As North American Mission Board trustees looked toward the 2009 Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions, they celebrated news that NAMB's missionary count topped 5,600 at the end of 2008 and Southern Baptist church plants increased 6 percent over 2007.
Neither snow nor rain nor gloom of night is supposed to keep the postman from his appointed rounds, but Bob Terry still doesn't understand why it takes four days for his copy of The Alabama Baptist newspaper to travel the 10 miles between the post office and his mailbox.
George Beverly Shea, the legendary soloist who ministered alongside evangelist Billy Graham for decades, celebrated his 100th birthday Feb. 1 at the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, N.C.
Christmas may have come two months ago for most individuals, but 58 grant recipients of the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation received their long-awaited gifts the week after Valentine's Day.
To date, the North American Mission Board, three of the SBC's six seminaries, Woman’s Missionary Union, LifeWay Christian Resources, and GuideStone Financial Services have announced budget cuts and staff reductions.
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., has launched a quarterly magazine called "Purpose Driven Connection," along with a bundle of personal growth tools designed for small group implementation.
LifeWay Worship unveiled the next generation in digital music Feb. 5 in Nashville, introducing "SongMap" to Christian and mainstream music industry executives, worship and music ministers, and government and civic leaders.
The Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee unanimously agreed Feb. 17 to continue to study whether the convention should remain affiliated with Broadway Baptist Church, a historic Fort Worth, Texas, congregation that was involved last year in a controversy over whether homosexual couples should be pictured in a church directory.
Despite the nation's financial upheaval, "the generosity of countless numbers of men and women in the pews of our churches" is evident, leaders of the SBC's 11 entities and its women's auxiliary noted in an open letter to Southern Baptists released Feb. 16.
Both Billy Graham and Rick Warren are ordained ministers in the Southern Baptist Convention, but their ecumenical import and stature as worldwide ambassadors for Christ have far exceeded their early success as a brash youth evangelist and a colorful church planter.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published February 26, 2009
I am deeply honored to have been invited to have a part on the program of the North American Mission Board's Missionary Commissioning Celebration to be held at First Baptist Church of Rincon, Georgia.