LifeWay trustees to hear presidential search report

June 14 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

LifeWay Christian Resources trustees will meet June 28 to hear a report from its presidential search committee, the entity has announced. Trustee chairman Jimmy Scroggins will convene the full board of trustees to hear from the team working to replace Thom Rainer who retired, LifeWay Director of Corporate Communications Carol Pipes announced June 13.

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26 new missionaries obey God’s call to the nations

June 13 2019 by Julie McGowan, IMB

David and Zoey Lee know they can go as Southern Baptist missionaries today because Christian believers in the past sacrificed to get the gospel to their homeland – a truth they shared June 11 during a Sending Celebration to honor the appointment of 26 new Southern Baptist international missionaries.

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Bold talk not enough to stop sex abuse, Greear says

June 13 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

“Bold resolutions and sweeping statements are not sufficient” to tackle the crisis of sex abuse, Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear said June 12 at the 2019 SBC Annual Meeting in Birmingham, Ala. “Victims have told us, words without follow-up actions are worse than no words at all,” Greear said …

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Diversity expands among SBC boards, committees

June 13 2019 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Diversity among Southern Baptists was conveyed via two key committee reports approved at the SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala., June 12. “The conversation about diversity is starting to yield a culture of diversity,” said Bucky Kennedy, chairman of the SBC’s Committee on Nominations, which recommends the trustees for the SBC’s entities …

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8,183: SBC’s unofficial Birmingham registration

June 13 2019 by Brian Koonce, The Pathway

The Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) annual meeting drew 8,183 messengers to Birmingham, Ala., June 11-12, outgoing SBC registration secretary Don Currence said in releasing the unofficial total. Official attendance numbers will be released later in June, Currence, of First Baptist Church in Ozark, Mo., said.

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Messengers elect Committee on Nominations

June 13 2019 by Baptist Press Staff

Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention have elected the 68-member Committee on Nominations for 2019-2020 to represent the 34 states or territories qualified for representation on the committee according to SBC Bylaw 30. The committee, with at least one layperson from each qualified state or territory, was elected during the June 11-12 SBC annual meeting in Birmingham.

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Southern Baptists affirm stances on sex abuse, racism

June 12 2019 by Baptist Press Staff

By overwhelming votes, Southern Baptists strengthened their stances against sexual abuse and racism during the opening day of their June 11-12 SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala. Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee, told messengers after their votes, “I believe this is a very significant moment in the history of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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Greear reelected as SBC president, leads diverse slate of officers

June 12 2019 by Margaret Colson, Baptist Press

North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear was reelected by acclamation to a second term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) during the June 11-12 SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala. He will lead a diverse slate of officers, including: Marshal Ausberry, senior pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax, Va., first vice president …

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WMU celebrates with 131 missions, learning activities

June 12 2019 by Marcia Knox, Baptist Press

Nathan Bailey, 14, enjoyed the knot-tying the most, and his 12-year-old sister Naomi had fun learning the Hawaiian hula dance. The brother and sister from Winterville, Ga., First Baptist Church were among the more than 750 people at the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) headquarters Monday, June 10. There, they decided among more than 131 mission …

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Send Luncheon celebrates pastors and SBC leaders

June 12 2019 by K. Faith Morgan, NAMB

It was an hour of laughter and tears as the North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) Send Luncheon celebrated the complex and rewarding journey of life in ministry. “We just want to say thank you for all that you do and how you lead your churches,” said Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board …

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