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J.D. Greear elected SBC presidentDALLAS (BP)-- North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear was elected Southern Baptist Convention president June 12 during the 2018 annual meeting in Dallas, two years after conceding a closely contested election to lead the denomination.
The newly elected president succeeds Memphis-area pastor Steven Gaines who served two one-year presidential terms from 2016-18. Read More
Search committee, ERLC funding mark first EC reportDALLAS (BP) -- Messengers received an update of the search for a new Executive Committee president and defeated a proposed defunding of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission during the EC's morning report at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas June 12.
EC chairman Stephen Rummage, speaking of the search for a successor to Frank S. Page after Page's March departure, voiced gratitude to Southern Baptists on behalf of the Executive Committee "for your prayers for us as we sought God's leadership during the difficult circumstances surrounding the departure of Dr. Page this spring" after eight years as EC president. Read More
SBC resolutions affirm women, denounce abuseDALLAS (BP) -- Messengers to the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention affirmed the dignity and worth of women, denounced all forms of abuse and called for sexual purity among Christian leaders in adopting 16 resolutions Tuesday (June 12).
Passage of the resolutions on women, abuse and pastoral purity by nearly unanimous votes late in the afternoon session came after months of disclosures of sexual abuse and misconduct by male leaders had rocked Southern Baptist and other evangelical churches and institutions.
Adoption of the measures also came in the wake of the May 30 termination of Paige Patterson at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary following his alleged mishandling of the reported rape of a female student and criticism of his advice to a woman abused by her husband. Read More
Send Luncheon: Pastors encouraged for 'thankless job'DALLAS (BP) -- One year ago, Hurricane Harvey had yet to appear on radar. One year ago, very few people had heard of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
"A lot can happen in a year" was the theme of the North American Mission Board's (NAMB) 2018 Send Luncheon. Held during the SBC Pastors' Conference, NAMB aimed to bless pastors with stories of faith, hope and redemption -- and a dose of humor.
The capacity-crowd event overflowed from the main room into a live simulcast location as NAMB President Kevin Ezell hosted the luncheon and turned the crowd's attention to everyday Southern Baptist pastors faithfully serving their congregations and communities. Read More
Pastors' Conf. encourages, inspires, elects Danny Wood presidentDALLAS (BP) -- With the theme "Fulfill Your Ministry," the Southern Baptist Convention's Pastors' Conference speakers sought to encourage and inspire pastors with their messages on Monday (June 11) -- the second day of the event.
Pastors also elected Danny Wood, senior pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., as president of the conference during the Monday afternoon session, held in conjunction with the SBC's annual meeting in Dallas June 12-13.
Speakers addressed the conference as follows: Read More
Gaines: Supernatural God can lift Southern Baptists
DALLAS (BP) -- Amid the perplexing and potentially divisive issues facing the denomination, Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines said the formula for unity and restoration is surprisingly uncomplicated.
"Stop talking about how big your problems are, and start talking about how big your God is," Gaines said in his presidential address Tuesday morning (June 12) at the SBC's annual meeting in Dallas. Read More
AVANCE: Jimmy Draper says unity evidences the GospelDALLAS (BP) -- AVANCE 2018 welcomed nearly 100 pastors and their wives as well as church leaders and planters for a night of fellowship, networking and prayer.
AVANCE, held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, is a partnership of LifeWay Christian Resources, the International Mission Board, the North American Mission Board, GuideStone Financial Resources and the SBC Executive Committee.
Ramon Osorio, Hispanic church planting catalyst with the North American Mission Board, opened the evening with several prayer sessions. Read More
Sex abuse news 'wake-up call' for pastors, ERLC panel saysDALLAS (BP) -- The revelations of sexual abuse of women and mishandling of it by Christian leaders offer a "divine opportunity" for the Southern Baptist Convention and its pastors to take a stand, attendees were told at a Monday evening (June 11) panel discussion sponsored by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
The event -- "Gospel Sexuality in a #MeToo Culture" -- was held on the eve of the SBC's annual meeting in Dallas and followed months of revelations of sexual harassment, abuse and misconduct by male leaders in Southern Baptist and other evangelical churches and institutions, as well as in the culture. Panels also addressed the issue in discussions earlier in the day in the SBC exhibit hall, and a rally to protest abuse in the convention was held Tuesday (June 12) outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Read More
Evangelism, unity undergird Nat'l Hispanic fellowshipDALLAS (BP) -- The National Hispanic Baptist Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention gathered for their 29th annual meeting with the theme "Reviving an Evangelistic Vision."
The event, held in conjunction with the SBC annual meeting in Dallas, drew approximately 100 Hispanic believers from around the nation. During the four-hour gathering at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, the group reelected officers, worshiped, heard from three keynote speakers and honored several pastors. Read More
Testimonies of faith, courage saturate WMU meetingDALLAS (BP) -- Kempton Turner grew up in gang- and crack-infested neighborhoods in East St. Louis, Ill. Destined to follow his parents' lifestyle of addiction, during a wild and wanton trip to New Orleans' Mardi Gras, Kempton was approached by a couple who shared the life-changing gospel with him. At that moment, "The Lord revealed Himself to me," Kempton said, sending the young man on an unshakable pursuit of his faith.
Now as North American Mission Board church planters, Kempton and his wife Caryn are planting their lives on the same East St. Louis streets he once prowled for easy fixes. Through the City of Joy church, the Turners and their five children are making inroads for Christ by helping neighbors rehab homes and learn job skills, bringing hope to the devastated community with little hope. Read More