North Carolina

Baptists must be ‘correct,’ Page says of stewardship

February 22 2017 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

The use of God’s resources will gain a strengthened emphasis in Southern Baptist life, Frank Page said in addressing the SBC Executive Committee. “If we do not get the issue of stewardship correct, the work to which God is calling us will simply not be done in a way that would honor Him,” said Page.

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Leadworship Workshop coming to N.C. this spring

February 21 2017 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications

The ministry of acclaimed worship artist Paul Baloche has impacted millions of people around the world, including Kenny Lamm, senior consultant for worship and music with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. “Much of my ministry has been greatly influenced by Paul Baloche,” said Lamm.

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Memorial Church launches Christian school

February 21 2017 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor

Memorial Baptist Church in Norwood broke ground Feb. 1 for its newly formed Christian school. Norwood town officials joined church members and Tillery Christian Academy’s board of directors for the event that board chairman Tom Gray called a “milestone.”

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Pro-life ministry barred again from Raleigh facility

February 20 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

A Hand of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center faced another setback when the Raleigh Board of Adjustment re-classified the organization as a medical facility, overturning the city attorney’s designation of the pro-life ministry as a civic group. The board’s designation effectively bars Hand of Hope from operating out of its Jones Franklin Road office.

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Micah Fries wants N.C. leaders to rethink disciple-making

February 20 2017 by BSC Communications

Micah Fries serves as senior pastor of Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tenn., and is a frequent church and conference speaker. Fries will be speaking at the 2017 N.C. Baptist Disciple-Making Conference on Feb. 27. He will also be participating in a disciple-making panel discussion at the event.

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World Relief announces layoffs, office closings

February 17 2017 by Liz Tablazon, BR Staff Writer

World Relief is closing five offices across the United States and laying off more than 140 staff members as a result of President Donald Trump’s executive order to decrease the potential number of refugees admitted to the U.S. in 2017, the organization said in a Feb. 15 press release.

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Danny Akin signs letter calling Trump to support refugees

February 8 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor

Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, joined dozens of evangelical leaders from around the nation in a letter saying they are “deeply concerned” about President Donald Trump’s suspension of refugee resettlement to the United States. The statement took the form of a full-page advertisement in the The Washington Post

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BSC expands discipleship strategy, celebrates record year in giving

February 7 2017 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications & BR staff

The Baptist State Convention of North Carolina will expand its focus of engaging high concentrations of non-Christians across North Carolina in 2017 as part of the convention’s “impacting lostness through disciple-making” strategy. Speaking to members of the convention’s Board of Directors, BSC Executive Director-Treasurer Milton A. Hollifield Jr. said staff will be working with associations …

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SEBTS welcomes new director of Hispanic leadership development

February 7 2017 by Harper McKay, SEBTS

Miguel Echevarria has joined Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary as the new director of Hispanic leadership development and assistant professor of New Testament and Greek. “Miguel Echevarria is a welcomed addition to Southeastern,” said Danny Akin. “We are devoted to expanding our programs among Hispanics, and I believe he is the right man ... to make it happen.”

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GO Conference encourages pursuit of the Great Commission

February 6 2017 by Harper McKay, SEBTS

Whether you are an international missionary, church planter, business professional or teacher, your life should be spent fulfilling the Great Commission. This was a resounding theme during the ninth annual GO Conference at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. More than 550 participants gathered to be challenged to fulfill the Great Commission.

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