BGAV ‘Living the Story’ at 195th annual meeting

December 7 2018 by Baptist Press and BGAV Staff

The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) continues the purpose of its 1823 founding to strengthen local churches and help them work cooperatively in ministry, Executive Director John Upton said at the BGAV’s 195th annual meeting. Cooperatively, churches can accomplish more than an individual congregation, Upton said at the Nov. 12-14 event …

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Advancement council deploys data in diversity strategy

December 6 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

The Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee is making efforts to encourage greater participation of ethnic minorities in Southern Baptist life and leadership. One of its consulting groups, the Convention Advancement Advisory Council, uses a database to track progress and develop strategies for the future.

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MBTS’ Spurgeon College to offer communications degree

December 6 2018 by MBTS and Baptist Press Staff

A new degree program in communications has been introduced at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (MBTS) undergraduate school, Spurgeon College. The bachelor of arts in communications, is “specifically designed to equip students to expand the footprint of Christ’s Kingdom no matter what industry, vocation or geographical location they find themselves in,” the seminary stated in a news release.

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NOBTS presidential search sets Jan. 10 nominations deadline

December 6 2018 by NOBTS and Baptist Press Staff

Recommendations or resumes for New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s (NOBTS) presidency must be submitted to the presidential search committee by Jan. 10, 2019. Committee chairman Frank Cox’s Dec. 4 announcement followed the 11-member committee’s second meeting, which Cox said was marked by a good spirit and progress.

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Baptist DR efforts endure crisis after crisis

December 6 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB

In recent months, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) has diligently responded to both national and local crises across North America: two major hurricanes in the Southeast, wildfires in California, tornadoes across the United States and even a typhoon in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

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Open on Sunday? Churchgoers share views on Sabbath

December 5 2018 by Aaron Earls, Lifeway Christian Resources

According to Genesis, God created everything in six days before resting on the seventh. But around a quarter of churchgoers say they don’t follow His example, according to a study released Dec. 4. Seventy-seven percent of churchgoers say they take an intentional day of rest and most do so on Sunday …

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Hispanic church’s ‘miracle’ partnership

December 5 2018 by IMB staff

Daniel Tuchez remembers the day he got the call. The International Mission Board’s (IMB) director of Hispanic mobilization called and said, “I need you to pray about this city in Southeast Asia, because it is going to be opening up, and maybe there are opportunities,’” recalled Tuchez, who serves as pastor of Iglesia Bautista El Shaddai in Jackson, Tenn.

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W.C. Fields, SBC public relations pioneer, dies at 96

December 5 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

W.C. Fields, a forerunner in denominational journalism as vice president for public relations for the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Executive Committee from 1959-1987, died Dec. 3 in Nashville at age 96. As an Executive Committee vice president, Fields was the SBC’s press representative and director of Baptist Press, the convention’s news service.

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National CP 2.47% under YTD budget projection

December 5 2018 by Baptist Press Staff

Contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Executive Committee in November were 2.47 percent below the projected budget for the first two months of the current fiscal year. And they were 4.47 percent above the amount received during the same period last year …

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First lady addresses opioid crisis at Liberty

November 30 2018 by Timothy Cockes, Baptist Press

First Lady Melania Trump spoke to students at Liberty University Nov. 28 about the opioid crisis in America. She urged students to make wise choices during this time in their young lives. “I know college is a time to build your independence, experience things on your own terms and make decisions on your own behalf,” she told students.

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