When Jeffrey Locke travels six hours to the Georgia Baptist Convention annual meeting next week, he is hoping to return to his Faceville congregation with more than just good memories of friends and a few good meals under his belt. With pen in hand he will be busy getting sermon ideas for messages he can preach later in the year.
Craig and Suzy Miles’ mission field is located amongst the pines and hardwoods of the Appalachian Mountains. They share it with hikers, the occasional black bear, snakes, and other creepy-crawly things better left alone.
Georgia Baptists will gather in the Arena at Gwinnett Center Nov. 13-14 for the 185th annual session of the state convention. Under the theme “Back to the Basics,” messengers will cast the second and final vote on the dissolution of the relationship with Mercer University, worship and focus on the need to reach Georgia for Christ, and formally dedicate the new state convention headquarters across the street from where sessions will be held.
“It’s always been hard with long hours and hard work,” says George Faile, who has been a physician at the hospital for 17 years. “(But) this is the first time in a couple years that I’ve wondered if maybe God had something else for me.”
Georgia students and others from nine states and one foreign country have embarked on a journey called IMPACT 360 that not only will prepare them for college, but also will equip them to develop a biblical worldview.
Today’s children are tomorrow’s missionaries and missions leaders in Southern Baptist churches, so Woman’s Missionary Union is taking children’s missions education to the next level, describing their new materials as “relevant, redesigned and ready-to-use.”
Kaye Miller of Little Rock, Ark., and Kathy Hillman of Waco, Texas, were elected to serve another year as national officers of Woman’s Missionary Union Sept. 29 at LifeWay Ridgecrest Conference Center in North Carolina.
The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering has helped support missionaries since 1888 in taking the gospel around the world. The 2006 goal is $150 million, with 100 percent of Southern Baptists’ gifts undergirding more than 5,100 missionaries working in almost every nation.
As the Canadian Convention of Southern Baptists seeks new directions, the convention also is considering a name change. Messengers at its annual meeting July 4-5 were nearly unanimous in mandating that the CCSB national leadership board to recommend a new name to be voted on at next year’s annual meeting.
Trustees of Southwestern Seminary delayed the transfer of $90 million away from the Baptist Foundation of Texas to the seminary’s own foundation during their semiannual meeting Oct. 16-17 after questions surfaced about the investment strategy of the company that would manage the money.
Southern Seminary’s School of Leadership and Church Ministry will alter its approach to equipping students for local church ministry by giving more attention to the family, new dean Randy Stinson told seminary trustees Oct. 10.
At the invitation of Russian-speaking German Baptists, Morris H. Chapman, president of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention; Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Seminary; and Craig Blaising, Southwestern’s provost and executive vice president, attended the annual Bibelseminar Bonn Conference on evangelism and missions.
The office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees says Assyrian Christians, who made up 5 percent of Iraq’s total population before the U.S. invasion in 2003, now comprise “upwards of 40 percent of (Iraqi) refugees,” most fleeing to Jordan and Syria.
It was long after dark on a street corner in Venezuela. Chuck Chambers, pastor of Woolsey Church in Fayetteville, looked at the missionary he was with and asked, “What does the Cooperative Program mean to you?”
According to Baptist Press one of the crown jewels among Southern Baptist churches, Bellevue Baptist Church in the Memphis, Tenn. area, is embroiled in a controversy. For me, it was surprising, even disappointing to see Baptist Press take virtually the same course as the secular press in exposing the internal struggles of a local church. However, without getting into the details of the dispute, there are some who think Pastor Steve Gaines should resign.
Baptists are a peculiar people. We insist that one make a profession of faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We insist that they be baptized before they can join our church. And, yet, some of us insist upon nothing else once they’re members.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published November 9, 2006
I love the church. I always have. That’s why I get very excited when Georgia Baptists plant a new church. As you come to the convention this year, you will learn that Georgia Baptists added about 60 new churches last year. New churches infuse fresh enthusiasm and life into our Convention. New churches are aggressive in giving, soul-winning, and church growth.