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  • #MeToo confronts small churches, bivocational pastors

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018 (19 days ago)

    Photo by Matt Miller
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Amid the #MeToo movement, conferences and seminaries have heightened their focus on training pastors to prevent and report sexual abuse.

    But associational leader Sean McMahon worries those training efforts are leaving out a sizable group of pastors: small church and bivocational "heroes" who "work 55-60 hours a week in their normal job," serve 20 hours with the church and "never take a Sunday off."

    "Most bivocational pastors don't get to go to conferences," said McMahon, executive director of the Florida Baptist Association in Tallahassee. "Most bivocational pastors never set foot on a seminary campus.... To be able to get some real training in their hands" on abuse prevention and reporting "is huge." Read More

  • Hispanic Alliance welcomes J.D. Greear, new SBC pres.

    by Keila Diaz, posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Marc Ira Hooks
    DALLAS (BP) -- More than 100 pastors and their wives attended the Hispanic Baptist Pastors' Alliance Tuesday (June 12), welcoming new SBC President J.D. Greear during a morning of worship, fellowship and a call to go beyond the church walls.

    Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in North Carolina, kicked off the meeting telling pastors about several areas he sees as important to unity and proclamation of the Gospel.

    First, Greear said, the Gospel must be what the churches unite around. Next, people of other cultures within the SBC need to be elevated to positions of leadership. As a convention there needs to be a re-focus on evangelism and a renewed commitment to planting churches at home and around the world, something he thinks Hispanics are key to as they are able to go places Anglos can't. His final point was an encouragement to mobilize the college-aged and next generations in their strategic places. Read More

  • Pastors' wives speakers address ministry challenges

    by Shannon Baker, posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (2 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

  • Pastors' Conf. encourages, inspires, elects Danny Wood president

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, June 12, 2018 (2 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- With the theme "Fulfill Your Ministry," the Southern Baptist Convention's Pastors' Conference speakers sought to encourage and inspire pastors with their messages on Monday (June 11) -- the second day of the event.

    Pastors also elected Danny Wood, senior pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., as president of the conference during the Monday afternoon session, held in conjunction with the SBC's annual meeting in Dallas June 12-13.

    Speakers addressed the conference as follows: Read More

  • Pastors' Conf. sounds call to 'Fulfill Your Ministry'

    by Staff, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray
    DALLAS (BP) -- A diverse slate of speakers exhorted fellow pastors and church leaders to be faithful to their calling during the first two sessions of 2018 Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference June 10-11 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

    Centered on the theme "Fulfill Your Ministry" drawn from 2 Timothy 4:5, attendees were challenged to finish strong in their calling to local church ministry. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Calling out the called

    by Hance Dilbeck, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (4 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