J.D. Greear at NOBTS: Mobilize ‘ordinary people’

September 18 2018 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS

God’s plan for reaching the world involves raising up and sending out “ordinary people” in the power of the Holy Spirit, Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Sept. 13. “The measure of success for any church ought not be its seating capacity” but “its sending capacity,” Greear said …

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Nursing fellowship, at 35th anniversary, elects new leader

September 18 2018 by Trennis Henderson, WMU

Launching a new era of leadership while celebrating 35 years of ministry, Baptist Nursing Fellowship (BNF) has elected Lori Spikes as the new BNF executive director. Spikes, a longtime Southern Baptist International Mission Board (IMB) missionary to Chile, is a registered nurse with 40 years of experience in various settings.

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Be prepared to vote

September 18 2018 by Ray Waldbusser

The 2018 election season is upon us, so it’s time to start thinking about who to vote for on Nov. 6. Early voting begins Oct. 17.   Read More

N.C. field minister program begins second year

September 17 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS

On Sept. 5, 52 inmates entered the gymnasium at the Nash Correctional Institute for the second convocation service of the North Carolina Field Minister Program. The program started in August 2017 with partnerships between the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Game Plan for Life and The College at Southeastern.

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Cooperative Program: Friends share life-giving faith

September 17 2018 by Baptist Press Staff

“Let me introduce you to a friend,” folks say. Every Southern Baptist has innumerable friends who are sharing the gospel in unique ways and in unique settings. You may not know any of these friends personally, but they share a bond with all Southern Baptists who support their outreach through the Cooperative Program (CP).

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Getty worship conference strikes a chord

September 17 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty hosted their first-ever worship music conference last year. The inaugural event drew more than 4,000 attendees. The second annual “Sing!” conference, Sept. 10-12 in Nashville, Tenn., has garnered nearly twice as many pastors, worship leaders and other Christians eager to hear dozens of speakers and artists.

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Platt to step down from IMB; Meador named interim president

September 14 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB

After receiving the resignation of David Platt, International Mission Board (IMB) president, effective Sept. 27, the Executive Committee of the board of trustees of the IMB voted Sept. 13 to approve Clyde Meador as interim president starting Sept. 27, subject to full board approval.

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SWBTS to host prayer, town halls amid pres. search

September 13 2018 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s presidential search committee has formed an advisory committee of faculty, staff and students to support them in their work. The committee will assist in two ways, according to a Southwestern news release: “(1) They will gather for several prayer meetings, and (2) they will hold several town hall meetings …

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Voters downplay candidates’ faith but shy from ‘nones’

September 13 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Relatively few Americans say a political candidate’s religious beliefs are an important factor when deciding how to vote, according to a poll released Sept. 11 by The Associated Press-NORC (AP-NORC ) Center for Public Affairs Research. Yet Americans hardly ever elect a religiously unaffiliated member of Congress, and atheists claim they are generally underrepresented in public office.

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Hammond unanimously voted Ga. Baptist exec. director

September 13 2018 by Scott Barkley, Christian Index

Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee members voted with a singular “yes” to a search team’s recommendation Tuesday (Sept. 11) that pastor Thomas Hammond become the convention’s next executive director. Hammond, 56, is lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Alpharetta and was president of the Georgia Baptist Convention from 2015-2017.

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