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  • 5 encouragements for short-term summer mission teams

    by Daniel Slott, posted Thursday, July 06, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Summers provide great opportunities for short-term mission teams to serve the cause of Christ around the globe.

    At the same time, missionaries in cross-cultural settings are anticipating the arrival of those teams -- a process that can bring joy and excitement, but sometimes fear. Short-term summer mission teams can provide much needed help for missionaries, but for both the missionary team and the volunteer team to profit, each side needs to prepare well. Read More

  • Worship & missions: An interview with Keith Getty

    by Rodney Calfee, posted Monday, July 03, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Many Southern Baptists may know the Gettys for "In Christ Alone," a beautiful hymn Keith Getty and Stuart Townend penned in 2000 and the church has been singing ever since.

    Keith and Kristyn Getty, along with others, have written many more, some of which tie directly to the missionary activity of the church. During the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Phoenix in June, the International Mission Board's Rodney Calfee sat down with Keith to discuss worship and missions. Read More

  • 'Stage is set,' Platt tells Baptists at IMB dinner

    by Julie McGowan, posted Friday, June 23, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Matt Jones
    PHOENIX (BP) -- How many missionaries could be sent from just a fraction of all Southern Baptist churches today? At the International Mission Board dinner June 12 in Phoenix, IMB President David Platt and the crowd of approximately 1,350 Southern Baptists estimated that their congregations, right now, have a combined potential of 28,551 missionaries.

    Those in attendance compiled the number of students, singles, husbands, wives, moms, dads, kids and grandparents in their churches who might take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the billions of people who have yet to hear it. Read More

  • Platt encourages pastors: 'Engage in SBC ecosystem'

    by Julie McGowan, posted Thursday, June 15, 2017 (7 months ago)

    The International Mission Board is in a stable financial position, "setting the stage" to send more missionaries to share the Gospel, IMB President David Platt reports to the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix. He also relayed firsthand reports from missionaries around the world. Read More

  • Southern Baptist churches send 31 new missionaries

    by Julie McGowan , posted Thursday, June 15, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Messengers rejoiced with a "Sending Celebration" of 31 new missionaries during the SBC annual meeting June 14 in Phoenix. The newly appointed IMB personnel, sent by Southern Baptist churches, will take the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. Read More

  • TRUSTEES: IMB now on firm ground, Platt reports

    by Julie McGowan, posted Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    PHOENIX (BP) -- Through Southern Baptists' "faithful, generous and consistent giving" of more than $98 million to the Cooperative Program and approximately $153 million to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, the International Mission Board has reached financially stability, IMB President David Platt told the entity's trustees June 12.

    "That's breathtaking: over $250 million given from Southern Baptist churches for the spread of the Gospel among the nations," Platt said. "And as a result of that giving, I am glad to report to trustees and the broader SBC that IMB is standing on firm financial ground." Read More

  • Lottie Moon offering nears $153 million

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, June 07, 2017 (7 months ago)

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    RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- The 2016 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions reached its fourth highest total ever, closing at approximately $153 million, according to data released today (June 7) by the International Mission Board.

    The 2016 LMCO was down 7.7 percent from the previous year's record total, which was collected amid news the IMB was reducing its missionary and stateside personnel due to financial challenges. Read More

  • The number one reason missionaries leave the field

    by Paul Akin, posted Tuesday, June 06, 2017 (7 months ago)

    The most common reason missionaries go home is not due to lack of money, illness, terrorism, homesickness, or even a lack of fruit or response to the Gospel. Regretfully, the number one reason is due to conflict with other missionaries. Read More

  • Missionary superheroes -- They're not a real thing

    by Stefani Varner, posted Thursday, June 01, 2017 (7 months ago)

    For Stefani Varner, missionaries once seemed to be Superman, Indiana Jones, Inspector Gadget, the Good Samaritan, and Grandma all wrapped into one. Then she became one. Read More

  • What is Ramadan? Why should Christians care?

    by Mike Edens, posted Tuesday, May 30, 2017 (7 months ago)

    Imagine not taking in food or drink during daylight hours for 28 days straight. Envision what it would be like for that practice to be directly linked to your standing in society or your stature with God. Read More