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2017 SBC Pastors' Conf. issues financial reportPHOENIX (BP) -- In what may be the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference's first public financial report, 2017 conference president Dave Miller noted expenditures of just over $400,000 for the Phoenix gathering plus an additional $100,000 provided by the Cooperative Program to help pay for meeting space.
"As pastors of average and smaller churches, the costs of the conference boggled our minds," Miller, pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Sioux City, Iowa, wrote in a Jan. 2 report. "But we found that with the support of the entities of the SBC ... Read More
SBC DIGEST: Point of Grace & LifeWay partner for new albums; conf. center leader Taylor caps 38 yrs. of service; Boyce College team treks to Houston flood zonePoint of Grace partners with LifeWay for new albums; Alabama conference center leader Buster Taylor caps 38 years of service; team from Boyce College treks to Houston for hurricane recovery work.
Point of Grace partners with LifeWay for new albums
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Grammy-nominated singing trio Point of Grace has partnered with LifeWay Worship to release a new album and will soon begin work on a second.
"Sing Noël," Point of Grace's first album with LifeWay, features 10 new arrangements of beloved carols and Christmas favorites, including "Angels from the Realms of ... Read More
SBC DIGEST: Jones leaves Ark. college, joins Calif. foundation; photojournalism conf. treks to Nashville; worship leaders' jaunt to Sam's Club goes viralIn today's SBC Digest: Tom Jones leaves Williams Baptist College, joins California Baptist Foundation; photojournalism conference treks to Nashville from Fort Worth; worship leaders' jaunt to Sam's Club goes viral.
Tom Jones leaves Williams Baptist College for Calif. post
WALNUT RIDGE, Ark. (BP) -- Tom Jones has resigned as president of Williams Baptist College to join the California Baptist Foundation's executive management staff. Read More
Survey seeks qualities of effective DOMsMCDONOUGH, Ga. (BP) -- Opinions of leaders and servants in all areas of Southern Baptist life are solicited in an online survey studying the qualities of effective leadership by directors of missions (DOMs).
The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) appointed a study group to conduct the survey to provide a uniform job title and description for the DOM position. The group will submit its report to the SBCAL in June 2018 in advance of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas. Read More
Pipeline conf. urges character growth for church leadersNASHVILLE (BP) -- Before building leadership in others, church leaders should invest in strengthening their own character, speakers told attendees at the 2017 Pipeline conference.
Around 600 leaders gathered Oct. 11-13 in Nashville for the conference, "Succession at Every Level," hosted by LifeWay Christian Resources. The event emphasized developing leaders throughout the church and preparing for smooth transitions. Read More
Congregational singing alive and well at 'Sing!' conf.BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) -- The first time Keith Getty sat down to write the melody for a new hymn, he penned the now-classic tune for "In Christ Alone."
It's been all downhill from there, Getty said with a wry smile at the recent "Sing!" conference in Nashville.
A few of his friends may disagree. Read More
ERLC conf. urges parents to be models for childrenNASHVILLE (BP) -- Christian parents must seek to be what they want their children to become, a sellout audience was told during the final two days of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's 2017 national conference.
A diverse collection of speakers -- including a United States senator, a filmmaker, storytellers, songwriters, as well as pastors and authors -- addressed about 1,300 attendees at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. The three-day event -- titled "Parenting: Christ-centered Parenting in a Complex World" -- concluded Aug. 26. Read More
Parenting about cross bearing, Moore tells ERLC crowdNASHVILLE (BP) -- Cross-shaped parenting is marked by dependence on God and connection to other Christians, Russell Moore told a sellout audience at a Southern Baptist-sponsored conference Thursday (Aug. 24).
Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, delivered the opening keynote address to about 1,300 people gathered for "Parenting: Christ-centered Parenting in a Complex World," the ERLC's 2017 national conference at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville. The three-day event will conclude Aug. 26. Read More
ERLC parenting conference sells out, begins todayNASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is kicking off its fourth annual national conference today (Aug. 24), this time on the topic it receives more inquiries about than any other -- parenting.
A sellout crowd of about 1,250 people is expected to gather today through Saturday (Aug. 26) for "Parenting: Christ-centered Parenting in a Complex World" at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville.
"It takes more than a village to raise children; it takes the church of Jesus Christ," ... Read More
Redefine your life, Send Conference's 4,000 exhortedORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- "Is anybody hungry for a fresh move of God?" Las Vegas pastor Vance Pitman asked the crowd of 4,000-plus during the first of four main gatherings at the Send Conference in Orlando, Fla.
"Our prayer is that God would move fresh in your heart -- that you would have a fresh encounter with the Holy Spirit," said Pitman, senior pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas, in speaking on how to live on mission by redefining life. Read More