entity's trustees that in order to see the kind of turnaround in baptisms that Southern Baptists desire, it will take millions of Southern Baptists having tens of millions of gospel conversations.
Without decreasing NAMB's emphasis on church planting through its Send Network or compassion ministry through Send Relief, Ezell said NAMB will "put every ounce of energy we possibly can to help our convention see the importance of having gospel conversations." Read More
Native Americans celebrate growth
The Fellowship of Native American Christians celebrated significant growth at its ninth annual meeting, which took place June 12 in Phoenix. Read More
Chinese Baptist Fellowship shares church planting efforts
Members of the Chinese Baptist Fellowship heard updates from an IMB missionary and NAMB church planters on Chinese church planting efforts at their dinner meeting on June 13. Read More
Messianics meet with Arabic-speaking believersPHOENIX (BP) -- Arabic praises could be heard alongside the more typical Hebrew worship at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship (SBMF) this year as the fellowship met June 11 at First Arabic Baptist Church in Phoenix.
The gathering -- held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting -- included a joint worship service of Arab, Kurdish and Jewish followers of Jesus; a fellowship meal; and an SBMF business session. Also in attendance were Muslims who have not yet trusted Christ as their Lord and Savior but value the friendship First Arabic offers. Read More
Korean Council elects new executive director
James Kang was elected on a second ballot to a potentially unlimited term as executive director of the 830-church fellowship known as the Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America, and as the "Korean Council." Read More
Partnerships focus of NAA FellowshipPHOENIX (BP) -- The National Asian American (NAA) Fellowship spotlighted the need for more partnerships with Southern Baptist seminaries and a desire to reach second-generation Asian Americans. The group met for its second annual meeting in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Phoenix.
The group, made up of eight Asian fellowships, was formed in October 2016 in Dallas as a fellowship specifically for second-generation Asian Americans. More than 60 were in attendance for the June 12 meeting. Read More
Filipino Baptists delay vote on executive directorPHOENIX (BP) -- A vote to postpone election of an executive director and continued emphasis on church planting were among highlights of the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America's (FSBFNA) annual meeting June 13 in Phoenix.
During a business session, the fellowship's officers nominated Dan Santiago, pastor of Covenant Christian Church in Jacksonville, Fla., as the first-ever FSBFNA executive director. ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: It started with a baby & a puppy
Rhonda Rhea reflects on cute videos and other distractions. "But we do only live once here, YOLO as they say," she notes. "I think if someone translated 'YOLO' into Latin, it would be, 'carpe diem.' Every day is one that's begging to be seized." Read More