Panel takes stock of Southern Baptists' unity

Southern Baptist unity was the topic of a panel discussion sponsored by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's For the Church initiative June 12 in Dallas.

Panel describes, advocates 'text-driven' preaching

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted a Text-Driven Preaching "MicroConference" prior to the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference in Dallas, with panelists advocating such preaching as the best means for communicating God's Word to His people.

Girls in rural church learn of minister retiree needs

Three girls in a rural church learn of Mission:Dignity, raising more than $1,000 to aid minister retirees and widows.
  • 2nd-gen pastors explore cross-cultural ministry

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Samuelle Grove
    DALLAS (BP) -- 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-cultural church planting and pastoral ministry. The event was held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting. Read More

  • Asian Americans can be 'missionary forces' in SBC

    by Morgan Collier, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray
    DALLAS (BP) -- "We have a citizenship in heaven and we are true brothers and sisters in Christ," D. August Boto told attendees at the National Asian American Fellowship's June 11 meeting in Dallas.

    Boto, interim president of the SBC Executive Committee, said the EC is "available to enhance the way God has gifted you in and through the ministries of the Southern Baptist Convention."

    Paul Kim, the EC's Asian American relations consultant, presented Roger S. Oldham, EC vice president for convention communications and relations, and Ken Weathersby, vice president for convention advancement, with awards of appreciation for their continued support for the National Asian American Fellowship. Read More

  • B21 panel urges strong stand on abuse of all forms

    by Andrew J.W. Smith, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Van Payne
    DALLAS (BP) -- Southern Baptists should take a strong stand against all forms of abuse and fight to create gracious church environments in which abuse victims are heard and loved, panelists said during the Baptist21 luncheon on June 12 in Dallas.

    More than 1,300 people attended the sold-out event in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center during the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting to hear seven Southern Baptist leaders address the theme of "United and Diverse: Critical Issues for our Cooperative Future." Read More

  • SBC, church's role in politics focus of 9Marks panel

    by Lauren Pratt, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Mark Ira Hooks
    DALLAS (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention's current condition and how churches should engage politics were topics of conversation at this year's 9Marks evening events, June 11-12, in Dallas.

    Mark Dever moderated both 9Marks events, hosted with Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dever is the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and president of 9Marks, an organization dedicated to helping foster church health. The events, which started at 9 p.m., were held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting. Read More

  • Connect 316 prays for unity, clarity in SBC

    by David Roach, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray
    DALLAS (BP) -- On the eve of this year's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, Connect 316 -- an organization advocating a "traditionalist" view of salvation -- convened for a prayer meeting in lieu of its annual celebration.

    "We heard" outgoing SBC President Steve Gaines' call to prayer, Connect 316 executive board member Tim Barnette told the June 11 gathering at the Dallas Omni. "So we wanted to join him in that and support that because we believe, like Jerry Falwell Sr. used to say, that nothing of eternal consequence takes place apart from concerted prayer. We believe what James says, that the prayer of the righteous is intensely powerful." Read More

  • NAMB, Send Relief's exhibit: Sending hope

    by Josie Rabbitt Bingham, posted Friday, June 22, 2018 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Hayley Catt
    DALLAS (BP) -- The North American Mission Board's exhibit featured its Send Relief compassion ministry as well as Send Network church planting emphasis at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Dallas.

    "The overall theme is sending hope," NAMB director of events Lee Cunningham said. "We highlighted the five Send Relief focus areas and encouraged people to two calls to action: writing notes for church planters and recording a Gospel Conversation (GC) Challenge video. The exhibit design was made to bring these two things together across NAMB and Send Relief." Read More