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SBC 2018 Dallas theme: 'Testify! Go. Stand. Speak'DALLAS (BP) -- "Testify! Go. Stand. Speak." will be the theme for the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 12-13 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, SBC President Steve Gaines has announced.
Evangelism is the urgency of the theme anchored in Acts 5:20, Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church near Memphis, told Baptist Press today (Jan. 17).
"Fulfilling the Great Commission has always been at the heart of who Southern Baptists are," Gaines said. "However, as research from [New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President] Chuck Kelley has shown, our baptisms are the lowest we have seen in 70 years. If we want to see that trend turn around, we must refocus our efforts on evangelism, telling a lost world about the hope that is found only in Jesus Christ." Read More
Remembering MLK: BP's Q&A with key Southern BaptistsNASHVILLE (BP) -- Pastor James Dixon calls it "otherness," loving others enough to die for their benefit. That's what he credits to the late Martin Luther King Jr. nearly 50 years after the civil rights leader's death.
"He allowed his life to enter into the lives of others and not leave them the way he found them," Dixon told Baptist Press in advance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 15. "If we're going to keep his memory going, we've got to have that same type of otherness. And that otherness comes because we love people, and that love flows from God through us to the other." Read More
2017 SBC Pastors' Conf. issues financial reportPHOENIX (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
CALL TO PRAYER: Worth heedingFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- The people of God need to pray, we ought to pray, we must pray.
Great movements of God are normally preceded by great movements of prayer by God's people. We see this pattern throughout Scripture and throughout the history of the church. God does not need us to pray in order to move but in His sovereignty He has chosen to work in power, time and time again, in response to the concerted cries of His people. Read More
SBC DIGEST: Charles Stanley succession plan at First Baptist Atlanta; SBC This Week's #MyLottieStory videos; Kay Coles James to address Rose Day pro-life rallyATLANTA (BP) -- First Baptist Church in Atlanta approved a succession plan presented by senior pastor Charles Stanley in both morning services on Dec. 10, formally naming the church's senior associate pastor, Anthony George, as Stanley's future successor.
Although the succession plan does not include a fixed date, it does officially provide for the transition to George "at such time in the future, known only to God," when Stanley, 85, ceases to be First Baptist's senior pastor, according to a report in The Christian Index, newsjournal of the Georgia Baptist Convention. Read More
SBC evangelism task force discusses recommendationsFORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Members of the Southern Baptist Convention's evangelism task force met Dec. 5 to each share recommendations that will be considered for a final report to the SBC's 2018 annual meeting in Dallas.
The task force gathered on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for the second of three scheduled meetings. SBC President Steve Gaines appointed the task force during the SBC annual meeting in June to focus on how Southern Baptists might be more effective in personal soul winning and evangelistic preaching. Read More
Church imparts a heart for missions to its youngUNION, S.C. (BP) -- After Myra Middlebrook's mother died in 2010, she found some money her mom had tucked away -- and she knew exactly what it was.
"I knew it was her Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for that year," Middlebrook said. "She put money away all year for missions. She always had."
For the years that her mother worked, she squirrelled away a portion of her income in a jar each month. Then after she retired, she began a quilting business and gave a 10th of the profits to the annual offering, which goes to fund the work of International Mission Board missionaries overseas. Read More
COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: Why we're a cooperating church
When pastor Curtis Cook is asked, "Why do we choose to cooperate as a part of the Southern Baptist Convention?" the SBC's shared theological commitment and its missionary vision are among the reasons he gives. Read More
SBC Va. decries racism in Charlottesville resolutionCOLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. (BP) -- Nearly 1,500 people traveled to the 2017 SBC of Virginia Annual Homecoming with the theme "We Are Not Alone," Nov. 12-14 at The Heights Baptist Church in Colonial Heights.
The three-day SBCV event, which drew 701 messengers and 738 guests, took aim at "every form of racism, including and specifically alt-right white supremacy, as antithetical to the Gospel of Jesus Christ" in a resolution that voiced "love and compassion to those in Charlottesville" devastated by the loss of life at a white supremacist rally Aug. 12. Read More
Sex abuse prevention resources available at sbc.netNASHVILLE (BP) -- While a growing international storm of sexual abuse allegations and revelations has swirled for more than a month, the Southern Baptist Convention has long encouraged churches to be proactive in preventing abuse, SBC resources show.
Spiritual leaders, churches and seminaries should model, exhort and teach the highest standards of moral and ministerial integrity, and churches should use legal resources and avenues to exclude sexual predators from leadership and influential positions including pastors and counselors, the SBC said as early as 2002. Read More