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  • Next-generation ministry envisioned at ‘The Call’

    September 20 2018 by Lee Weeks, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Next-generation ministry envisioned at ‘The Call’

    The next generation of Christian ministry leaders must embrace and nurture God’s individual call on their lives before God will use them as ambassadors of the gospel locally and globally, speakers said during “The Call” Conference held at two Baptist universities.

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  • Getty worship conference strikes a chord

    September 17 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Getty worship conference strikes a chord

    Hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty hosted their first-ever worship music conference last year. The inaugural event drew more than 4,000 attendees. The second annual “Sing!” conference, Sept. 10-12 in Nashville, Tenn., has garnered nearly twice as many pastors, worship leaders and other Christians eager to hear dozens of speakers and artists.

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  • Vision team to help implement SBCAL recommendations

    August 20 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Vision team to help implement SBCAL recommendations

    An 11-member vision team will study ways to help Southern Baptist state associations implement recommended changes including a new title and system-wide professional proficiencies for directors of missions (DOMs). The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) vision team will research ways to help state associations implement a study team’s recommendations that were adopted during the SBCAL annual meeting in June.

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  • Dave Miller ‘on the recovery trail’ after cancer surgery

    August 17 2018 by Compiled by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Dave Miller ‘on the recovery trail’ after cancer surgery

    Iowa pastor Dave Miller, president of last year’s Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference, has reported he is “on the recovery trail” after surgery to remove a cancerous tumor on his kidney June 26. Miller, senior pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Sioux City, Iowa, underwent surgery to remove his gall bladder and spleen on May 3, when the tumor was discovered.

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  • BGCO’s Falls Creek settles lawsuit

    August 8 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    BGCO’s Falls Creek settles lawsuit

    The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) has settled a lawsuit related to the alleged 2016 rape of a 13-year-old at the BGCO’s Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center. Terms of the settlement are undisclosed, The Oklahoman newspaper reported Aug. 5, but one sentence of the settlement agreement is not under seal: …

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  • ‘LGBT Christians’ conference draws SBTS, ERLC responses

    July 30 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    ‘LGBT Christians’ conference draws SBTS, ERLC responses

    The Revoice Conference for “LGBT Christians,” which provoked a messenger question at June’s Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, continued to draw a range of responses from Southern Baptists as it convened July 26-28. Revoice states its aim on the conference website as “Supporting, encouraging, and empowering gay, lesbian, same-sex-attracted, and other LGBT Christians …

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  • ‘In spirit & in truth’ aim of black conference worship

    July 25 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘In spirit & in truth’ aim of black conference worship

    An original arrangement of “Blessed Assurance” at the 2018 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference culminated in a musical round of three different phrases sung in unison, harmonizing the word “assurance” at the same time. “Oh what a blessed assurance.” “Blessed assurance, this is my song.” “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine,” sang the Whosoever Will Choir …

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  • Culture, discipleship grow LifeWay event 25 years

    July 24 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Culture, discipleship grow LifeWay event 25 years

    Race is not the issue of Black Church Leadership and Family Conference, leaders told Baptist Press upon the 25th anniversary of the event described as the largest gathering of African Americans in the Southern Baptist Convention. “It’s the culture,” said Jay Wells, a retired LifeWay Christian Resources executive who helped found the event during his tenure in 1993.

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  • Stateside pastors begin Virgin Island partnerships

    July 20 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Stateside pastors begin Virgin Island partnerships

    Pastors leading U.S. Virgin Island churches still recovering from devastating 2017 hurricanes are receiving new stateside ministry partners as another hurricane season threatens. The only Southern Baptist congregations on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas are networking with stateside leaders as guests of the 2018 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference.

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  • Youth team in Guatemala treks to towns & villages

    July 19 2018 by David Dawson, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    Youth team in Guatemala treks to towns & villages

    The concept of “giving the shirt off your back” took on an almost literal sense for 37 students and leaders who traveled to Guatemala for a weeklong mission trip in June. “Many of the kids left for the trip with a suitcase packed full of clothes and came home with a virtually empty suitcase.

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  • Pastors’ wives speakers address ministry challenges

    June 15 2018 by Shannon Baker, Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware | with 0 comments
    Pastors’ wives speakers address ministry challenges

    Amid growing awareness of difficulties women often face in ministry, speakers at the 2018 Pastors’ Wives Conference reminded the audience they are God’s “beloved” amid ministry that can be both “brutal and beautiful.” The June 11 gathering in Dallas was held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, site of the June 12-13 SBC annual …

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  • Pastors’ Conf. encourages, inspires, elects Danny Wood president

    With the theme “Fulfill Your Ministry,” the Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastors’ Conference speakers sought to encourage and inspire pastors with their messages on Monday (June 11) – the second day of the event. Pastors also elected Danny Wood, senior pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., as president of the conference during the …

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  • Dave Miller, 2017 Pastors’ Conf. president, diagnosed with cancer

    Iowa pastor Dave Miller, president of last year’s Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference (SBPC), has been diagnosed with kidney cancer and will undergo surgery after the SBC’s June 12-13 annual meeting in Dallas. Miller reshaped the 2017 Pastors’ Conference in Phoenix toward …

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  • Collegiate ministers get ‘fresh take’ at LifeWay summit

    May 7 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Collegiate ministers get ‘fresh take’ at LifeWay summit

    A triennial gathering involving hundreds of collegiate ministry workers “inspires us to go back to our campus with new ideas and a fresh take on things,” said Arkansas campus minister Dawn Reed. That’s why she returned to LifeWay Christian Resources’ Collegiate Summit, hosted this year May 2-4.

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  • Local events, faith initiative mark 67th Day of Prayer

    May 4 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Local events, faith initiative mark 67th Day of Prayer

    Multitudes prayed in thousands of venues on the 2018 National Day of Prayer, capped with a televised national prayer service scheduled May 3 in the U.S. Capitol. Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference President H.B. Charles was a main speaker at the 67th annual observance in Washington.

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