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  • IMB taps Paul Chitwood as presidential candidate

    November 6 2018 by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
    IMB taps Paul Chitwood as presidential candidate

    The International Mission Board (IMB) trustees’ presidential search committee announced Tuesday (Nov. 6) that the committee will recommend Paul Chitwood, 48, to be elected as the 173-year-old entity’s 13th president. The vote to elect Chitwood is scheduled for the Nov. 15 plenary session during their IMB board meeting in Richmond.

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  • Sebastian Traeger to leave IMB VP post

    October 3 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sebastian Traeger to leave IMB VP post

    Sebastian Traeger, executive vice president (EVP) of the International Mission Board (IMB), has announced he will resign Nov. 15 at the next meeting of IMB trustees. Traeger tied his resignation to the departure of David Platt as IMB president to pastor a church in northern Virginia.

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  • Platt’s IMB farewell: ‘Rise above’ SBC challenges

    October 1 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Platt’s IMB farewell:  ‘Rise above’ SBC challenges

    In his final address to trustees as International Mission Board (IMB) president, David Platt urged the IMB’s leaders to “rise above” current challenges in the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) in order to reach the world’s “2.8 billion people who have little to no access” to the gospel.

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  • Hindu nationalists host world conference in U.S.

    September 6 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Hindu nationalists host world conference in U.S.

    An international Hindu confab in the U.S. that organizers describe as a unity initiative will include radical and violent Hindu nationalists, International Christian Concern (ICC) charged Sept. 5. The second World Hindu Congress convening Sept. 7-9 in Chicago will encourage the use of Hindu philosophy, according to event organizers, to address issues of politics, education and commerce …

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  • IMB’s Platt initiates sexual abuse investigations

    July 26 2018 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    IMB’s Platt initiates sexual abuse investigations

    Two “thorough, outside, independent” investigations have been initiated by International Mission Board (IMB) President David Platt into the IMB’s handling of any past sexual abuse allegations and into its policies of zero tolerance for such abuse. Platt also stated a public apology to Anne Marie Miller, who has alleged sexual abuse by …

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  • Still jailed in Turkey, Brunson gave ‘bold’ witness

    July 20 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Still jailed in Turkey, Brunson gave ‘bold’ witness

    American pastor Andrew Brunson’s continued imprisonment in Turkey following a July 18 court hearing is probably an act of political maneuvering rather than Islamic persecution, two Islamic studies professors say. Resurgent conservative Islam in Turkey is, however, part of the background, the professors say …

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  • IMB toughens cyber security after data breach

    July 13 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    IMB toughens cyber security after data breach

    A data breach occurred at the International Mission Board that may have exposed personal information of current and former employees, volunteers and applicants. The Southern Baptist entity launched a “comprehensive response” immediately upon discovering the cyber security incident and promptly notified law enforcement officials, according to a statement released to the Biblical Recorder on July 12.

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  • How worship songs brought a Buddhist to Christ

    July 6 2018 by Caroline Anderson, IMB | with 0 comments
    How worship songs brought a Buddhist to Christ

    Pavan* grew up feeling unsettled in his destiny. As the firstborn son in his family, he thought he would have to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a Buddhist monk. But music intervened into this cultural tradition that should have dictated his future. Pavan, now a Christian pastor, recounted his past and the persistent …

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  • U.S. must have stake in Nigerian peace, speakers say

    June 8 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    U.S. must have stake in Nigerian peace, speakers say

    The United States has a responsibility to act to curtail extremist violence in Nigeria, religious freedom and human rights advocates from both countries said in a Capitol Hill briefing. The June 5 event, sponsored by International Christian Concern (ICC), focused on a West African country that is by far the largest population-wise on the continent …

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  • 148 Boko Haram sex slaves, forced laborers rescued

    June 6 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    148 Boko Haram sex slaves, forced laborers rescued

    Nearly 150 children and adults enslaved by Boko Haram terrorists for sex and labor have been rescued from a remote camp in Borno state, Nigeria’s defense leaders said June 4. “The rescued hostages, comprising 15 men, 58 women and 75 children revealed ... that the Boko Haram terrorists had sexually violated the females and used … 

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  • David Sills resigns leadership roles

    June 4 2018 by Biblical Recorder staff | with 0 comments
    David Sills resigns leadership roles

    David Sills has resigned from leadership positions as president of Reaching & Teaching International Ministries, professor at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and member of the search team for a new president of the International Mission Board. Sills, a leading Southern Baptist missiologist …

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  • Rick Dunbar to succeed Hance Dilbeck as IMB chair

    December 4 2017 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Rick Dunbar to succeed Hance Dilbeck as IMB chair

    International Mission Board trustees have a new chairman, Rick Dunbar of Mississippi, replacing Hance Dilbeck, who has been nominated as the next executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. Dunbar is a member of First Baptist Church in Madison, Miss., and an emergency medicine physician.

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  • Platt, IMB welcome 32 new missionaries

    November 20 2017 by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
    Platt, IMB welcome 32 new missionaries

    As a preschooler in Mission Friends, Amy Jones learned about God’s desire to gather people from every nation, tribe, people group and language. “It became real when my mother returned from England with stories and a tea set,” Jones recalled during a Sending Celebration that marked the appointment of 32 new International Mission Board personnel.

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  • David Platt ‘all in’ as IMB president as he accepts teaching pastor role

    October 31 2017 by Brandon Pickett, SBC of Virginia | with 0 comments
    David Platt ‘all in’ as IMB president as he accepts teaching pastor role

    David Platt, president of the International Mission Board, says he is more excited now about leading the Southern Baptist Convention’s largest mission organization than ever before. At the same time, Platt is excited about serving the church where he and his family worship in a new way.

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  • IMB continues limitless challenge at SBC meeting

    During the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Phoenix, International Mission Board personnel will share how Southern Baptists can be a part of making disciples of all nations as God’s ordinary people empowered by His limitless power to fulfill Christ’s Great Commission. The annual meeting also will feature a “Sending Celebration” celebrating missionaries, along with their church families.

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