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  • Mentored men honor Bill Bennett’s legacy

    January 11 2018 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 1 comments
    Mentored men honor Bill Bennett’s legacy

    William “Bill” L. Bennett Sr. died early Jan. 11, but many Christian leaders shaped by his mentoring ministry said his influence continues. “His contribution in Kingdom advance will not stop even though God has chosen to call Bill Bennett to glory,” said Milton A. Hollifield Jr., executive director-treasure of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

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  • ‘In All Things Pray’ opens 2018 for Southern Baptists

    December 19 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘In All Things Pray’ opens 2018 for Southern Baptists

    The month-long prayer emphasis “In All Things Pray” opens 2018 on the Southern Baptist Convention calendar, encouraging churches to pray corporately for 60 minutes at least weekly in January. Standing on Acts 1:8 and 2 Chronicles 7:14, In All Things Pray encourages scripture reading, public leadership, worship, vocalized prayer requests and guided prayer.

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  • SBC evangelism task force discusses recommendations

    December 11 2017 by Alex Sibley, SWBTS | with 0 comments
    SBC evangelism task force discusses recommendations

    Members of the Southern Baptist Convention’s evangelism task force met Dec. 5 to each share recommendations that will be considered for a final report to the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2018 annual meeting in Dallas. The task force gathered on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for the second of three scheduled meetings.

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  • Sex abuse prevention resources available at sbc.net

    November 15 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Sex abuse prevention resources available at sbc.net

    While a growing international storm of sexual abuse allegations are swirling, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has long encouraged churches to be proactive in preventing abuse. Churches should model the highest standards of moral integrity and churches should use legal resources to exclude sexual predators from leadership, the SBC said as early as 2002.

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  • Will you take the ‘Gospel Conversation Challenge’?

    October 30 2017 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Will you take the ‘Gospel Conversation Challenge’?

    Southern Baptist Convention leaders are calling on churches and their members to take part in a nationwide effort to have 1 million gospel conversations by June 2018. The GC (Gospel Conversations) Challenge is a joint effort of the North American Mission Board, LifeWay Christian Resources and Southern Baptist state conventions.

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  • Patterson-Humphreys atonement debate remembered

    October 26 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Patterson-Humphreys atonement debate remembered

    A 1987 debate on Christ’s atonement between Paige Patterson and then-New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary theology professor Fisher Humphreys may have had “greater significance” in the Southern Baptist Convention’s Conservative Resurgence than some have thought. The debate revealed a need for ongoing “theological examination in all of the Convention’s agencies.”

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  • Prayer, new partnerships highlight Montana conv.

    October 20 2017 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Prayer, new partnerships highlight Montana conv.

    Six church plants and a new three-year partnership with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention were among highlights of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting. The convention, known in-state as Refresh Montana, held its Oct. 5-6 sessions at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Billings.

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  • Gaines, McKissic, others talk race and SBC

    August 23 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Gaines, McKissic, others talk race and SBC

    Evangelicals challenge political leaders who support same-sex marriage and abortion, and they should also stand strongly against vitriolic rhetoric, violence and hatred, pastor Dwight McKissic said in a panel discussion he hosted. Among guests was Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines, who renounced racial and political hatred, saying it has no place in a Christian’s life.

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  • SBC evangelism task force holds first meeting

    August 17 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC evangelism task force holds first meeting

    How to increase Southern Baptists’ passion for personal evangelism and encourage preachers to include evangelistic invitations in every sermon were among the topics discussed at the first meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention’s task force on soul winning and evangelistic preaching. “I cannot remember a meeting that encouraged my heart as much as this one,” Paige Patterson said.

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  • Jim Wells, outgoing SBC registration secretary, dies at 69

    June 20 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Jim Wells, outgoing SBC registration secretary, dies at 69

    Jim Wells, a 15-term Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) registration secretary known for his humble leadership style, died June 17 following a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 69. First elected registration secretary in 2002, Wells oversaw messenger registration, ballot counting and reporting of vote totals at SBC annual meetings among other duties.

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  • $3.1M Cooperative Program gift featured in EC report

    June 14 2017 by Barbara Denman, Art Toalston & Erin Roach | with 0 comments
    $3.1M Cooperative Program gift featured in EC report

    Flanked by more than two dozen Florida pastors, Tommy Green of the Florida Baptist Convention presented a gift of $3,136,500 to the Southern Baptist Convention during the Executive Committee report. The Cooperative Program gift, from the sale of the Florida convention’s former building, was among numerous facets of the Executive Committee’s report to messengers.

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  • ACP: Churches up in 2016; baptisms, membership decline

    June 9 2017 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    ACP: Churches up in 2016; baptisms, membership decline

    Southern Baptists experienced growth in the number of churches that cooperate with the Southern Baptist Convention in 2016, according to the latest Annual Church Profile report (ACP). However, other key measures declined in 2016, including membership, baptisms, average worship attendance and total giving, according to the ACP.

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  • Executive Committee marks 100 years ‘behind the scenes’

    June 9 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Executive Committee marks 100 years ‘behind the scenes’

    The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee’s (EC) 100th anniversary will be marked by a “low-key” celebration, says EC President Frank S. Page, because by design the committee has never been characterized by publicity and attention. … the EC has been a “quiet, behind-the-scenes, steady hand that has helped guide and direct [the SBC] over the years.”

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  • Racial unity in SBC focus of new book

    June 6 2017 by S. Craig Sanders, SBTS | with 0 comments
    Racial unity in SBC focus of new book

    A new book co-edited by two African-American faculty members at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary aims to equip Southern Baptists for healing racial wounds in the denomination, which was founded in 1845 in a split from Northern Baptists so slaveholding families could serve on the mission field.

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  • PrayerLink expresses its mission in logo’s redesign

    May 24 2017 by Roger S. Oldham, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    PrayerLink expresses its mission in logo’s redesign

    Calling on the Southern Baptist PrayerLink leadership team to “fan into flame a passionate pursuit of God in prayer,” Chris Schofield opened the group’s winter meeting as PrayerLink’s first executive director. “The Lord is not through with what we began years ago,” said Schofield.

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