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WRAP-UP: Greear, Pence, #MeToo draw SBC's focusDALLAS (BP) -- At an annual meeting that saw what chief parliamentarian Barry McCarty called an "extra heavy volume of business" on its opening day, the Southern Baptist Convention elected J.D. Greear as convention president and heard an address by Vice President Mike Pence.
Amid the national #MeToo movement, messengers to the June 12-13 SBC annual meeting in Dallas affirmed the dignity and worth of women and heard reports of policies SBC seminaries have enacted to address any allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct. Several motions and messenger questions related to the May 30 firing of former Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary president Paige Patterson, who allegedly mishandled a 2003 report of sexual assault at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary during his presidency there. Read More
TRUSTEES: IMB adds 47 new missionariesDALLAS (BP) -- International Mission Board trustees approved the appointment of 47 new missionaries sent by Southern Baptist churches to take the Gospel to the nations during their June 10-11 meeting in Dallas.
The new missionaries were part of a Sending Celebration June 12 during the evening session of the SBC annual meeting at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Read More
9,637: SBC's unofficial Dallas registrationDALLAS (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting drew 9,637 messengers to Dallas June 12-13. The unofficial total is nearly double last year's 5,015 messengers in Phoenix, topping that total by 11 a.m. the day before the meeting even began.
When registered guests, exhibitors and others are included, the count of those at the SBC annual meeting rose to approximately 15,000, according to the convention manager. Read More
IMB Sending Celebration: 'why we came together'DALLAS (BP) -- In an International Mission Board service marked by testimonies and prayer for the approximate 11,700 people groups around the world, IMB President David Platt reminded messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention that the SBC exists first and foremost for the spread the Gospel.
"Tonight we have the opportunity to remember the reason we came together in the first place. We exist to combine the efforts of our churches for the spread of the Gospel in the world," Platt said during IMB's Sending Celebration the evening of June 12. Read More
NAMB highlights core ministries & racial relationsDALLAS (BP) -- "We are here for you," Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, said in opening his presentation to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention. "We are grateful for you. We are eager to partner with you to push back lostness in North America."
NAMB celebrated the work of missionaries and shared new mission opportunities at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas on Tuesday afternoon (June 12). Ezell provided updates about collegiate church planting and a new resource NAMB has created to help churches foster racial reconciliation in their communities, then closed by speaking about military chaplaincy. Read More
SBC seminary presidents relay reports to messengersDALLAS (BP) -- Presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention's six seminaries reported on their 2017-2018 academic year to messengers June 13 at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas.
Iorg reports Gateway Seminary 'at its best'
By Kathie Chute
DALLAS (BP) -- Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary, reminded messengers that his past several reports have dealt with transition, moving the campus and a name change. Read More
Kie Bowman calls for new life in dry bonesDALLAS (BP) -- Kie Bowman, pastor of Hyde Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas, preached the convention sermon from Ezekiel 37, calling on Southern Baptists to ask God to breathe life into families, churches and the Southern Baptist Convention at the annual meeting in Dallas June 13.
Bowman, this year's alternate convention sermon preacher, stepped in to give the meeting's keynote message after Paige Patterson, former president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, withdrew June 8. Read More
'All of us' must evangelize, SBC agrees with task forceDALLAS (BP) -- Lay persons, pastors, churches, state conventions and Southern Baptist Convention entities have a role in an evangelism renewal plan Southern Baptists adopted Wednesday (June 13).
Messengers adopted an eight-pronged approach recommended by an Evangelism Task Force Steve Gaines appointed in 2017 in his final term as SBC president. Task Force vice chairman Adam W. Greenway presented the plan to messengers after first releasing the document June 11. Read More
LifeWay to 'provide biblical resources for the world'DALLAS (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources has begun giving away Bibles to help churches share the Word of God, LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer told messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas.
"One of the best investments we have ever made has no immediate financial return but an incredible eternal return," Rainer said during his report on Wednesday (June 13).
"We are handing out the Word of God, through churches, and we are seeing numbers upon numbers of people believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Only God could do that." Read More
IMB 'open for business,' Platt tells SBC messengersDALLAS (BP) -- International Mission Board President David Platt declared the IMB "open for business" in his report to messengers at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas June 13.
