A native of North Carolina, Emerson minister David Owen went to Bible college practically out of high school. At 21 years old he took a bivocational pastor position at a church in south central Virginia, staying there a year and a half. At that point he pursued some other educational options through external studies, he says, before becoming a full-time evangelist in his early 30s. He'd remain in that role for nearly five years.
The Georgia Baptist Convention is prepared to help you protect your church from the devastating effects of sexual abuse. This is one area where the old adage, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," is particularly true.
Thursday, Sept. 12, was a special day on the campus of Truett-McConnell College. The chapel service had the imprint of God upon it. The gymnasium is typically filled to capacity when chapel services are held at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland.
Planting a church is no cakewalk. It is not for the faint of heart. It is not a fancy that emerges into a full-fledged reality overnight. Planting a church requires faith, perseverance, grit, determination, lots of hard work, and much, much more.
The North American Mission Board is convening a national Pastors' Task Force on Evangelistic Impact & Declining Baptisms to address the continued decrease in baptisms among Southern Baptist churches. The group's first meeting was Sept. 18 in Nashville.
Not many organizations are rich with a heritage that spans more than 100 years, but Girls in Action and Acteens organizations sponsored by WMU have now passed the century mark of engaging girls in missions education and involvement.
The North American Mission Board has issued new guidelines for Southern Baptist military chaplains in light of the U.S. military's recognition of same-sex marriage. The guidelines reiterate Southern Baptist doctrine and the expectation that SBC chaplains will not participate in or attend wedding ceremonies for gay members of the military.
Fall brings the opening of the new school year, the energy of the season of autumn and, for Southern Baptists, the meeting of the state Baptist conventions. In coming weeks, most of our state conventions will be holding their annual meetings. Pastors and laypeople will gather from local churches and assemble as a convention of Baptist churches. There is a glory in these meetings, and they affirm our need for these state conventions and their ministries.
Major League Baseball's World Series is looming on the horizon. I remember the first Fall Classic I saw on television. It was the first game of the 1950 Series between the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies. It consisted of an amazing pitching duel between Vic Rashi of the Yankees and Jim Konstanty of the Phillies. New York won the game 1-0.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published October 3, 2013
I recently received an email that was most encouraging. As you know, one of the 5 Smooth Stones is Authentic Evangelism. We have emphasized the importance of having conversations with people about Jesus.