International Mission Board trustees have adopted revised guidelines on baptism and the practice of tongues and private prayer languages among prospective missionaries. The revisions, both of which are now termed “guidelines,” retain much of their original wording.
For the first time since 1954, a Southern Baptist has been nominated to lead the U.S. Army’s chaplains. The Army’s public affairs office announced May 10 that Chaplain Brigadier General Douglas Carver has been appointed to the grade of Major General for assignment as Chief of Chaplains.
With some news stories seemingly tying him to the so-called public school “exit strategy,” Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page issued a statement May 9 saying he “strongly supports” Christian families involved in public school education but also is “deeply concerned” for parents who cannot afford to choose alternatives to public education.
In his first official appearance as the North American Mission Board’s new president, Geoff Hammond told trustees he believes the board stands at an historic moment and that “God has shown favor on us.”
In addition to adhering to the definition of a local church as given in Scripture and in the 2000 edition of the Baptist Faith and Message, the IMB observes the following guidelines in church planting, leadership training, and statistical reporting.
In his book, Church Planting Movements: How God is Redeeming a Lost World, David Garrison, the International Mission Board’s Regional Leader for South Asia, tells how the first- century explosion of Christianity has been reborn in the 21st century.
Police officers “have stresses on them that civilians can’t fathom,” a police chaplain told 80 officers, spouses, and guests from 15 states attending a Western Law Enforcement Summit at LifeWay Glorieta Conference Center near Santa Fe, N.M.
Brewton-Parker College has received a $50,000 unrestricted contribution from a prominent Atlanta philanthropy, the John & Mary Franklin Foundation, Inc., announced Pamela Davis, BPC vice president for college advancement.
A few days before her death on Oct. 11, 1998, International Mission Board missionary Deborah W. McCord spent time in prayer with personnel who were preparing for overseas service, encouraging them with words of experience and love for missions.
Keeping with its 10-year pattern, Vacation Bible School continues to have the greatest evangelistic impact in the Southern Baptist Convention, with 26 percent of baptisms in SBC churches a direct result of VBS.
This year’s 50th anniversary of Korean Southern Baptist work in the United States holds special significance to Golden Gate Seminary: Every Korean Southern Baptist church in the San Francisco Bay Area has or has had a Golden Gate graduate as a pastor.
I love most everything inherently southern. Whether it is sweet tea, my Grandmother’s yeast rolls, a Southeast Conference football rivalry, wading across a creek, or a Saturday night gospel singing. Mention one of those things and you automatically have my attention.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published May 24, 2007
Janice and I recently returned from a mission trip to Russia. We traveled with the Sons of Jubal, our Georgia Baptist singing men. There were one hundred in the chorus and brass ensemble and they were absolutely incredible. I want to thank our pastors who not only allowed, but also encouraged, their ministers of music to make the trip. We will not know this side of heaven the amount of good that was done for the Kingdom of God, but I am confident that it was significant.