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IMB: Chitwood 'God's next leader' for entityRICHMOND, Va.(BP) -- Paul Chitwood was elected unanimously as the 13th president of the Southern Baptists' International Mission Board on Thursday, Nov. 15, during trustees' regularly scheduled meeting near Richmond, Va.
Chitwood, 48, who has served as executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, took office immediately as the president of the 173-year-old entity, the largest denominational missionary-sending body among American evangelicals. More than 3,600 Southern Baptist international missionaries serve worldwide, with 42 new missionaries approved for appointment by trustees Wednesday (Nov. 14).
Since September 2018, Clyde Meador, former missionary and IMB executive vice president, has served as IMB's interim president. At Chitwood's request, Meador was approved by trustees to remain in the President's Office as interim executive vice president for several months during the transition. Read More
Chitwood as IMB pursued: 'OK Lord, I hear You'ROCKVILLE, Va. (BP) -- During the International Mission Board's presidential search process, Paul Chitwood knew departing from his role as executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention would be difficult. But he couldn't get away from Jesus' words in Mark 10:29 about leaving "house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children" for "the sake of the gospel."
It came up so much, "I would not open my Bible to" it "because I didn't want to see that again," Chitwood said Nov. 15 following his election as IMB president at the board's International Learning Center near Richmond, Va. "And then the pastor would preach from it."
"I finally had to say, 'OK Lord, I hear You.'" Read More
Paul Chitwood elected unanimously as IMB presidentROCKVILLE, Va. (BP) -- About a decade ago, Paul Chitwood became convinced God was calling him to mobilize missions and missionaries, he told International Mission Board trustees. That call culminated today (Nov. 15), he said, with his election as IMB president.
"Being a member of this board for eight years changed my ministry and it changed my life, so much so that [my wife] Michelle and I questioned whether God had called us to overseas missions," Chitwood, who served as an IMB trustee from 2002-10 and chaired the board from 2008-10, said upon his election. Read More
Southern Baptists celebrate sending 42 new missionariesRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptists celebrated the appointment of 42 new missionaries in a service held Wednesday (Nov. 14), near Richmond, Va. Churches of all sizes from Louisiana to Indiana and North Carolina to Kansas are sending singles, couples and families to large cities, small villages and hard-to-reach places around the world.
Vance Pitman, senior pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas, reminded new missionaries and those attending of the importance of cooperative giving and cooperative going.
"This is our denomination at its absolute best," Pitman said. "This is the tip of the spear. We can do more together than we can do by ourselves." Read More
IMB taps Paul Chitwood as presidential candidateRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- The International Mission Board trustees' presidential search committee announced Tuesday (Nov. 6) that the committee will recommend Paul Chitwood, 48, to be elected as the 173-year-old entity's 13th president.
The vote to elect Chitwood is scheduled for the Nov. 15 plenary session during their IMB board meeting in Richmond.
A former chairman of IMB's board of trustees, Chitwood currently serves as executive director of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, the state's largest religious organization with 750,000 members in 2,400 churches and 70 associations. He has served in the role since 2011. Read More
Sending culture: 3 ways pastors can develop oneRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Recently I was privileged to attend a commissioning service for new International Mission Board missionaries. I was invited by a couple from our church who was preparing to be sent to the nations.
During this time, I was reminded of the significance, risk and joy of taking the Gospel to the nations. It reignited a passion in my heart to lead my church to do all we can to fulfill the Great Commission.
Fellow pastors may have that same desire but simply don't know how to create a culture where sending is the norm in their church. A pastor may lead a small church and believe only large churches have the resources and wherewithal to send missionaries to the field. Read More
2017-18 Lottie Moon offering nears $159 millionRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- In the 100th anniversary since Southern Baptists named their global mission offering in honor of esteemed missionary Lottie Moon, churches gave $158.9 million to sustain their international missionaries worldwide -- the second-highest Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions ever received.
"We praise the Lord and thank Southern Baptist churches who have again generously demonstrated their faithfulness in undergirding the spread of the gospel to the ends of the earth," said Clyde Meador, interim president of the International Mission Board. With the books on the offering closing Sept. 30, the 2017-18 Lottie Moon offering neared the national goal of $160 million. Read More
SBC DIGEST: Sebastian Traeger to leave IMB VP post; Shannon Baker to lead Penn/Jersey communications
In today's SBC Digest: Sebastian Traeger to leave IMB post as executive vice president; Shannon Baker to lead Penn/Jersey communications. Read More
Platt's IMB farewell: 'Rise above' SBC challengesRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- In his final address to trustees as International Mission Board president, David Platt urged the IMB's leaders to "rise above" current challenges in the Southern Baptist Convention in order to reach the world's "2.8 billion people who have little to no access" to the Gospel.
Among the SBC's challenges claimed in Platt's Sept. 26 address were a failure to disciple new believers and an unhealthy political climate within the convention.
At the conclusion of the IMB trustees' Sept. 26-27 meeting in Richmond, Va., Clyde ... Read More
66 new missionaries added to reach the nationsRICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptists celebrated the sending of 66 new international missionaries Sept. 26 at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond, Va. They shared how God has woven throughout their lives a desire to take His Gospel to people who have never heard -- and each story evidenced God's role for every church to take His Good News to every nation.
"The Lord has always moved my life through stories," said Caroline Reel, who is being sent by her churches, Restoration Church in Wake Forest, N.C., and Bullard Chapel Baptist in Tishomingo, Okla., to serve among refugee peoples in Uganda. "From the missionaries' ... Read More