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  • Pipeline event: Recruiting about people, not tasks

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Monday, October 15, 2018 (yesterday)

    Photo by Harrison Hughes
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Legacy is not what you do; it's who you develop." Todd Adkins, director of leadership development at LifeWay Christian Resources, used this phrase to summarize the 2018 Pipeline conference that drew around 600 ministry leaders to Nashville Oct. 10-12 to learn about leader recruitment and formation.

    "A recruiting culture uses a leadership pipeline to develop a person, not delegate a task," Adkins said, warning leaders that recruitment efforts are often driven more by perceived needs than spiritual gifts. Read More

  • Vision team to help implement SBCAL recommendations

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 17, 2018 (2 months ago)

    MCDONOUGH, Ga. (BP) -- An 11-member vision team will study ways to help Southern Baptist state associations implement recommended changes including a new title and system-wide professional proficiencies for directors of missions (DOMs).

    The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) vision team will research ways to help state associations implement a study team's recommendations that were adopted during the SBCAL annual meeting in June. The new vision team will report its findings to the SBCAL executive team in advance of the 2019 SBCAL annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala., June 9-10.

    Included in SBCAL-adopted recommendations are the use of the title "associational mission strategist" for all directors of missions and the adoption of certain foundational, relational and strategic proficiencies for the job description. Read More

  • Southern Baptist Deaf mark 70th meeting

    by Erin Roach, posted Monday, August 13, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church photo
    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Conference of the Deaf celebrated its 70th annual meeting with nearly 200 people from 20 states at Brentwood Baptist Deaf Church in Tennessee. The theme was "Let go … Follow God" based on Jeremiah 29:11.

    Speakers for the meeting July 8-12 on the campus of Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tenn., were Kris Courson, Danny Bice, Steve Dye and Dirk Hill, and worship was led by Joseph Bulgherini. Read More

  • 'LGBT Christians' conf. draws SBTS, ERLC responses

    by David Roach, posted Friday, July 27, 2018 (2 months ago)

    ST. LOUIS (BP) -- The Revoice Conference for "LGBT Christians," which provoked a messenger question at June's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, continued to draw a range of responses from Southern Baptists as it convened July 26-28.

    Revoice states its aim on the conference website as "Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians so they can flourish while observing the historic, Christian doctrine of marriage and sexuality." The conference is being hosted by St. Louis's Memorial Presbyterian Church, which is affiliated with the theologically conservative Presbyterian Church in America. Read More

  • NAAF to 'fill the gap' in state conv. church training

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, July 27, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Through a new initiative of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention, consultants are available to help state conventions train church staff in discipleship, evangelism, missions and community ministries.

    NAAF's African American Ministry Assist Team (AAMAT) is designed to fill Southern Baptist resource gaps that NAAF said are widening for the nearly 4,000 African American churches in the SBC.

    AAMAT will fill a critical need for both churches and state conventions, said NAAF President Marshal Ausberry Sr., pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax, Va. Read More

  • 'In spirit & in truth' aim of black conf. worship

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- An original arrangement of "Blessed Assurance" at the 2018 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference culminated in a musical round of three different phrases sung in unison, harmonizing the word "assurance" at the same time.

    "Oh what a blessed assurance." "Blessed assurance, this is my song." "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine," sang the Whosoever Will Choir comprised of volunteers attending the conference.

    Arranger, worship pastor and recording artist Joe Pace, who serves under senior pastor H.B. Charles Jr. at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., describes his arrangement as putting a "little spin" on the classic Fannie Crosby hymn. Read More

  • Culture, discipleship grow LifeWay event 25 years

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, July 23, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Race is not the issue of Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, leaders told Baptist Press upon the 25th anniversary of the event described as the largest gathering of African Americans in the Southern Baptist Convention.

    "It's the culture," said Jay Wells, a retired LifeWay Christian Resources executive who helped found the event during his tenure in 1993. "Each generation and each people group have culture and God created us with differences and uniquenesses. It's not to say one is better than the other. Read More

  • Stateside pastors begin Virgin Island partnerships

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, July 19, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Pastors leading U.S. Virgin Island churches still recovering from devastating 2017 hurricanes are receiving new stateside ministry partners as another hurricane season threatens.

    Seven pastors leading the only Southern Baptist congregations on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas are networking with stateside leaders as guests of the 2018 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference at Ridgecrest Conference Center through July 21.

    "It has been the worst year, and yet it has been the best year," Reginald Joseph, pastor of Cruz Bay Baptist Church on St. John, said at a July 17 networking event. "The hurricane [Maria] has done a number on us, but God has blessed us." Read More

  • Pastors' wives speakers address ministry challenges

    by Shannon Baker, posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray
    DALLAS (BP) -- Amid growing awareness of difficulties women often face in ministry, speakers at the 2018 Pastors' Wives Conference reminded the audience they are God's "beloved" amid ministry that can be both "brutal and beautiful."

    Lisa Harper

    Calling this week a "momentous convention," Lisa Harper urged ministers' wives to "stand, even when expected to sit, with strong conviction and soft hearts."

    "Misogyny or not, we all have to go back to what it means to be beloved," said Harper, a popular speaker and author of "The Sacrament of Happy" and "Job: An Unlikely Story of Joy." Harper is also mom to Missy, whom she adopted from Haiti in 2014. Read More