Pew: Religious restrictions spreading globally

June 25 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Religious restrictions continue to spread globally in Pew Research Center’s ninth annual study of laws and social hostilities in 198 countries, although most countries still rank low to moderate on a study scale researchers devised. Less than half of the countries, 42 percent, ranked high or very high on Pew’s scale of restrictions including both …

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Platt underscores Lottie Moon’s urgency for the gospel

June 22 2018 by Ann Lovell

This year’s Southern Baptist Convention marked the 100th anniversary of the naming of the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, International Mission Board President David Platt told more than 1,100 Southern Baptists at the IMB dinner June 11 at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas. Lottie Moon was a single female missionary who served with the Foreign …

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Hispanics talk discipleship at LifeWay luncheon

June 22 2018 by Keila Diaz, Florida Baptist Convention

Nearly 60 Hispanic pastors and leaders gained discipleship insights and resources during a LifeWay Leadership luncheon June 12 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Craig Featherstone, LifeWay Global vice president, welcomed the group and noted LifeWay’s new centers in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Brazil in addition to short-term Bible studies in Spanish.

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Filipinos celebrate ministry, need more church planters

June 22 2018 by Morgan Collier, Baptist Press

The Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America (FSBFNA) met together June 12 at Dallas Metroplex International Church to celebrate ministry accomplishments from the previous year and to worship followed by fellowship over lunch. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Dallas, June 12-13.

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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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