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Bobby Welch begins effort to rally Southern Baptists to baptize one million in one year
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (BP)--Shortly after noon, Sunday, Aug. 29, Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch boarded a rented bus on an adventure he compared to a "Lewis & Clark expedition" to try to win souls.
Welch conceived of a national bus tour rally as a means of generating a sense of urgency about evangelism among Southern Baptists. The bus tour is a kickoff for "The Everyone Can Kingdom Challenge for Evangelism" campaign which has the goal of "Witness, Win and Baptize ... ONE MILLION!" in one year.
Welch is scheduled to travel to all 50 states and Canada to visit with pastors and denominational workers and join them in neighborhood evangelistic visits. On Sunday night in Richmond Hill, Ga., the co-creator of the FAITH Sunday School Evangelism Strategy widely used in SBC churches, led by example as he shared the Gospel at two homes. Read More
‘Try,’ Bobby Welch exhorts, in seeking people for Christ
RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (BP)--In this suburb of Savannah, where First Baptist Church, Richmond Hill, is determined to reach out to a growing community, Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch told of two Florida retirees who used chainsaws and Bible verses in disaster relief after Hurricane Charley to lead 28 people to Christ. Read More
First Baptist, Daytona Beach: launching point for bus tour
SBC President Bobby Welch talks to local media and CNN Aug. 29 before beginning his nationwide bus tour to promote evangelism in the Southern Baptist Convention. Photo by James A. Smith Sr./Florida Baptist Witness
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (BP)--What some would say is among Southern Baptists’ most influential churches was founded from the debris of a storm at sea, and that’s fitting, says its pastor, Bobby Welch, who also is president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
More recently, First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach celebrated Welch’s 30th anniversary as its pastor by cleaning up glass and tangled awnings in the aftermath of Hurricane Charley –- yet as many church members were helping others in the community as were working on the battered church grounds. Read More
Church grows by pointing people to God’s Word
RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (BP)--More than 950 people have been baptized in the last five years at the Savannah-area First Baptist Church in Richmond Hill -– the second stop on Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch’s national bus tour. Read More
Evangelist uses fans' passion to share his passion for Christ
BRISTOL, Tenn. (BP)--In the shadow of the Bristol Motor Speedway, just across from a booth selling Dale Jr. T-shirts and down from a fried Oreo stand, Ronnie Hill was making his pitch. “Get your free chance to win a Harley! All you gotta do is listen to me for 10 minutes.” Read More
Former President Clinton criticizes SBC iVoteValues campaign
NEW YORK (BP)--Former President Bill Clinton criticized the Southern Baptist iVoteValues.com voter-awareness initiative Aug. 29, saying that the values debate should not be framed around the issues of abortion and same-sex "marriage." Read More
WHERE IS THE BUS TOUR TODAY? N.C., S.C.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--"The Everyone Can Kingdom Challenge for Evangelism" national bus tour by Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch is moving up the eastern seaboard, with stops slated today, Aug. 30, in Charlotte, N.C., and Spartanburg, S.C. Read More
Noted expository preacher Stephen Olford dies at 86
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (BP)--Stephen Olford, a champion of expository preaching and a mentor to many evangelical leaders, died Aug. 29 at age 86 after suffering a massive stroke. Read More
Post-Charley meals & cleanup continue among Baptist ministries
ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--Nearly 3,500 Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers from 24 states have helped prepare an estimated 800,000 meals and completed more than 3,000 cleanup and recovery projects since Hurricane Charley barreled through southwest Florida on Aug. 13. Read More
AB Funds Trust marks 3rd year as registered mutual fund family
DALLAS (BP)--Funds Trust marked its third year as a registered mutual fund family on Aug. 27. Sponsored by GuideStone Financial Resources (formerly the Annuity Board) of the Southern Baptist Convention, the fund’s assets were $7.5 billion on June 30 of this year. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Time to table discussion of Vietnam War
FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)--When I was 14 years old, I traveled to Washington, D.C., as part of a civics program for students. We walked the halls of Congress, spoke with our state’s senators and toured the U.S. Treasury Department. The sites and sounds of the nation’s capital were remarkable. Read More