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  • FIRST-PERSON: How's your church doing?

    by Gary Ledbetter, posted Thursday, September 06, 2018 (one month ago)

    Denominational statistics are important, Gary Ledbetter writes, because "we are connected in our Great Commission work." Read More

  • Nat'l CP 2.59% ahead of projection

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 2.59 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection, and 0.01 percent above contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from D. August Boto, SBC Executive Committee interim president and executive vice president for convention policy. Read More

  • LABOR DAY: Owen Cooper's faith keyed array of ventures

    by Tim Tune, posted Friday, August 31, 2018 (one month ago)

    BP file photo
    YAZOO CITY, Miss. (BP) -- On Labor Day, Americans will celebrate U.S. workers who have built and shaped the nation and influenced the world.

    One of the most successful entrepreneurs of the 20th century in Mississippi was also one of Southern Baptists' most influential laymen. The late Owen Cooper, who died Nov. 8, 1986, worked tirelessly in both arenas.

    The year before Cooper's death, the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board named him Layman of the Century. He was the second of only two laypeople ever elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, serving two terms, 1972-1974. Many who knew him say his commitment to Christ and Christ-like ministry inspired his vision for bold endeavors. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A meeting of the hearts

    by Rick Lance, posted Tuesday, August 28, 2018 (one month ago)

    Rick Lance of the Alabama Baptist Convention believes "we were all on the same team" in a meeting led by J.D. Greear, the Southern Baptist Convention's new president. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Don't ditch your denomination

    by Fred Luter, posted Wednesday, August 22, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Fred Luter, the first African American president of the Southern Baptist Convention, recounts the moment when the church he leads decided whether to stay in the SBC. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A church bids farewell

    by Paul Kim, posted Wednesday, August 15, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Paul Kim recounts the poignant farewells to two couples leaving for distant fields of service from the church where they have been longtime members. Read More

  • 'A powerful tool': 2018 SBC Annual available online

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 10, 2018 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Annual has been posted online, with hard copies available for order.

    The Annual is a comprehensive collection of reports, budgets and proceedings from the June 12-13 SBC annual meeting in Dallas as well as a compilation of historical data and reports from convention entities.

    Among the data available in this year's Annual: Read More

  • NAAF to 'fill the gap' in state conv. church training

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, July 27, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- Through a new initiative of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention, consultants are available to help state conventions train church staff in discipleship, evangelism, missions and community ministries.

    NAAF's African American Ministry Assist Team (AAMAT) is designed to fill Southern Baptist resource gaps that NAAF said are widening for the nearly 4,000 African American churches in the SBC.

    AAMAT will fill a critical need for both churches and state conventions, said NAAF President Marshal Ausberry Sr., pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax, Va. Read More

  • 'In spirit & in truth' aim of black conf. worship

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, July 24, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Diana Chandler
    RIDGECREST, N.C. (BP) -- An original arrangement of "Blessed Assurance" at the 2018 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference culminated in a musical round of three different phrases sung in unison, harmonizing the word "assurance" at the same time.

    "Oh what a blessed assurance." "Blessed assurance, this is my song." "Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine," sang the Whosoever Will Choir comprised of volunteers attending the conference.

    Arranger, worship pastor and recording artist Joe Pace, who serves under senior pastor H.B. Charles Jr. at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., describes his arrangement as putting a "little spin" on the classic Fannie Crosby hymn. Read More

  • SBC messengers 'getting younger,' Dallas report shows

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, July 11, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Matt Miller
    DALLAS (BP) -- Nearly twice as many messengers attended the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting when compared to the previous year, fueled by a strong Southern Baptist presence in Texas, the SBC Executive Committee has announced.

    The latest registration report also showed increases in first-time attendees and those in the 18- to 39-year-old range.

    Messengers in Dallas totaled 9,632, SBC registration secretary Don ... Read More