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2019 SBC Annual Meeting theme announced by GreearBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- The supremacy of the Gospel will motivate Southern Baptist Convention President J. D. Greear as he leads Baptists to evangelize, plant churches, and mobilize college students for the Kingdom, he said in announcing his theme for the 2019 SBC annual meeting.
Greear stated his theme as "Gospel Above All" and expressed that he will reflect on the Gospel "again and again" during his term.
"It is the Gospel that is the source of our renewal, and it is the Gospel that should be our defining characteristic as a people," Greear said in his first presidential address to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee at its fall meeting. "[The Gospel] should be what people think about and talk about when they think and talk about us." Read More
2019 SBC lodging concerns prompt Exec. Comm. responseBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Online hotel reservations are still available for the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, but rooms within walking distance were exhausted shortly after registration opened Oct. 12.
Bill Townes, SBC Executive Committee vice president for convention finance, answered SBC 2019 housing concerns in an Oct. 21 blogpost at SBCVoices.com. An Oct. 17 post by SBC Voices blogger and pastor Adam Blosser, who was inadvertently waitlisted at convention housing venue the Westin Hotel, prompted ... Read More
NAMB, Ala. Baptists plan for Crossover in BirminghamBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- With eight months until Crossover 2019, Birmingham-area Southern Baptists are looking to build upon a record number of faith commitments last year.
Although specific plans have not been finalized, the North American Mission Board is partnering with seven Alabama Baptist associations in the effort. Door-to-door evangelism in the suburbs and a Send Relief outreach downtown are expected to be part of the Crossover plans prior to the June 11-12 SBC annual meeting. Read More
SBC 2019 online hotel registration opens Oct. 12BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Online hotel registration for the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting will open Oct. 12 instead of Oct. 1 as in previous years, the SBC Executive Committee has announced.
Changes in hotel room availability near the meeting site, the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), necessitate the delay, the EC said. Many rooms were to be utilized at the downtown Sheraton Hotel, where unanticipated renovations on a tower of 300 rooms will still be underway when the SBC convenes June 11-12, 2019. Read More
Greear tightens SBC Birmingham scheduleNASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear announced via Twitter that next year's SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala., will not include any evening sessions.
The announcement came the same week the SBC Executive Committee released data indicating a growing role for digital media in conjunction with this year's SBC annual meeting in Dallas.
Following a Sept. 19 meeting of the SBC Committee on Order of Business in Nashville, Greear tweeted, "Spent the day w/ the Committee on Order of Business under chairman @AdamGreenway's excellent leadership. Very excited about #SBC19 next summer. New ideas coming -- it's a new day. Tightened schedule -- No evening sessions." Read More
'A powerful tool': 2018 SBC Annual available onlineNASHVILLE (BP) -- The 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Annual has been posted online, with hard copies available for order.
The Annual is a comprehensive collection of reports, budgets and proceedings from the June 12-13 SBC annual meeting in Dallas as well as a compilation of historical data and reports from convention entities.
Among the data available in this year's Annual: Read More
SBC messengers 'getting younger,' Dallas report showsDALLAS (BP) -- Nearly twice as many messengers attended the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting when compared to the previous year, fueled by a strong Southern Baptist presence in Texas, the SBC Executive Committee has announced.
The latest registration report also showed increases in first-time attendees and those in the 18- to 39-year-old range.
Messengers in Dallas totaled 9,632, SBC registration secretary Don ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: No longer asking, 'Who cares?'
Nate Adams recounts the change in his attitude about the SBC annual meeting from "Who cares?" years ago to "Who decides?" the direction of the convention's entities in the cause of Christ, their doctrinal positions and leadership. Read More
Women & Work seeks to broaden Kingdom productivityBRANDON, Miss. (BP) -- Women & Work, a ministry launched this year with a panel at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, seeks to fill a void in Baptist life for women who want to contribute to the Kingdom by working in ministry, working from home or working in the secular world.
Courtney L. Moore, the ministry's founder, is a stay-at-home mother of three and pastor's wife in Brandon, Miss., and she explained that her personal journey is part of what led her to start Women & Work. She felt called to ministry in high school but didn't know many women in full-time ministry. Read More
Greear confronts SBC challenges in NPR interviewNASHVILLE (BP) -- Newly elected Southern Baptist Convention president J.D. Greear addressed topics ranging from the #MeToo crisis to politics and evangelicals in a recent interview with NPR, one of his first since taking the role.
In a June 25 interview with Rachel Martin of NPR's Morning Edition, Greear said that even though evangelical Christians may appear to have a "restless conscience right now," that restlessness has the potential to usher in healthy self-evaluation and repentance. Read More