Georgia Baptist pastor Benny Pate joined the state convention staff in June 1998 as one of the first four GBC Ministry Resource Consultants before, five years later, becoming the specialist for Leadership Ministries. Pate, now retired, recently shared some thoughts on convention life with Index editor J. Gerald Harris.
Support of David Platt By Clay Layfield, Associate Pastor of Music and Senior Adults, FBC Eastman Published October 2, 2014
I would like to express my enthusiastic support of the election of David Platt as the president of the IMB. It is exciting to see that God has raised up a young pastor with a deep passion for the gospel who will lead the charge to take the message of Jesus Christ to the darkest places on this earth.
Keith and Kristyn Getty, world-renown Irish musicians known largely for their modern hymns, will be leading the evening worship at the Georgia Baptist Convention annual meeting in Macon on Monday evening, Nov. 10. The couple has performed around the world and are perhaps best known for their song "In Christ Alone." Here is an interview with Keith Getty as he explains some of his concepts about his music and how he uses it to communicate biblical truths.
Georgia Baptist messengers will vote on a proposed 2015 budget of $40,400,000 when they gather in Macon for the annual meeting Nov. 10-11. The funding for missions in Georgia and beyond trims $1,400,000 from the current year and reflects budget levels not seen since 1998.
Saint Vincent and Union Island of the Grenadines in the Windward Islands have been one of the primary targets of Tabernacle Baptist Church's mission efforts for almost a decade. In July, 31 members from Tabernacle and First Baptist Cartersville made the trek to these Caribbean islands for the purpose of bolstering the work they initiated years ago.
October is "Cooperative Program Emphasis Month" on the Southern Baptist Convention's calendar when churches are challenged to study the Cooperative Program – to learn about it, see what it does, pray about their part – perhaps using the "1% Challenge" video (http://vimeo.com/68820362) as a catalyst.
Ministers and their families new to Georgia gathered together at the Missions and Ministry Center Sept. 25-26 to see first-hand the ministry tools offered through Georgia Baptist Convention departments.
As a kid I grew up listening to preachers on the radio like John MacArthur and Charles Stanley. It wasn’t a weekly thing, but occasionally on the weekend you might find one of their sermons on the house stereo. If I wanted to listen to more of their sermons, I had to either tune in at a certain time or order their sermons on cassette or CD.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that DeKalb County would have early voting at the South DeKalb Mall on Sunday, Oct. 26. Georgia State Senator Fran Millar went on Facebook to decry the Sunday voting just prior to the Nov. 4 election.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published October 2, 2014
I know billboard advertising is very expensive, so there must be a lot of thought and planning that goes into a billboard message before it is ever printed and then pasted up on the board. That's why I am still a bit confused over a billboard I saw recently on I-75 in north Georgia.