The priorities Johnny Hunt announced for his tenure as president of the Southern Baptist Convention are the same ones that have characterized his 32 years as a local church pastor – evangelism, discipleship, and missions.
New Orleans Seminary has launched its third prison extension program to train inmates for ministry. Phillips State Prison in Buford has joined Leavell College bachelor’s degree programs at the state penitentiaries in Angola, La., and Parchman, Miss.
Heavy rain, dangerous lightning, tornado warnings, and, in some places, flooding buffeted metro Indianapolis and canceled some events during Crossover’08, but by afternoon the sun emerged and Southern Baptists were out telling others about the Son.
More than 300 Baptist boys, men, parents, and mission education leaders from around the country jammed the Pioneer Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds June 7 to kick-off the Southern Baptist Convention in the first-ever Royal Ambassador National pine-car racer derby to raise money for world hunger relief mission programs.
High rates of divorce and unmarried childbearing cost U.S. taxpayers at least $112 billion each year, making marriage enrichment a legitimate policy concern, a first-of-its-kind study sponsored by four public policy and research groups said.
Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention on the first ballot at last week’s annual meeting in Indianapolis. Frank Cox, pastor of North Metro First Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, came in second in a field of six candidates.
We seem to have lost the vision that the Covenant for a New Century established for the denomination in 1997. Since the creation of the North American Mission Board at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting 11 years ago this month, we have not been given a consistent, cohesive, national evangelistic emphasis around which our churches could gather. Without direction from such a national agency much of our evangelistic fervor has floundered.
Despite difficult economic conditions, Southern Baptists gave $150.4 million to the 2007 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions to support the work of more than 5,300 missionaries worldwide.
Southern Baptist Convention messengers meeting June 10-11 elected a new president, launched an initiative to share the gospel with every person in North America by 2020, accepted a report from the Executive Committee on child sexual abuse prevention, and adopted a much-discussed resolution on regenerate church membership.
For years Roland Dann was a pastor like many others. He oversaw the week-to-week workings of a church. He prepared his messages and delivered them faithfully. He got out in the community where his identity was as preacher.
David Akin is celebrating 20 years of full-time music ministry this year. During these two decades of ministry David and his family, who are a vital part of his ministry, have seen thousands of souls saved and countless other decisions for Christ.
Unchurched adults interested in finding a congregation aren’t nearly as likely to visit one in person as a church member who is shopping for a new congregation, according to several recent LifeWay Research studies.
Southern Baptists took a major step toward responding more quickly to overseas disasters when their state disaster relief directors approved a new protocol for mobilizing “initial responders” to crisis situations overseas.
A federal judge has approved a $3.9 million settlement shielding Charleston Southern University from further liability in the $90-million fraud case of Al Parish, a former economist and professor at the Baptist-affiliated school.
Spanish speakers in the United States and abroad are embracing LifeWay resources, especially family Bible studies, discipleship materials, and Vacation Bible Schools, according to reports at a seminar for Hispanic church consultants in Miami May 11-12.
Southern Baptists continue to provide relief in Myanmar and China following catastrophic disasters in the two Asian countries in May. Contributions to the Southern Baptist World Hunger and General Relief funds have made these efforts possible.
Gardner-Webb University faculty member Bob Carey has been elected president of the National Press Photographers Association, one of the nation’s two largest organizations of media professionals, with more than 10,000 members.
More than 23,000 Southern Baptist students – from teenage to college-age – will tackle roofing, drywall repairs, painting, and landscaping in 96 World Changers projects this summer in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
The Interdenominational Theological Center, a consortium of African-American theological schools in Atlanta, has urged black churches to take proactive steps to address the crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan.
A British professor who claims to have found the successor to the Ark of the Covenant – or at least something like it – says he worried the artifact is at risk of damage or theft in the political chaos in Zimbabwe.
In the heat of a July afternoon members of First Baptist Lyons gathered in the parking lot for a tailgate party. There was no ball game and no real reason to celebrate – the event was just one more way to invite friends to a church gathering.
We have all heard the “good news/bad news” jokes. The question is always asked, “Which do you want first?” With the recent news regarding the spiritual state of the Southern Baptist Convention coming from our denomination’s Executive Committee and LifeWay Christian Resources, there is no good news unless your name is Pollyanna or your glasses are rose colored. I submit the following observations for your consideration.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published June 19, 2008
Georgia has experienced some extreme weather this spring. Tornadoes touched down into areas of our state causing death, injury, damage to homes, businesses, and churches, and displacement of families. Georgia Baptist disaster relief volunteers have been on the scene, providing outstanding ministry and service to those in need.