Georgia Baptist Executive Committee members heard of a major restructuring of the Convention, approved the 2013 budget, modified the policy regarding church planters assistance, heard a report from the president, and conducted other business during their Sept. 11 meeting.
Bryan Pillsbury is the new associational missionary for the Atlanta Association of Southern Baptist Churches. He will continue to serve as elder/associate pastor/missions at Mount Vernon Baptist Church.
James Rudy Gray, a pastor, writer and Christian counselor with roots in journalism, has been named the 11th editor and president of the Baptist Courier, the official newspaper of the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
New Orleans Seminary escaped Hurricane Isaac's winds and rain with damage estimated at less than $300,000. The slow-moving storm raged on throughout the day Aug. 29, the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. But this storm was no Katrina, and NOBTS officials expect to have the campus fully operational by Tues., Sept. 4.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief feeding operations are now in high gear in nine Louisiana and Mississippi venues, with 83,500 hot meals already prepared and delivered to Hurricane Isaac victims in the two hard-hit Gulf Coast states as of noon Monday.
LifeWay Christian Resources has announced a change for World Changers and PowerPlant student ministries which will allow a greater impact on the 64 cities and towns in 24 states where they will minister next year.
Disaster Relief An "easy way to minister to people who are hurting" By Sherri Brown Published September 20, 2012
His first home was on the other side of the globe. It was where he spent his first 11 years, the place he learned at the feet of his parents how to love and serve God. It was the place where, as a young boy, he left his father, buried too young, too suddenly.
It's Your Decision By Stewart Simms, retired pastor, Beech Haven Baptist Church, Athens Published September 20, 2012
Stop what you are doing! No, don’t stop reading The Christian Index, but rather cancel whatever plans you have for the rest of the day. Well, cancel them unless you are planning to make a soul-winning visit or go to a church meeting. Google “moviefone” or check the newspaper section that lists the theaters that are currently showing “Last Ounce of Courage” and go see this film today. Take as many people to see this movie as you possibly can.
I left my breakfast meeting with a young pastor and realized, with a measure of sadness, that I was no longer a "young pastor." He was facing a number of ministry challenges that seemed very familiar to me.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published September 20, 2012
It seemed like a good idea at the time. It was a simple problem. It needed to be addressed, and it was time to take care of it. The problem: a tree had grown until its branches were hitting an aluminum stack pipe coming out of my roof. It serves as the vent for a vented gas fireplace.