Native American spiritual needs weigh on FoNAC

June 22 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press

Native Americans balance life in both the native and white culture and too often lose to both, Gary Hawkins said in his executive director’s report during the Fellowship of Native American Christians’ (FoNAC) sixth annual gathering in Dallas. “Spiritual needs are tremendous among native people,” Hawkins said during FoNAC’s June 10-11 meeting in conjunction with …

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‘Associational Mission Strategist’ suggested DOM title

June 21 2018 by BP Staff

“Associational Mission Strategist” is the new recommended title for Southern Baptist mission leaders formerly called directors of missions or DOMs. The new title was unanimously approved by nearly 250 members attending the 2018 Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders, June 10-11 in Dallas, though its recommendations are not binding for the more than …

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Runners raise $6,000 for hungry during SBC

June 21 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

More than 200 Southern Baptists raised beyond $6,000 to feed the hungry by participating in the Global Hunger Relief (GHR) Run June 13 during the 2018 meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through the registration fees paid by the runners, the second GHR Run – which began at 6:30 a.m. on the second day of the …

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What makes a good mission team

June 21 2018 by Keith Shorter, Mt. Airy Baptist Church

Churches all across America will be taking short-term mission trips this summer to places like Cleveland, Boston, Uganda and Thailand. Recently, I asked some missionaries, church planters and missions leaders a strategic question: What did the best mission teams do that made you glad they came? The insights listed below were gleaned from their answers.

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IMB ‘open for business,’ Platt tells SBC messengers

June 19 2018 by Ann Lovell, Baptist Press

International Mission Board President David Platt declared the IMB “open for business” in his report to messengers at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas June 13. “By the grace of God and through the generous support of Southern Baptist churches, the IMB is positioned on strong biblical foundations, and we are standing on firm financial …

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Disciple-making task force atop NAMB report at SBC

June 19 2018 by Josie Rabbitt Bingham, NAMB

Kevin Ezell delivered the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) report to messengers June 13 focusing on disciple-making and relaying an update on the effectiveness of Southern Baptist church planting efforts and NAMB’s new initiative in Puerto Rico. Ezell, NAMB’s president, began the report by inviting Robby Gallaty to share findings and recommendations from the disciple-making …

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LifeWay to ‘provide biblical resources for the world’

June 19 2018 by Lisa Cannon Green, LifeWay Christian Resources

LifeWay Christian Resources has begun giving away Bibles to help churches share the Word of God, LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer told messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Dallas. “One of the best investments we have ever made has no immediate financial return but an incredible eternal return,” Rainer said …

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IMB Sending Celebration adds 47 new missionaries

June 15 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB

International Mission Board trustees approved the appointment of 47 new missionaries sent by Southern Baptist churches to take the gospel to the nations during their June 10-11 meeting in Dallas. The new missionaries were part of a Sending Celebration June 12 during the evening session of the SBC annual meeting at the Kay Bailey Hutchison …

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Lottie Moon gifts $5M ahead of last year

June 11 2018 by Julie McGowan, International Mission Board

Southern Baptists’ contributions to support international missions through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering are 3.75 percent ahead of the May 2017 offering totals, according to a report by Rodney Freeman, IMB treasurer and vice president of support services. At the end of May, IMB had received $142,683,654 so far for the 2017-2018 campaign, which began …

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U.S. must have stake in Nigerian peace, speakers say

June 8 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press

The United States has a responsibility to act to curtail extremist violence in Nigeria, religious freedom and human rights advocates from both countries said in a Capitol Hill briefing. The June 5 event, sponsored by International Christian Concern (ICC), focused on a West African country that is by far the largest population-wise on the continent …

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