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Pastors' Conf.: MacDonald out, Andrew Brunson addedBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Chicago pastor James MacDonald has withdrawn from his speaking slot at the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference in Birmingham, Ala., conference president Danny Wood announced Dec. 17.
Meanwhile, Andrew Brunson, the American pastor released this fall from imprisonment in Turkey, has been added to the June 9-10 lineup of speakers, the Pastors' Conference announced in late November. Brunson will preach from Matthew 5:10 -- "Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs."
Wood said via Twitter that MacDonald, pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago, "contacted me personally to say he is stepping away from all outside speaking engagements for a season (including Pastors Conference 2019). Thankful for this brother, and he has my prayers as he focuses upon his own local church ministry." Read More
SBC 2019 Pastors' Conf. names speakers, themeBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- The 2019 Pastors' Conference has announced eight of the speakers for its Birmingham meeting June 9-10 in advance of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, with other names expected soon.
"Kingdom Character" is the conference's theme to offer insight from the Beatitudes to help pastors and church members live faithfully in "today's news cycle and current events," according to sbcpc.net.
"The Beatitudes will be a needed reminder to all of us about the character of ... Read More
ETCH conference: Together, we can do so much moreNASHVILLE (BP) -- When attendees arrived at the 2018 ETCH family ministry conference, each discovered a small, monochromatic card on their seat.
Over the course of the conference, church leaders assembled these seemingly insignificant cards into a giant collage that revealed a Helen Keller quote: "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."
The visual aide marked the tone for a conference focused on breaking down silos and helping ministry leaders and families link arms around the Gospel. ETCH -- ... Read More
Pipeline event: Recruiting about people, not tasksNASHVILLE (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 recommendationsMCDONOUGH, 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 meetingBRENTWOOD, 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 responsesST. 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 trainingRIDGECREST, 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. worshipRIDGECREST, 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 yearsRIDGECREST, 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