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SBC messengers 'getting younger,' Dallas report showsDALLAS (BP) -- Nearly twice as many messengers attended the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting when compared to the previous year, fueled by a strong Southern Baptist presence in Texas, the SBC Executive Committee has announced.
The latest registration report also showed increases in first-time attendees and those in the 18- to 39-year-old range.
Messengers in Dallas totaled 9,632, SBC registration secretary Don ... Read More
FIRST-PERSON: No longer asking, 'Who cares?'
Nate Adams recounts the change in his attitude about the SBC annual meeting from "Who cares?" years ago to "Who decides?" the direction of the convention's entities in the cause of Christ, their doctrinal positions and leadership. Read More
Women & Work seeks to broaden Kingdom productivityBRANDON, Miss. (BP) -- Women & Work, a ministry launched this year with a panel at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, seeks to fill a void in Baptist life for women who want to contribute to the Kingdom by working in ministry, working from home or working in the secular world.
Courtney L. Moore, the ministry's founder, is a stay-at-home mother of three and pastor's wife in Brandon, Miss., and she explained that her personal journey is part of what led her to start Women & Work. She felt called to ministry in high school but didn't know many women in full-time ministry. Read More
Hispanic churches go outside the box for evangelismALBUQUERQUE (BP) -- Twenty-four Hispanic Baptist churches embraced the 2018 Simultaneous Revivals campaign organized by Baptist Convention of New Mexico Hispanic ministry strategist Ricardo Rivera.
A key goal this year, Rivera told the Baptist New Mexican newsjournal, was to motivate churches to think outside the box about evangelism within their communities and to inspire them to do something beyond traditional preaching revivals. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Unchanged amid transition
The Southern Baptist Convention is in transition, Randy Davis writes, but there is no change in the SBC as a network of "Gospel-preaching churches committed to pursuing the spiritually lost and fulfilling the Great Commission." Read More
SBC LIFE launches 'web-first' designNASHVILLE (BP) -- SBC LIFE has transitioned to a "web-first publication," the journal of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee reported in its summer 2018 edition.
SBC LIFE -- online at sbclife.net -- had been a print-first publication throughout its 26-year history, succeeding the Executive Committee's former Baptist Program magazine.
SBC LIFE's purpose of "Encouraging Cooperation ... for a Great Commission Advance!" remains unchanged. The journal publishes stories about churches working in cooperation with other churches, associations, state conventions, numerous ethnic minority fellowships that cooperate with the SBC, and Southern Baptist Convention entities. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Humility & hope for the SBC
"The grace of God is overwhelming and overflowing," J.D. Greear, the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention, writes, "but we must never take it for granted." Read More
Kelley: 'Fuel the Fire' to spark baptism conversationNEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Baptisms in the Southern Baptist Convention have been in decline for 16 years. To change that, Chuck Kelley hopes to start a conversation.
"The Southern Baptist Convention is facing the greatest evangelism crisis in its history, with an unprecedented gap between the number of churches and the number of baptisms those churches record," said Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
A new book by Kelley, "Fuel the Fire: Lessons from the History of Southern Baptist Evangelism," published by B&H Academic, examines the causes behind the longest running decline in baptisms in SBC history and what can be done to reverse it. Read More
Greear confronts SBC challenges in NPR interviewNASHVILLE (BP) -- Newly elected Southern Baptist Convention president J.D. Greear addressed topics ranging from the #MeToo crisis to politics and evangelicals in a recent interview with NPR, one of his first since taking the role.
In a June 25 interview with Rachel Martin of NPR's Morning Edition, Greear said that even though evangelical Christians may appear to have a "restless conscience right now," that restlessness has the potential to usher in healthy self-evaluation and repentance. Read More
Connect 316 prays for unity, clarity in SBCDALLAS (BP) -- On the eve of this year's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, Connect 316 -- an organization advocating a "traditionalist" view of salvation -- convened for a prayer meeting in lieu of its annual celebration.
"We heard" outgoing SBC President Steve Gaines' call to prayer, Connect 316 executive board member Tim Barnette told the June 11 gathering at the Dallas Omni. "So we wanted to join him in that and support that because we believe, like Jerry Falwell Sr. used to say, that nothing of eternal consequence takes place apart from concerted prayer. We believe what James says, that the prayer of the righteous is intensely powerful." Read More