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FIRST-PERSON: Preaching from God & before God
A pastor can fill the pulpit with passion and humility, Tony Wolfe writes, when his message is prepared "from God" and delivered "before God." Read More
Small church, bivocational group offers free educationNASHVILLE (BP) -- As Joe Wright Jr. and his wife Pennie worshiped with a Southern Baptist congregation of 12 members in the Tennessee Delta just a few weeks ago, the pastor's participation was noticeable.
"We sat there and watched the pastor open his hymnbook and without a piano, he led those 12 people in about three songs," said Wright, in his fourth month as executive director of the Bivocational & Small Church Leadership Network (BSCLN). '"When he was done, he shut the hymnbook, and he said let's pray. And he prayed, and he said, 'It's time for the preaching.' And he opened the Bible, ... Read More
#MeToo confronts small churches, bivocational pastorsNASHVILLE (BP) -- Amid the #MeToo movement, conferences and seminaries have heightened their focus on training pastors to prevent and report sexual abuse.
But associational leader Sean McMahon worries those training efforts are leaving out a sizable group of pastors: small church and bivocational "heroes" who "work 55-60 hours a week in their normal job," serve 20 hours with the church and "never take a Sunday off."
"Most bivocational pastors don't get to go to conferences," said McMahon, executive director of the Florida Baptist Association in Tallahassee. "Most bivocational pastors never set foot on a seminary campus.... To be able to get some real training in their hands" on abuse prevention and reporting "is huge." Read More
Hispanic Alliance welcomes J.D. Greear, new SBC pres.DALLAS (BP) -- More than 100 pastors and their wives attended the Hispanic Baptist Pastors' Alliance Tuesday (June 12), welcoming new SBC President J.D. Greear during a morning of worship, fellowship and a call to go beyond the church walls.
Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in North Carolina, kicked off the meeting telling pastors about several areas he sees as important to unity and proclamation of the Gospel.
First, Greear said, the Gospel must be what the churches unite around. Next, people of other cultures within the SBC need to be elevated to positions of leadership. As a convention there needs to be a re-focus on evangelism and a renewed commitment to planting churches at home and around the world, something he thinks Hispanics are key to as they are able to go places Anglos can't. His final point was an encouragement to mobilize the college-aged and next generations in their strategic places. Read More
Pastors' wives speakers address ministry challengesDALLAS (BP) -- Amid growing awareness of difficulties women often face in ministry, speakers at the 2018 Pastors' Wives Conference reminded the audience they are God's "beloved" amid ministry that can be both "brutal and beautiful."
Calling this week a "momentous convention," Lisa Harper urged ministers' wives to "stand, even when expected to sit, with strong conviction and soft hearts."
"Misogyny or not, we all have to go back to what it means to be beloved," said Harper, a popular speaker and author of "The Sacrament of Happy" and "Job: An Unlikely Story of Joy." Harper is also mom to Missy, whom she adopted from Haiti in 2014. 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
Pastors' Conf. sounds call to 'Fulfill Your Ministry'DALLAS (BP) -- A diverse slate of speakers exhorted fellow pastors and church leaders to be faithful to their calling during the first two sessions of 2018 Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference June 10-11 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
Centered on the theme "Fulfill Your Ministry" drawn from 2 Timothy 4:5, attendees were challenged to finish strong in their calling to local church ministry. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Calling out the called
Churches need a fresh resolve to call out men to be pastors, Hance Dilbeck writes. "We need more people-loving, Bible-preaching, holy-living, soul-winning pastors. ... Let's challenge people to listen, to imagine the possibility of God's call, to embrace the blessing of a life spent building up the church and advancing the Gospel." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: A normal Baptist church
Randy Davis tells of visiting a "normal" Baptist church in a "normal" rural community led by a "normal" bivocational pastor. But churches like First Baptist Howell are "pretty exceptional in my book," Davis writes. Read More