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Okla. pastor Felix Cabrera to be 2nd VP nomineeDALLAS (BP) -- Oklahoma pastor Felix Cabrera will be nominated for second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, Alabama pastor Ed Litton announced today (March 23).
A Puerto Rico native, Cabrera planted Spanish-speaking Iglesia Bautista Central (IBC) in Oklahoma City in 2015 and has seen the congregation grow from about 12 in worship attendance to more than 200, according to information released by the church. Cabrera also is co-founder of the Hispanic Baptist Pastors Alliance and founder of the RED 1:8 Church Planting Network, which has helped plant 34 churches over the past five years in North America, Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain. Read More
Hemphill: No CP funds used for SBC candidate websiteNASHVILLE (BP) -- A Louisiana Baptist Convention-hosted website promoting Kenneth Hemphill's candidacy for Southern Baptist Convention president was not funded by any Cooperative Program money, Hemphill told Baptist Press today (March 19). Nonetheless, the site is being moved to an independent server this week to avoid "any impression that it was inappropriate."
"I'm working for the Cooperative Program and certainly wouldn't do anything to abuse it," said Hemphill, former president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More
Calif. pastor A.B. Vines to be 1st VP nomineeDALLAS (BP) -- California pastor A.B. Vines will be nominated for first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, former SBC President Johnny Hunt announced today (March 13).
Vines "is a close personal friend that has a deep love for our convention," Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., told Baptist Press via email. "In our time together he so often speaks of his passion to serve and make us better together as a convention." Read More
Danny Wood to be SBC Pastors' Conf. nomineeDALLAS (BP) -- Danny Wood, pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference, according to an announcement by Texas pastor Gregg Matte.
Matte, pastor of Houston's First Baptist Church, told Baptist Press today (March 7) Wood "has shined with integrity, love and wisdom" through more than 20 years at his current pastorate.
"With the Pastors' Conference and Southern Baptist Convention being in Birmingham for 2019, he is the right choice to lead us in his hometown," said Matte, a former Pastors' Conference president. "Most importantly, Dr. Wood understands the joys and challenges we face as pastors and will plan a conference that inspires our hearts with great theology and application." Read More
ERLC, Village Church to co-host conf. in DallasNASHVILLE (BP) -- The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Village Church will co-host a conference on the church's Gospel engagement with the world just prior to the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting this year in Dallas.The two-day event -- titled "The Gospel and the Future of the Church" -- will be held the weekend before the SBC's June 12-13 gathering in Dallas. The pre-conference, held in partnership with Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, will be June 8-9 at The Village Church's Flower Mound campus in metro Dallas. Read More
Ken Hemphill to be SBC president nomineeDALLAS (BP) -- Ken Hemphill, an administrator at North Greenville University and a former Southern Baptist Convention seminary president, will be nominated for SBC president, a coalition of Southern Baptists announced today (Feb. 1) via a Baptist state paper.
"We desire to elect a man who is a Southern Baptist through and through, values our understanding of the Gospel, and, has an established record of affirming the cooperative work of our local churches through the associations, state conventions and national entities," Louisiana Baptist Convention executive director David Hankins said according to the state's Baptist Message newsjournal. Read More
SBC 2018 Dallas registration opens Feb. 1DALLAS (BP) -- Registration opens Feb. 1 for the Southern Baptist Convention's 2018 annual meeting June 12-13 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
Registration will be available around the clock at www.sbcannualmeeting.net for messengers and invited guests. The annual meeting is a private religious gathering open to registered messengers, invited guests of messengers, program participants and approved exhibitors. Read More
SBC child care, children, youth reg. opens Feb. 1DALLAS (BP) -- Registration opens Feb. 1 for preschool child care, Giant Cow Children's Ministries and Youth on Mission in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference June 10-11 and the SBC's June 12-13 annual meeting.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) child care volunteers will care for preschoolers while Giant Cow Children's Ministries will lead the 5-12 year olds and Woman's Missionary Union will guide the Youth on Mission curricula and activities. Read More
J.D. Greear to be SBC president nominee againDALLAS (BP) -- Two years after withdrawing from a closely contested election for Southern Baptist Convention president, North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear once again will be nominated for SBC president, Florida pastor Ken Whitten announced today (Jan. 29).
Greear, 44, "is all about what Southern Baptists have been all about," Whitten, pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Fla., told Baptist Press in relaying his intention to nominate Greear during the SBC annual meeting June 12-13 in Dallas. "We bleed missions. We bleed evangelism, and we bleed the Gospel of Jesus ... Read More
SBC 2018 Dallas theme: 'Testify! Go. Stand. Speak'DALLAS (BP) -- "Testify! Go. Stand. Speak." will be the theme for the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 12-13 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, SBC President Steve Gaines has announced.
Evangelism is the urgency of the theme anchored in Acts 5:20, Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church near Memphis, told Baptist Press today (Jan. 17).
"Fulfilling the Great Commission has always been at the heart of who Southern Baptists are," Gaines said. "However, as research from [New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President] Chuck Kelley has shown, our baptisms are the lowest we have seen in 70 years. If we want to see that trend turn around, we must refocus our efforts on evangelism, telling a lost world about the hope that is found only in Jesus Christ." Read More