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  • FIRST-PERSON: Calling out the called

    by Hance Dilbeck, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (8 days ago)

    Churches need a fresh resolve to call out men to be pastors, Hance Dilbeck writes. "We need more people-loving, Bible-preaching, holy-living, soul-winning pastors. ... Let's challenge people to listen, to imagine the possibility of God's call, to embrace the blessing of a life spent building up the church and advancing the Gospel." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A normal Baptist church

    by Randy C. Davis, posted Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (one month ago)

    Randy Davis tells of visiting a "normal" Baptist church in a "normal" rural community led by a "normal" bivocational pastor. But churches like First Baptist Howell are "pretty exceptional in my book," Davis writes. Read More

  • SBC Pastors' Conference 2018 schedule

    by BP Staff, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (one month ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- This year's Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference will center on the theme "Fulfill Your Ministry!" and exhort pastors and other ministers to finish strong in their callings. Read More

  • Pastors' Conf. to spotlight faithfulness in ministry

    by David Roach, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (one month ago)

    BP file photo by Bill Bangham
    DALLAS (BP) -- Following the election of H.B. Charles as the first African American president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference, diversity has been among the anticipated emphases at this year's conference.

    But Charles says diversity, while important, will be a secondary focus as pastors and their wives gather June 10-11 in Dallas. When selecting speakers to invite, faithfulness in the pastorate was his primary criterion, in keeping with the conference's "Fulfill Your Ministry!" theme, drawn from 2 Timothy 4:5. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Coach, captain & cheerleader

    by Scott Brown, posted Monday, March 26, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Scott Brown reflects on the qualities a pastor engaged in church revitalization needs for leadership that is "stronger, durable and enduring." Read More

  • Danny Wood to be SBC Pastors' Conf. nominee

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, March 07, 2018 (2 months ago)

    DALLAS (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

  • Pastors' Conf. announces 2018 speakers, theme

    by David Roach, posted Monday, February 19, 2018 (3 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- "Fulfill Your Ministry!" will be the theme addressed by a diverse lineup of speakers at this year's Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference June 10-11 in Dallas.

    Pastors' Conference President H.B. Charles Jr. announced the theme, drawn from 2 Timothy 4:5, and speakers, half of whom are non-Anglo, late last week in a blog post. Five African American preachers will join one Hispanic preacher and six Anglos. Read More

  • Factory or horseback, bivocational pastor thrives

    by Sue Sprenkle, posted Thursday, January 04, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Sue Sprenkle
    AUGUSTA, Kan. (BP) -- Each workstation is a flurry of activity. Plastic bottles stream down the conveyer belts. Hands reach out to adjust each bottle to face the same direction before they go to plastic wrap. Across the floor, someone shouts above the rickety-racket to shut down one of the machines and reload.

    Don Mayberry walks through the factory's maze of machines and activity, stopping to talk to each person. He asks about family, the latest sports event or simply how their day is going. His conversations with coworkers inevitably end in smiles, laughter and lighthearted teasing along with his trademark fist bump or the occasional side-hug.

    It's the same at the cowboy church Mayberry pastors in Augusta, Kan. Read More

  • 2017 SBC Pastors' Conf. issues financial report

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, January 03, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Screen capture from sbcannualmeeting.net.
    PHOENIX (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

  • Next Gen Pastors' Network: Leaders share challenges

    by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN, posted Tuesday, January 02, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Jane Rodgers/Southern Baptist TEXAN
    DALLAS (BP) -- "Only 38 percent of evangelical pastors are under the age of 40, the lowest percentage in history," Shane Pruitt, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention director of evangelism, told the Texan before the start of the SBTC's Next Gen Pastors' Network Roundtable at Criswell College.

    More than 100 young pastors assembled in Criswell's Horner Hall and library for breakout sessions, dinner and a panel discussion before the 2017 SBTC Annual Meeting convened. The Nov. 13 gathering marked the merger of Next Gen with another young pastors' group, Forge, said Tony Wolfe, SBTC director of ... Read More