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  • Georgia's J. Robert White announces plans to retire

    by Gerald Harris , posted Tuesday, March 13, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Joe Westbury/The Christian Index
    DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- Georgia Baptist Mission Board Executive Director J. Robert White signaled his intention to retire after more than 25 years in the position in a letter he read to the GBMB executive committee today (March 13).

    White, 71, announced his retirement would become effective Dec. 31, 2018, when he has completed 26 years as the mission board's executive director.

    Although White grew up in Florida and Alabama, he had served as pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Carrollton, Ga., in the 1970s and early 1980s ... Read More

  • Ga. Baptists honor White; add college budget goals

    by Joe Westbury/The Christian Index, posted Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Scott Barkley/Christian Index
    LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (BP) -- Messengers to the 196th annual meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention recognized J. Robert White on his 25th anniversary as GBC executive director, approved a $41.2 million budget and collected more than 34,000 backpacks for needy children.

    Messengers gathered at North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville for the Nov. 13-14 meeting, which was preceded by the Sunday evening Inspirational Rally where International Mission Board President David Platt, an Atlanta native, spoke. Read More

  • Georgia Baptists increase budget to $41M

    by Christian Index staff, posted Monday, November 28, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Joe Westbury/Christian Index
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (BP) -- Messengers to the 195th Georgia Baptist Convention annual meeting approved an increased Cooperative Program budget of $41,000,000 -- 42 percent of which will be forwarded to Southern Baptist Convention causes.

    In addition, they re-elected Alpharetta pastor Thomas Hammond as president at the Nov. 14-15 gathering at Calvary Baptist Temple in Savannah.

    Of the remaining budget, 11.74 percent -- $4,812,500 -- will be allotted for ... Read More

  • Ga. Baptists increase budget, boost CP giving

    by Staff/Christian Index, posted Thursday, December 03, 2015 (2 years ago)

    MARIETTA, Ga. (BP) -- A brand new Georgia Baptist Convention reinvented for a new era in ministry was unveiled to messengers at the 194th annual meeting of the state convention. Messengers, meeting at Roswell Street Baptist Church on Nov. 9-10, also approved a 2016 budget of $40,600,000, a modest $200,000 increase over the current year's budget and the first increase in six years. Read More

  • Ga. Baptists announce new name, ministry direction

    by Joe Westbury/Christian Index, posted Tuesday, September 15, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Scott Barkley/Index
    DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- Georgia Baptists have announced they are reinventing themselves with a new focus, new organizational structure, and new name that better communicates their mission and identity. The new direction was rolled out to state missionaries Monday (Sept. 14) at the Baptist Missions and Ministry Center in Duluth and shared with the Georgia Baptist Executive Committee today (Sept. 15).

    The focus emerged after nearly a year of study that centers around eight objectives ranging from involving the next generation to better equipping churches and ... Read More

  • Ga. Baptist paper to end printed editions Jan. 1

    by Christian Index/BP Staff, posted Thursday, September 10, 2015 (2 years ago)

    DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- The Christian Index will transition primarily to an online presence Jan. 1, the Georgia Baptist Convention's newsjournal has announced.

    "Bowing to the pressures of an increasingly difficult economic climate with rising production and distribution costs -- coupled with declining revenue from circulation and advertising -- The Index will produce its final biweekly print edition on Dec. 24," the paper reported in its Sept. 3 print edition. Read More

  • James Griffith, former Ga. Baptist exec, dies

    by Joe Westbury & J. Gerald Harris/The Christian Index, posted Wednesday, May 13, 2015 (2 years ago)

    PALMETTO, Ga. (BP) -- James H. "Jim" Griffith, 89, executive director emeritus of the Georgia Baptist Convention, died May 7 at Southwest Christian Hospice in Union City, Ga. He had been admitted to the facility the previous Wednesday in failing health. Read More

  • Ga. Baptist missions-ministry center now debt-free

    by Staff/Georgia Christian Index, posted Tuesday, March 10, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Photo by Joe Westbury/Christian Index
    DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- The debt on the Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center has been paid in full by a $25 million gift from the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation.

    The announcement of the gift, which relieves the convention of an annual $1.6 million debt obligation, was made during the GBC Executive Committee's March 10 meeting at the Atlanta-area center in Duluth, which opened in September 2006. Read More

  • Atlanta fire chief fired over pro-family book

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 07, 2015 (3 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP) -- Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been terminated following a city investigation into a book he wrote that calls homosexual behavior immoral and upholds a biblical view of sexuality.

    Cochran is a deacon, Sunday School teacher and Bible study leader at Atlanta's Elizabeth Baptist Church, a cooperating church with the Georgia Baptist Convention. A two-time Atlanta fire chief, Cochran also served as U.S. Fire Administrator under President Obama from 2009-10.

    Mayor Kasim Reed said Jan. 6 that Cochran's failure to obtain proper city permission to publish the book and his refusal to remain silent about the matter during an investigation contributed to the firing. Read More

  • Atlanta fire chief gets Baptists' defense

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (3 years ago)

    ATLANTA (BP) -- Georgia Baptist Convention leaders are rallying to defend Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, who has been suspended without pay for a month and ordered to undergo sensitivity training over a book he wrote that upholds a biblical view of sexuality.

    Cochran is a deacon, Sunday School teacher and Bible study leader at Atlanta's Elizabeth Baptist Church, which is affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention. Read More