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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • WMU-NC reaches out ‘By Any Means’

    April 18 2017 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 0 comments
    WMU-NC reaches out ‘By Any Means’

    Being raised in the church, Ruth Ripken decided at age 8 that she would be a missionary when she grew up. At age 12, she presented a term paper about going to Africa and began writing an annual letter to the International Mission Board about her desire and availability to go.

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  • IMB study to examine entity trustee fluctuations

    March 23 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    IMB study to examine entity trustee fluctuations

    While the Southern Baptist Convention’s Committee on Nominations met March 16-17 in Nashville to discuss potential members of boards and standing committees, a subcommittee of the International Mission Board was embarking on a study of trustee representation from states and territories with decreasing numbers of Southern Baptists.

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  • Gardner-Webb divinity alum brings hope to Sudan

    March 21 2017 by Gardner-Webb Communications | with 0 comments
    Gardner-Webb divinity alum brings hope to Sudan

    The people of South Sudan flee their war-torn country looking for refuge in Uganda. Mostly women and children, they experience the trauma of losing husbands, fathers, siblings and their own self-worth. Jamie Elizabeth Efird, a graduate of Gardner-Webb University, has worked with mission groups to bring them a message of hope.

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  • ‘JESUS’ film, at 1,500 languages, reaches millions

    March 15 2017 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘JESUS’ film, at 1,500 languages, reaches millions

    For one morning a week for quite some time, both women had been nothing but consistent. Riah* had been faithfully working to help keep up the home of Yvonne Cantwell*, a missionary in Southeast Asia. And Cantwell had been faithfully sharing the gospel and Bible stories with her as they built a relationship. ...

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  • LifeWay Films schedules encore ‘Insanity of God’ simulcasts

    March 13 2017 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    LifeWay Films schedules encore ‘Insanity of God’ simulcasts

    Response to LifeWay Films’ simulcasts of The Insanity of God last fall has prompted encore showings March 22 and 26. The feature documentary tells the story of Nik and Ruth Ripken who traveled to 72 countries into the depths of the persecuted church to find out if God makes a difference in difficult places.

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  • IMB technology department announces new structure

    March 3 2017 by Julie McGowan, IMB | with 0 comments
    IMB technology department announces new structure

    The International Mission Board’s Technology Solutions leader announced a new structure designed to more wisely leverage technology for the accomplishment of the entity’s mission. The decision was driven by a shift to the cloud (off-site data storage) and other industry-wide technology changes, which fundamentally allow users to accomplish more with fewer resources.

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