"By the grace of God and through the generous support of Southern Baptist churches, the IMB is positioned on strong biblical foundations, and we are standing on firm financial ground," Platt said. "Our giving is up through both the Cooperative Program and Lottie Moon. And our sending is up. Lord willing, we will send more missionaries this year than we have in years." Read More
ERLC: New initiatives on women, abuseDALLAS (BP) -- Russell Moore announced new initiatives on women and abuse during the report of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Wednesday (June 13) at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Moore, the ERLC's president, said the entity will convene a women's summit as a major part of its work in the year ahead. He also told messengers the ERLC is partnering with LifeWay Research in commissioning a full-scale study on the extent of abuse in churches. Read More
WMU: Great Commission at center of all we doDALLAS (BP) -- Linda Cooper, president of national WMU, opened the report of Woman's Missionary Union to Southern Baptist Convention messengers Thursday (June 13) citing findings by the Barna Group. In a March 2018 study, Barna found 51 percent of church goers have never heard the words "the Great Commission." Another 25 percent have heard the words but can't recall the exact meaning, and 6 percent are not sure if they have heard the words.
"This leaves only 17 percent of church goers who have heard the words and know their meaning," Cooper said. "How is that possible? The Great Commission is our great mandate and it is at the center of all we teach, promote and do, making disciples of Jesus who live on mission." Read More
Disciple-making task force atop NAMB report at SBCDALLAS (BP) -- Kevin Ezell delivered the North American Mission Board's report to messengers June 13 focusing on disciple-making and relaying an update on the effectiveness of Southern Baptist church planting efforts and NAMB's new initiative in Puerto Rico.
Ezell, NAMB's president, began the report by inviting Robby Gallaty to share findings and recommendations from the disciple-making task force that NAMB and LifeWay Christian Resources convened two years ago. Gallaty, who chaired the committee, pastors Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn. Read More
Messengers elect Committee on Nominations
DALLAS (BP) -- Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention have elected the 68-member Committee on Nominations for 2018-2019 to represent the 34 states or territories qualified for representation on the committee according to SBC Bylaw 30. Read More
Centennial, Mission:Dignity atop GuideStone reportDALLAS (BP) -- O.S. Hawkins brought the 100th report of GuideStone Financial Resources on Tuesday morning to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention during their June 12–13 in Dallas.
Hawkins noted the privilege GuideStone has had of living out its founder's vision.
"A century ago, our founder, William Lunsford, stood before the Southern Baptist Convention in Hot Springs, Ark., and told pastors, 'Give yourselves wholeheartedly to the work. We will stand back of you. If you fall in the work, we will care for you. If you die, we will not allow your family to suffer. If you grow old in the work, we will comfort you in your declining years,'" Hawkins recounted. Read More
EDITORIAL: Solidaridad Ministerial
Muchos de nosotros que hemos vivido en Latinoamérica conocimos, hemos oído o leído sobre Francisco Lacueva. ... Read More
FATHER'S DAY: The Character Challenge
Character is vital to being a good father, David McKinley writes, citing its key elements of responsibility, respect, restraint and resilience. Read More
Alianza Hispana le da bienvenida a J.D. Greear, nuevo CBS pres.DALLAS (BP) -- Más de 100 pastores y sus esposas asistieron a la Alianza de Pastores Bautistas Hispanos el martes (12 de Junio), dando la bienvenida al nuevo presidente de CBS J.D. Greear durante una mañana de adoración, compañerismo y un llamado a ir más allá de las paredes de la iglesia.
Greear, pastor de The Summit Church en Carolina del Norte, dio inicio a la reunión informando a los pastores sobre varias áreas que considera importantes para la unidad y la proclamación del Evangelio. Read More
J.D. Greear busca unidad y diversidadDALLAS (BP) -- Tras la elección que muchos bautistas del sur creen que fue crucial, J.D. Greear usó un tono conciliatorio en respuesta a las preguntas acerca de si su presidencia señala un cambio sustancial. Él respondió las solicitudes sobre una variedad de asuntos durante una conferencia de prensa el martes (12 de junio) en la reunión anual de la Convención Bautista del Sur (SBC).
Greear, pastor de The Summit Church en Raleigh-Durham, N.C., había sido elegido presidente de la SBC solamente horas antes y recibió dos tercios de Read More