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Pew: Church good for happiness, civic engagement

February 4 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

Church participation leads to more happiness and civic engagement, Pew Research Center said Jan. 31 after analyzing surveys from the U.S. and 25 other countries. Religiously active people also tend to smoke and drink alcoholic beverages less than others, Pew said in its findings. But church participation had no clear positive outcomes for health, obesity and exercise …

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Diversity in focus as Baptists await EC announcement

February 1 2019 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee has an upcoming meeting Feb. 18-19 in Nashville, Tenn., and many Southern Baptists eagerly await the announcement of their decision on a new leader for the organization. As a handful of entity leadership roles were vacated over the past year, beginning with the resignation of Frank Page …

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Yates association hosts ‘Who’s Your One?’ preview

February 1 2019 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer

Leaders from more than 250 Southern Baptist associations across the country joined a simulcast Jan. 31 previewing the “Who’s Your One?” evangelism initiative. Yates Baptist Association hosted the live event at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Durham, N.C. Marty Childers, Yates’ director of missions, said he hopes the initiative will “wake us up …

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Christian schools ‘essential’ despite criticism wave

February 1 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Though Christian schools have drawn criticism in 2019, some Christian educators say the criticism unwittingly underscores the urgent need for Christ-centered education. Among attacks against Christian schooling: second Lady Karen Pence has drawn fire for teaching in an evangelical school; the social media hashtag #ExposeChristianSchools has emerged; and accusations against a group of Catholic school boys …

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Lafferty named candidate for IMB Executive VP role

January 30 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

International Mission Board (IMB) President Paul Chitwood announced Jan. 30 that Todd Lafferty will be presented to the entity’s board of trustees as his recommendation for the IMB’s next executive vice president. IMB trustees, who meet Feb. 6-7 in Richmond, Va., are responsible for electing the person who serves in the executive vice president role.

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Young leaders’ summit called ‘fountain of wisdom’

January 30 2019 by Ishmael LaBiosa, SBC Virginia

More than 70 church leaders age 40 and younger from across Virginia gathered at the Young Pastors’ Summit on Jan. 15, an annual event hosted by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) of Virginia. Clyde Meador, interim executive vice president of the International Mission Board, and Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, were keynote speakers.

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Former Baptist minister charged with child sex crime

January 30 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

A former children’s minister at The Village Church has been charged with indecent contact with a child, allegedly in 2012 during his church ministry. Matthew David Tonne, the 35-year-old accused, was dismissed as associate children’s minister from the Southern Baptist megachurch on an unrelated matter in June, senior pastor Matt Chandler said Jan. 24 …

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KBC executive search team sets Feb. 15 deadline

January 30 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press

The Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) committee tasked with finding Paul Chitwood’s successor as KBC executive director “has been hard at work” toward building “a large pool of names” to consider, said search committee chairman Tom James. The committee is asking Southern Baptists to help them in that endeavor by recommending candidates by Feb. 15.

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Committee on Resolutions named for 2019 SBC

January 29 2019 by Baptist Press Staff

Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has named members of the Committee on Resolutions for the June 11-12 SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala. “These committee members hail from state conventions, national entities, seminaries, local churches and local associations,” said Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area.

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Men weigh ‘game plan’ in pre-Super Bowl weekend

January 29 2019 by Tim Ellsworth, Union University

With nearby Atlanta hosting this year’s Super Bowl, the Johnny Hunt Men’s Conference tapped into the football mood with a “Game Plan” theme for Christian living during Jan. 25-26 sessions that drew about 5,000 men. “As we were looking through [Hunt’s] notes and what all he was going to be discussing,” Chris Lee …

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