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  • NEW - an hour ago

    Yeats to be re-nominated as SBC recording secretary

    by BP Staff, posted Monday, April 23, 2018 (an hour ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Missouri Baptist Convention executive director John L. Yeats will be nominated for a 22nd term as the Southern Baptist Convention's recording secretary, Texas pastor Bart Barber announced today (April 23).

    Barber, pastor of First Baptist Church in Farmersville, Texas, said in a news release, "Our annual meetings are the largest exercise of inter-congregational polity in the world. The experience spans the gamut from boilerplate actions of formality to moments of breathtaking near-chaos. For it all to matter, we need someone to whom we can entrust the task of recording and publishing the ... Read More

  • NEW - 3 hours ago

    Q&A: Steve Gaines reflects on SBC

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Monday, April 23, 2018 (3 hours ago)

    Photo by Adam Covington
    DALLAS (BP) -- Leading up to this year's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas, SBC president Steve Gaines answered questions from Baptist Press regarding this year's gathering and lessons and rewarding moments he's encountered during the past two years.

    Nearing the end of his second and final one-year term as SBC president, the pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., specifically addressed this year's SBC election and some of the challenges the convention faces in the months ahead. ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Seminary or cemetery?

    by Micah Carter, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

    Micah Carter, writing for SBC Seminaries Sunday, recounts that his seminary education "planted and watered and cultivated the seeds of Gospel truth, biblical knowledge, evangelistic fervor, pastoral care and theological rigor." Read More

  • Second global hunger run set for Dallas

    by Tom Strode, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

    BP file photo by Madison Hyleman
    DALLAS (BP) -- Messengers and others attending the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Dallas will have the opportunity to participate in the second Global Hunger Relief (GHR) Run to help feed the hungry.

    A coalition of Southern Baptist organizations is sponsoring the run June 13, the second day of this year's annual meeting. All registration fees for the event -- which includes a 5K race and a one-mile fun run -- will be used to feed the hungry in the United States and throughout the world. Last year, 200 runners and volunteers took part in the inaugural GHR Run in Phoenix and raised more than $5,000. Read More

  • 9Marks, B21, Connect 316 among events for SBC attendees

    by BP Staff, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Several Christian ministries -- including 9Marks, B21 and Connect 316 -- will offer events on topics ranging from the future of the Southern Baptist Convention to the doctrine of salvation for messengers and others attending the SBC's June 12-13 annual meeting in Dallas. Read More

  • Evangelists to pick up Billy Graham's 'torch'

    by David Roach, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Following Billy Graham's death, his fellow Southern Baptist evangelists "are ready to pick up the torch" of evangelistic ministry in the 21st century, said David Stockwell, president of Southern Baptist Evangelists, also known as the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists.

    They will discuss how to do that at an evangelists retreat and business meeting June 8-9 in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas. The retreat's theme is "Go Tell!" based on Mark 5:19.

    In addition to the retreat, cosponsored by the Conference of Texas Baptist Evangelists, Southern Baptist Evangelists will host a Sunday worship celebration service June 10 at First Baptist Church in Grapevine, Texas. A "Southwest Supper Sing-A-Long" June 11 will give pastors an opportunity to connect with evangelists.

    Pastors and other church leaders are invited to attended all slated activities. Read More

  • DOM title change, credentialing tops SBCAL agenda

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Recommended changes to the title, roles and credentialing of Southern Baptist directors of missions (DOMs) will be considered at the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders' (SBCAL) 2018 annual meeting June 10–11 at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas.

    Based on the findings of an ad hoc study team the SBCAL appointed in 2017, the recommendations will be published in the May 15 issue of the SBCAL newsletter The Encourager before the vote at the June 10th business session, SBCAL Executive Director Ray Gentry told Baptist Press. Read More

  • Seminaries' alumni & friends to gather in Dallas

    by SBC Seminary Staff, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- Alumni and friends of Southern Baptists' six seminaries will gather Wednesday, June 13, in Dallas to hear updates from the campuses and renew friendships with classmates and seminary faculty and staff. Read More

  • GuideStone to mark 100th anniversary at SBC

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

    BP file photo by Marc Ira Hooks
    DALLAS (BP) -- One hundred years ago, messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention in Hot Springs, Ark., created a Board of Ministerial Relief and Annuities, which today has become a $15 billion financial services organization known as GuideStone Financial Resources.

    At this year's SBC annual meeting in Dallas, GuideStone will give thanks to the Lord for its first century of service and look forward to the opportunities of its second century, continuing to maintain its founder's vision of coming alongside retired pastors and their widows in need in their declining years, which it does through Mission:Dignity. Read More

  • LifeWay to discuss SBC future at breakfast in Dallas

    by Carol Pipes, posted Friday, April 20, 2018 (3 days ago)

    BP file photo by Adam Covington
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources will provide a free breakfast and screen two new movies at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas this summer.

    The focus of the LifeWay breakfast will be "Is Our Denomination Dying?" LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer will lead a discussion and question-and-answer session about the future of the SBC in a season of tremendous change and how churches can realize a bright future of evangelistic growth. The format will mirror Rainer's podcast "Rainer on Leadership" hosted by Jonathan Howe, LifeWay's director of strategic initiatives. Read More