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Various groups to gather at SBC


NEW ORLEANS — Several organizations affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention will hold meetings in conjunction with the event.

Associational leaders ‘Igniting Passion’

The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Directors of Missions will meet June 17-18 in Leavell Chapel at New Orleans Seminary.

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Georgia-based evangelist Keith Fordham, a member of Harp's Crossing Baptist Church in Fayetteville, will be one of the speakers addressing fellow members of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists during the SBC meeting in New Orleans.

The conference is open to all associational leaders. Registration and more details are available at

SBCADOM Sid Hopkins, executive DOM for Gwinnett Metro Baptist Association, and Fred Luter, senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, will join others in addressing the crowd.


Fordham to preach at evangelists’ gathering

The Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists will host a June 17 worship service in advance of the SBC annual meeting.

COSBE former presidents Keith Fordham of Fayetteville and Braxton Hunter of Evansville, IN, along with evangelist Eric Ramsey of Mountainburg, AR, will preach during the 9:30 a.m.-noon service in the Napoleon Room of the New Orleans Hilton Riverside, Two Poydras St.

COSBE will announce at the worship service its latest Hall of Faith inductees, who will join Billy Graham, Mordecai Ham and 33 others honored as stalwarts of the faith and the cause.


Black network theme: ‘The Father’s Business’

The Black Southern Baptist Denominational Servants Network will focus on “The Father’s Business” and issue its annual awards June 17 at Suburban Baptist Church, 10501 Chef Menteur Hwy., with Jeffery Friend as host pastor.

Ken Weathersby, North American Mission Board presidential ambassador for ethnic church relations, will receive the Kennedy-Boyce Award, named for the pastors of the first two African American churches to join the SBC in 1953.


Chinese fellowship intent on planting churches

Church planting again will be the focus of the Chinese Baptist Fellowship of the U.S. and Canada during its June 18 meeting in New Orleans. 

The fellowship has planted 15 churches in the past year toward its goal of 800 churches by 2020, said Peter Leong, the group’s president. Chinese churches in the fellowship currently number 275.

“Church Planting: Past, Present and Future” will be the fellowship’s theme, drawn from John 4:30-38, for the noon-4 p.m. gathering at New Orleans Chinese Baptist Church, 3413 Continental Drive in Kenner, a New Orleans suburb.

Ted Lam, ambassador of the fellowship’s church planting project, Jeremy Sin, a church planting specialist with the North American Mission Board and Leong will be the fellowship’s featured speakers.


Filipinos to report on church planting

The Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America will meet Tuesday, June 19, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans.

The group, with about 220 affiliated churches in the United States, will gather for a luncheon and meeting from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Kenner, LA.

Ken Weathersby, presidential ambassador for ethnic church relations at the North American Mission Board, will be the guest speaker.

The Filipino Fellowship, which was founded 19 years ago and meets each year during the convention, recently established the Asian Multiplication Evangelical Network and divided the United States into nine regions.

To register for the meeting, email or call (610) 580-8635. The fellowship also has a Facebook page.


Korean Council to meet in Maryland

The Council of Korean Baptist Churches in America has announced that its 31st annual meeting will be June 18-20 in suburban Baltimore.

The guest speaker will be a South Korean pastor, Sun Ro Kim of Han Ma Eum Baptist Church where about 1,500 people participate in Sunday morning worship in the city of Chuncheon in the country’s Kangwon province.

About 40 Korean Southern Baptist churches are in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Members from those churches will provide meals for pastors, leaders and their families attending the sessions.

This year’s meeting will include the election of officers and the once-every-four-years election of the executive director. Chongoh Aum, executive director of the Korean Council, said he is willing to serve another term; no other candidates have announced.

“We want to go to New Orleans, to be with the SBC annual meeting,” Aum said, “but in New Orleans, only two Korean churches.” A sizable number of Korean churches is needed with enough members to prepare the quantity of Korean food needed for the gathering.

“Next year we will be in Houston,” Aum said, referring to the host city of 2013’s annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.


Messianics to discuss congregation planting

The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship will meet June 15-16 in New Orleans to focus on discipleship and congregation planting and to gain encouragement for the task of reaching Jews with the Gospel.

The fellowship’s annual meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, with praise and worship and a teaching session at First Baptist Church in Kenner, LA, at 1400 Williams Boulevard.

For planning purposes, the Messianic fellowship’s leaders would like to know in advance who will attend their annual meeting. Those who plan to attend may email


NAAF hopeful in historic SBC election

Attendance at the National African American Fellowship’s annual meeting will break records as the Southern Baptist Convention seems poised to elect its first black president, NAAF President James Dixon Jr. predicts.

Up to 1,000 messengers may be in attendance for NAAF’s various sessions June 16-20. said Dixon, senior pastor of El-Bethel Baptist Church in Fort Washington, MD.

Dixon’s optimism stems from the nomination of Fred Luter of New Orleans for SBC president.

Luter’s anticipated election would be a healthy moment for the SBC, Dixon said, helping dispel a myth that the SBC is not ethnically inclusive in leadership. Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, has accepted Dixon’s invitation to preach at NAAF’s annual banquet June 19 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in rooms 220-221 of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Dixon will forgo the customary final presidential address in view of Luter’s sermon.


Native Americans name executive director

The Fellowship of Native American Christians will install Gary Hawkins as FoNAC’s first-ever executive director June 18 meeting in New Orleans as a step toward a greater national presence.

Hawkins, a church planting associate at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, will begin working full-time in January 2013 and will raise funds on the national mission field to support the position.

In the past year, the fellowship of some 450 congregations has added two churches.

During the June 18 business meeting Emerson Falls, the group’s president, will ask fellowship churches to give FoNAC 1 percent above their Cooperative Program gifts to fund the new central office, to be based in Tulsa, OK.