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  • SBC goes 'before God in fasting' for entities

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 08, 2018 (12 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Churches, Southern Baptist Convention entities and Baptist state conventions have heeded SBC President J.D. Greear's call to pray and fast today (Oct. 8) for the five SBC entities seeking new presidents.

    "Thanks to all of you going before God in fasting and prayer with Psalm 67 for what God has for us!" Greear tweeted, referencing Psalm 67's call for God to "be gracious" to His people so His way of salvation would be known "among all nations."

    The five entities currently seeking presidents are the SBC Executive Committee, the ... Read More

  • NAMB, Ala. Baptists plan for Crossover in Birmingham

    by Tobin Perry, posted Monday, October 08, 2018 (12 days ago)

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- With eight months until Crossover 2019, Birmingham-area Southern Baptists are looking to build upon a record number of faith commitments last year.

    Although specific plans have not been finalized, the North American Mission Board is partnering with seven Alabama Baptist associations in the effort. Door-to-door evangelism in the suburbs and a Send Relief outreach downtown are expected to be part of the Crossover plans prior to the June 11-12 SBC annual meeting. Read More

  • Rudy Fagan, 20-year SBC stewardship leader, dies

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, October 05, 2018 (15 days ago)

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BP) -- A. Rudolph (Rudy) Fagan, who led the former Stewardship Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention for 20 years, died Wednesday (Oct. 3) in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was 88.

    Fagan served as president of the Stewardship Commission from 1974 until his retirement in 1994.

    The Stewardship Commission, which was closed in the SBC's Covenant for a New Century restructuring in the mid-1990s, was the convention's primary advocate for the Cooperative Program channel of support for state, national and international missions and ministry. It also assisted churches in capital campaigns as they built new facilities. The commission's duties were moved to the SBC Executive Committee and LifeWay Christian Resources (then Sunday School Board) under the SBC restructuring. Read More

  • SBC 2019 online hotel registration opens Oct. 12

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, September 28, 2018 (22 days ago)

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Online hotel registration for the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting will open Oct. 12 instead of Oct. 1 as in previous years, the SBC Executive Committee has announced.

    Changes in hotel room availability near the meeting site, the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), necessitate the delay, the EC said. Many rooms were to be utilized at the downtown Sheraton Hotel, where unanticipated renovations on a tower of 300 rooms will still be underway when the SBC convenes June 11-12, 2019. Read More

  • Rainer, at MBTS, assesses SBC & church transition

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Friday, September 21, 2018 (29 days ago)

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    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Hopefulness for the future of the Southern Baptist Convention in a season of denominational transition was voiced by Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, in a discussion Sept. 19 with Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Titled "The State of the SBC," the discussion during Midwestern's chapel hour focused on the many significant changes facing the denomination. Among these is the need to fill four entity leadership positions within the SBC and to address a generational transition as well. Read More

  • Greear tightens SBC Birmingham schedule

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, September 20, 2018 (one month ago)

    BP file photo by Matt Miller
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear announced via Twitter that next year's SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala., will not include any evening sessions.

    The announcement came the same week the SBC Executive Committee released data indicating a growing role for digital media in conjunction with this year's SBC annual meeting in Dallas.

    Following a Sept. 19 meeting of the SBC Committee on Order of Business in Nashville, Greear tweeted, "Spent the day w/ the Committee on Order of Business under chairman @AdamGreenway's excellent leadership. Very excited about #SBC19 next summer. New ideas coming -- it's a new day. Tightened schedule -- No evening sessions." Read More

  • EC WRAP-UP: Sex abuse prevention, pres. search, DR

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- An initiative by Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear to address sexual abuse in the church will be funded by the first $250,000 in Cooperative Program overage for 2017-2018, by a vote of the SBC Executive Committee.

    Other highlights of the Executive Committee's Sept. 17-18 meeting in Nashville included a report from the EC presidential search committee and a report on Southern Baptist Disaster Relief following Hurricane Florence. Two retiring leaders of Baptist state conventions were honored with resolutions of appreciation.

    In appropriating money for Greear's Sexual Abuse Advisory Study, an initiative in conjunction with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the EC acted on behalf of the SBC "to provide two years of funding ... to study ways to address sexual abuse and related issues in a church or ministry context," according to a recommendation approved by the EC. The funding will be drawn from an anticipated $5 million overage from the 2017-2018 CP Allocation Budget. Read More

  • SWBTS 'moving forward' despite 'certain events'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Although certain events took place this summer," Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary interim president Jeffrey Bingham told the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, Southern Baptists are invited to "move forward" with Southwestern.

    During his Sept. 18 report to the EC in Nashville, Bingham referred at least five times to the May 30 termination of Southwestern president emeritus Paige Patterson, a week after he was accorded that status. Yet in an effort to focus on the future, Bingham never described what happened, utilizing instead the refrain "certain events." His only mention of Patterson by name was a request that EC members pray for him and his wife Dorothy.

    "Yes, events happened this summer," Bingham said. "But you know what? Southwestern, by the grace and the mercy of God, is moving ahead to fulfill its mission, which is to train God-called men and women for a variety of ministries. We are not living in the past." Read More

  • Exec. Comm. members' questions aired in open forum

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, September 18, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Concern over Baptist work in Utah and Idaho, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission were voiced during an Executive Committee open forum Sept. 18.

    The forum was initiated by the EC's interim president, D. August Boto, in consultation with EC officers as part of the closing day's agenda during the Sept. 17-18 meeting in Nashville.

    Boto, who also serves as the EC executive vice president and general counsel, called the forum an "experiment" apart from regular business "to voice the views from your home territories," whether questions, complaints, suggestions or praises regarding Southern Baptist ministry at the national level. Read More

  • BLOG: SBC Executive Committee meeting

    by David Roach, posted Monday, September 17, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Baptist Press is live blogging plenary sessions of the SBC Executive Committee meeting Sept. 17-18. Updates can be read here and at our Twitter account. Read More