Baptist associations: ‘a biblical model’

June 23 2011 by Barbara Denman, Baptist Press

PHOENIX – The future of the Baptist association is on solid footing, a Southern Baptist leader said, because the organization of churches within regional groups is based on a biblical model. “The future of the association is bright,” Ken Hemphill said.

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COSBE lifts evangelism, laments funding cuts

June 23 2011 by Norm Miller, Baptist Press

PHOENIX – The need for renewed evangelism, concerns about Calvinism and comments regarding North American Mission Board budget cuts were voiced during the annual evangelists-sponsored worship service prior to the SBC annual meeting. The Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists’ gathering June 12, with the theme “Ageless Urgency,” featured three preachers: Eric Fuller, Harold Hunter and Brian Fossett.

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B21 panel looks at GCR, missions, theology

June 23 2011 by Lauren Crane, Baptist Press

PHOENIX – The push in 2010 for a Great Commission Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention was not a push for more programs, as much as it was an ambition to recover the Gospel among Southern Baptist churches, according to several members of a panel at a Baptist21 luncheon June 14.

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Ministers’ wives focus on influential joy

June 23 2011 by Shannon Baker, Baptist Press

PHOENIX – Even when she contracted malaria during a mission trip to Africa, and even after learning her brother was killed instantly in a biking accident, Anne Wright was able to experience “influential joy. ” Wright, wife of SBC President Bryant Wright, spoke to a sold-out crowd of more than 800 during the Southern Baptist Ministers’ Wives Conference, underscoring the promise of Psalm 16:11, which says, in part: “You will fill me with joy in your presence.

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U.S. needs ‘bivocational pastor movement’

June 23 2011 by Adam Miller, Baptist Press

PHOENIX – Small churches and bivocational pastors are a Great Commission powerhouse, a North American Mission Board leader told the Bivocational Small Church Leadership Network during the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix. “Everything that we’re doing is to reposition the North American Mission Board to get behind local churches, because you are the pacesetters,” Aaron Coe, NAMB’s VP for mobilization, told several dozen small church and bivocational pastors at the BSCLN luncheon June 14.

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Chitwood elected as Ky. exec

June 22 2011 by Baptist Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Paul Chitwood was elected as executive director-treasurer of the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) by the KBC Mission Board June 2 by an 88-7 ballot vote. Envisioning the executive’s role as “a great opportunity to be a pastor to pastors” and to be an encourager to Kentucky Baptists, Chitwood told the Western Recorder, newsjournal of the state convention, that his desire is to be “a blessing to the churches and to build them up.

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Kathy Litton, at NAMB, to aid pastors’ wives

June 21 2011 by Carol Pipes, Baptist Press

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Kathy Ferguson Litton has been chosen by Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, to serve as national director of Ministry to Pastors’ Wives. Litton will be working with NAMB’s leadership development team in the area of support and encouragement for ministers’ wives.

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Dever, Patterson engage in wide-ranging discussion

June 21 2011 by Gregory Tomlin, Baptist Press

PHOENIX – Calling themselves “men of yesterday” in the Southern Baptist Convention, 9Marks founder Mark Dever and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson told younger pastors June 13 they should heed the wisdom of previous generations that upheld biblical authority and sound doctrine.

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All Southern Baptist eyes on Luter

June 21 2011 by Bruce Nolan, Religion News Service

NEW ORLEANS — Even before the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) elected Fred Luter to national office, there was already widespread speculation that Luter is poised to become the denomination’s first African-American president. Representatives of 16 million Southern Baptists overwhelmingly elected Luter first vice president on June 14 at their annual meeting in Phoenix.

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Tweets see Luter as SBC pres.

June 21 2011 by Baptist Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The next Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting is a year away, but several leaders already are suggesting that Fred Luter be the next SBC president. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin and Union University President David Dockery all have used their Twitter accounts to endorse the idea, as has Russell D.

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