Two of nine recommendations to strengthen the Cooperative Program will be revised when they are presented to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention in Greensboro, N.C., according to a May 26 announcement by the president and officers of the SBC Executive Committee.
Bobby Welch, pastor of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach and the president of the Southern Baptist Convention, told church leaders he will retire Aug. 27 after 32 years as the church’s senior pastor.
Wade Burleson, the Oklahoma pastor whose relationships with fellow trustees of the International Mission Board have been strained for a number of months, announced June 1 he will ask the Southern Baptist Convention to approve an investigation of various trustee actions.
Trustees of the International Mission Board, meeting May 22-24 in Albuquerque, tabled a motion calling for a special task force to study doctrinal qualifications for missionary candidates, appointed 95 new missionaries and elected officers for 2006-07.
Virginia Donaldson has known Charlie Cooper, pastor of Burkhalter Baptist Church, nearly all his life. She recently stated, “He was a mischievous little boy, but saved at age eight and by the time he was 13 he was preaching on the street corner or wherever he could get an audience.”
SBC presidential candidates Ronnie Floyd and Frank Page could almost be twins when it comes to their theological outlook. Both are conservatives, both are long-term participants in denominational life, and both are evangelistic.
A federal appeals court May 25 rejected a lower court ruling on the constitutionality of evolution disclaimers in the form of stickers in 35,000 textbooks in a Cobb County school district, vacating the decision based on insufficient evidence.
All correspondence regarding the Index and other Georgia Baptist Convention departments should be sent to the new address at 6405 Sugarloaf Parkway; Duluth, GA 30097-4092. Churches communicating with the ministry center should update their mailing list immediately to assure timely receipt of correspondence. Phone numbers have remained the same at the new location.
Ten Southern Seminary students with Georgia connections became the first recipients of the Master of Arts in Missiology degree at the school’s commencement held May 19. The program is the first of its kind for ethnic and bilingual students for Southern Baptists.
My first Southern Baptist Convention was the Houston Convention of 1968. I have attended most of them since then. To the best of my recollection I have missed three Conventions in 38 years. Those years when I was not present were due to pastoral or family-related deaths.
Content to preach the Word By James L. Smyrl, PhD (Cand.); Former Pastor, Sunset Ave. Baptist, Rocky Mount, N.C. Published June 8, 2006
As a 35-year-old Southern Baptist, I would not consider myself an “emerging convention leader,” I am simply one person who is where God has called and doing what God has directed.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published June 8, 2006
Since 1925, Southern Baptists have been devoted to the Cooperative Program as the way we do missions and support the various ministries of our convention. Prior to 1925, Southern Baptists practiced societal missions where each entity head and each missionary was responsible for raising his own support.
I have some reservations about Ben Brammer’s column “Emerging Leaders or Submerging Servants?” While I agree that some Younger Leaders are going to be overzealous, I don’t think that warrants a column. Why don’t we confront and coach young men who are crossing the line individually? To write a column about it tends to widen the gap between those on both sides of the leadership transition.
Truett-McConnell College is requesting your assistance to help us be good stewards of our financial resources and to provide quality facilities for our students. Please prayerfully consider bringing a volunteer group from your church for a work project this summer.
I, like Mike Stone, whose commentary appeared in the Index Forum May 25, was very happy to learn that Dr. Ronnie Floyd was going to be nominated for the presidency of our Southern Baptist Convention this year. I have for many years appreciated his stand on God’s word and his service to our Convention. I understand he has a great church and he is probably a wonderful pastor and leader.