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  • Nursing fellowship, at 35th anniversary, elects new leader

    September 18 2018 by Trennis Henderson, WMU | with 0 comments
    Nursing fellowship, at 35th anniversary, elects new leader

    Launching a new era of leadership while celebrating 35 years of ministry, Baptist Nursing Fellowship (BNF) has elected Lori Spikes as the new BNF executive director. Spikes, a longtime Southern Baptist International Mission Board (IMB) missionary to Chile, is a registered nurse with 40 years of experience in various settings.

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  • Abortion procedure legal in U.S. draws ire in England

    August 31 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Abortion procedure legal in U.S. draws ire in England

    An abortion procedure in use for 17 years in the U.S. is drawing ire from a Christian medical group as England prepares to adopt the practice by year’s end. Under the new plan, women in England will be allowed to take at home the second dose of the pharmaceutical combo commonly called the abortion pill, BBC news reported Aug. 25.

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  • University of Iowa reinstates religious groups for now

    August 17 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    University of Iowa reinstates religious groups for now

    The University of Iowa has reinstated multiple religious student groups as registered campus organizations after one group threatened to seek a temporary restraining order amid pending litigation. InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship sued the university Aug. 6 because school officials revoked the fellowship’s status as an official student organization over a requirement …

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  • University of Iowa sued again over religious liberty

    August 9 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    University of Iowa sued again over religious liberty

    For the second time in less than a year, a Christian student group has sued the University of Iowa to protect its right to select leaders who hold traditional Christian beliefs. The InterVarsity Graduate Christian Fellowship filed a lawsuit in federal court Aug. 6 after the university revoked the fellowship’s status as an official student organization …

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  • NAAF to ‘fill the gap’ in state convention church training

    July 30 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    NAAF to ‘fill the gap’ in state convention church training

    Through a new initiative of the National African American Fellowship (NAAF) of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), consultants are available to help state conventions train church staff in discipleship, evangelism, missions and community ministries. NAAF’s African American Ministry Assist Team (AAMAT) is designed to fill Southern Baptist resource gaps that NAAF said are widening …

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  • Messianics voice concerns, finalize restructure

    June 26 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Messianics voice concerns, finalize restructure

    The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship (SBMF) has expressed concern that a group some SBMF members claim opposes Jewish evangelism was among exhibitors at this year’s June 12-13 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas. During its June 10 annual meeting, the SBMF – which comprises largely Messianic Jews (Jews who follow Jesus as Messiah) …

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  • 2nd-gen pastors explore cross-cultural ministry

    June 26 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    2nd-gen pastors explore cross-cultural ministry

    Struggles and opportunities unique to second-generation Americans pastoring beyond their cultural heritage are a new focus of the 2nd Generation Asian-American Fellowship. The Southern Baptist fellowship drew about 20 pastors to a noon panel discussion June 12 in Dallas, kicking off a mentoring initiative to help second – and even third – generation pastors successfully navigate cross …

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  • Filipinos celebrate ministry, need more church planters

    June 22 2018 by Morgan Collier, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Filipinos celebrate ministry, need more church planters

    The Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America (FSBFNA) met together June 12 at Dallas Metroplex International Church to celebrate ministry accomplishments from the previous year and to worship followed by fellowship over lunch. The meeting was held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Dallas, June 12-13.

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  • Native American spiritual needs weigh on FoNAC

    June 22 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Native American spiritual needs weigh on FoNAC

    Native Americans balance life in both the native and white culture and too often lose to both, Gary Hawkins said in his executive director’s report during the Fellowship of Native American Christians’ (FoNAC) sixth annual gathering in Dallas. “Spiritual needs are tremendous among native people,” Hawkins said during FoNAC’s June 10-11 meeting in conjunction with …

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  • Filipinos to expand ministry offerings

    May 18 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Filipinos to expand ministry offerings

    Considering an executive director job description and hearing proposals for new ministry initiatives will be among highlights of the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America’s annual meeting in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Dallas. The theme of the Filipino Fellowship’s meeting is “Together for the Gospel.”

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  • Native Americans to discuss gospel contextualization

    May 18 2018 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Native Americans to discuss gospel contextualization

    A presentation of the gospel message to demonstrate a contextual way of ministering to unreached and under-reached Native people will be part of the Fellowship of Native American Christians’ (FoNAC) annual meeting in June. “Everyone is welcome,” FoNAC Executive Director Gary Hawkins told Baptist Press.

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  • Messianics to finalize restructuring plan

    May 18 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Messianics to finalize restructuring plan

    The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship will finalize an organizational restructuring plan, hear reports of Jewish evangelism and potentially discuss electing an executive director when the group gathers in Dallas in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

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  • ‘The Lord blessed’ Vietnamese fellowship’s meeting

    August 7 2017 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘The Lord blessed’ Vietnamese fellowship’s meeting

    More than 1,100 people registered onsite for the annual meeting of the Vietnamese Baptist Fellowship of North America, a Southern Baptist fellowship of 160 churches. More than 1,400 attended the fellowship’s praise and worship service. The fellowship met in Charlotte for worship, fellowship, encouragement and to build unity.

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  • ERLC helps lead call for justice reform

    June 23 2017 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ERLC helps lead call for justice reform

    The Southern Baptist Convention’s ethics entity has joined with Prison Fellowship and other organizations in an appeal to Christians to work for a “fair and redemptive” justice system in the world’s leading incarcerating country. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission partnered with the country’s largest outreach to prisoners …

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  • Filipino Baptists delay vote on executive director

    June 22 2017 by Daniel Woodman, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Filipino Baptists delay vote on executive director

    A vote to postpone election of an executive director and continued emphasis on church planting were among highlights of the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America’s (FSBFNA) annual meeting. During a business session, the fellowship’s officers nominated Dan Santiago, pastor of Covenant Christian Church in Jacksonville, Fla., as the first-ever FSBFNA executive director. 

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