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  • 'Associational Mission Strategist' suggested DOM title

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (11 hours ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- "Associational Mission Strategist" (AMS) is the new recommended title for Southern Baptist mission leaders formerly called directors of missions or DOMs.

    The new title was unanimously approved by nearly 250 members attending the 2018 Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL), June 10-11 in Dallas, though its recommendations are not binding for the more than 1,100 autonomous associations in Southern Baptist life.

    A 12-member Associational Study Team commissioned at the 2017 SBCAL meeting in Phoenix recommended the title along with new foundational, relational and strategic proficiencies for effective associational leaders. Read More

  • Task force report: Baptism must lead to discipleship

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (11 hours ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- "Could it be that we have considered baptism to be the finish line and not the starting line?" Robby Gallaty asked messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas.

    "Could it be that we have spent a lot of our time teaching people what they're saved from, and we haven't spent time teaching people what they're saved for?"

    Gallaty set forth the recommendations of a Disciple-making Task Force during the June 13 report of the North American Mission Board at the SBC annual meeting. Gallaty is a Tennessee pastor who has chaired the task force since it was commissioned two years ago by NAMB and LifeWay Christian Resources. Read More

  • 8 entity heads field messenger questions

    by SBC writing team, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (yesterday)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Questions were posed to eight Southern Baptist Convention entity presidents during time allotted for messengers' questions during the leaders' respective reports at the June 12-13 SBC annual meeting in Dallas.

    Following are accounts of the entity presidents' responses. Not all entity presidents were asked questions.

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  • 'Undivided' race relations resource debuts at SBC

    by Brandon Elrod, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (yesterday)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- A breakout session on racial reconciliation during the SBC annual meeting accompanied the release of a new resource to help pastors and churches bridge the racial divide in their communities titled "Undivided: Your Church and Racial Reconciliation."

    Those who attended the June 12 session hosted by the North American Mission Board heard a pair of panel discussions centering on the history of race relations in the SBC; current issues that divide different ethnicities; and next steps toward a unified mission. Read More

  • Abuse in the church: Its trauma aired by panel at SBC

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (yesterday)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- The pastor of an Austin, Texas, Southern Baptist church "finds I'm spending more time in preparation than ever before" for his Sunday morning sermons.

    Matt Carter, pastor of preaching and vision at Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas, said in a CP Stage panel discussion prior to the SBC annual meeting in Dallas that he weighs his words to make sure they do not send the wrong message to the potential 25 percent of the women in the church who have suffered abuse in their lifetime. Read More

  • Evangelist-led worship 'hit the mark,' pastor reports

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (yesterday)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Southern Baptist Evangelists -- preachers and singers -- provided a "Worship Encounter" Sunday (June 10) in their annual worship celebration preceding the SBC annual meeting in Dallas.

    The worship service sponsored by Southern Baptist Evangelists, also known as the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists, took place at First Baptist Church in Grapevine, where Doug Page has been pastor the last five years.

    "Everybody [on stage] was passionate about Jesus. Several [members] ... Read More

  • Stewardship panel: Finances & marriage discussed

    by Barbara Denman, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (yesterday)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Developing a stewardship plan to get out of debt will strengthen marriages and create stronger disciples, according to a group of pastors and speakers who participated on the President's Panel on Stewardship June 13 at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas.

    Led by immediate past SBC President Steve Gaines, the panel consisted of personal finance speaker and author Dave Ramsey; his daughter Rachel Cruze, also an author and speaker; Grant Gaines, pastor of Calvary ... Read More

  • Seminary luncheons: highlights & challenges

    by SBC Seminary Staff, posted Tuesday, June 19, 2018 (yesterday)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Campus highlights and challenges were among the topics of June 13 luncheons for alumni and friends of Southern Baptist seminaries during the SBC's annual meeting in Dallas.

    Gateway

    DALLAS (BP) -- About 150 alumni and friends of Gateway Seminary gathered for their annual luncheon at the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas June 13. Attendees heard reports about the seminary's progress ... Read More

  • LifeWay to 'provide biblical resources for the world'

    by Lisa Cannon Green, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (6 days ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources has begun giving away Bibles to help churches share the Word of God, LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer told messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas.

    "One of the best investments we have ever made has no immediate financial return but an incredible eternal return," Rainer said during his report on Wednesday (June 13).

    "We are handing out the Word of God, through churches, and we are seeing numbers upon numbers of people believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Only God could do that." Read More

  • WRAP-UP: Greear, Pence, #MeToo draw SBC's focus

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, June 14, 2018 (6 days ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- At an annual meeting that saw what chief parliamentarian Barry McCarty called an "extra heavy volume of business" on its opening day, the Southern Baptist Convention elected J.D. Greear as convention president and heard an address by Vice President Mike Pence.

    Amid the national #MeToo movement, messengers to the June 12-13 SBC annual meeting in Dallas affirmed the dignity and worth of women and heard reports of policies SBC seminaries have enacted to address any allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct. Several motions and messenger questions related to the May 30 firing of former Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary president Paige Patterson, who allegedly mishandled a 2003 report of sexual assault at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary during his presidency there. Read More