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  • FIRST-PERSON: Life of a pastor

    by Paul Kim, posted Wednesday, October 31, 2018 (one month ago)

    God's call to a pastor, Paul Kim writes, entails "a lifetime of taking up your cross and many times getting on your knees in desperate prayer." Even so, he writes, it is "a great honor and privilege" to be a servant and a shepherd for God's people. Read More

  • SBC 2019 Pastors' Conf. names speakers, theme

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 25, 2018 (one month ago)

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- The 2019 Pastors' Conference has announced eight of the speakers for its Birmingham meeting June 9-10 in advance of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, with other names expected soon.

    "Kingdom Character" is the conference's theme to offer insight from the Beatitudes to help pastors and church members live faithfully in "today's news cycle and current events," according to sbcpc.net.

    "The Beatitudes will be a needed reminder to all of us about the character of ... Read More

  • Small church, bivocational group offers free education

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, August 27, 2018 (3 months ago)

    Submitted photo.
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As Joe Wright Jr. and his wife Pennie worshiped with a Southern Baptist congregation of 12 members in the Tennessee Delta just a few weeks ago, the pastor's participation was noticeable.

    "We sat there and watched the pastor open his hymnbook and without a piano, he led those 12 people in about three songs," said Wright, in his fourth month as executive director of the Bivocational & Small Church Leadership Network (BSCLN). '"When he was done, he shut the hymnbook, and he said let's pray. And he prayed, and he said, 'It's time for the preaching.' And he opened the Bible, ... Read More

  • #MeToo confronts small churches, bivocational pastors

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 25, 2018 (4 months ago)

    Photo by Matt Miller
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Amid the #MeToo movement, conferences and seminaries have heightened their focus on training pastors to prevent and report sexual abuse.

    But associational leader Sean McMahon worries those training efforts are leaving out a sizable group of pastors: small church and bivocational "heroes" who "work 55-60 hours a week in their normal job," serve 20 hours with the church and "never take a Sunday off."

    "Most bivocational pastors don't get to go to conferences," said McMahon, executive director of the Florida Baptist Association in Tallahassee. "Most bivocational pastors never set foot on a seminary campus.... To be able to get some real training in their hands" on abuse prevention and reporting "is huge." Read More

  • Hispanic Alliance welcomes J.D. Greear, new SBC pres.

    by Keila Diaz, posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Marc Ira Hooks
    DALLAS (BP) -- More than 100 pastors and their wives attended the Hispanic Baptist Pastors' Alliance Tuesday (June 12), welcoming new SBC President J.D. Greear during a morning of worship, fellowship and a call to go beyond the church walls.

    Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in North Carolina, kicked off the meeting telling pastors about several areas he sees as important to unity and proclamation of the Gospel.

    First, Greear said, the Gospel must be what the churches unite around. Next, people of other cultures within the SBC need to be elevated to positions of leadership. As a convention there needs to be a re-focus on evangelism and a renewed commitment to planting churches at home and around the world, something he thinks Hispanics are key to as they are able to go places Anglos can't. His final point was an encouragement to mobilize the college-aged and next generations in their strategic places. Read More

  • Pastors' wives speakers address ministry challenges

    by Shannon Baker, posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray
    DALLAS (BP) -- Amid growing awareness of difficulties women often face in ministry, speakers at the 2018 Pastors' Wives Conference reminded the audience they are God's "beloved" amid ministry that can be both "brutal and beautiful."

    Lisa Harper

    Calling this week a "momentous convention," Lisa Harper urged ministers' wives to "stand, even when expected to sit, with strong conviction and soft hearts."

    "Misogyny or not, we all have to go back to what it means to be beloved," said Harper, a popular speaker and author of "The Sacrament of Happy" and "Job: An Unlikely Story of Joy." Harper is also mom to Missy, whom she adopted from Haiti in 2014. Read More

  • Pastors' Conf. encourages, inspires, elects Danny Wood president

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, June 12, 2018 (6 months ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- With the theme "Fulfill Your Ministry," the Southern Baptist Convention's Pastors' Conference speakers sought to encourage and inspire pastors with their messages on Monday (June 11) -- the second day of the event.

    Pastors also elected Danny Wood, senior pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., as president of the conference during the Monday afternoon session, held in conjunction with the SBC's annual meeting in Dallas June 12-13.

    Speakers addressed the conference as follows: Read More

  • Pastors' Conf. sounds call to 'Fulfill Your Ministry'

    by Staff, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (6 months ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray
    DALLAS (BP) -- A diverse slate of speakers exhorted fellow pastors and church leaders to be faithful to their calling during the first two sessions of 2018 Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference June 10-11 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

    Centered on the theme "Fulfill Your Ministry" drawn from 2 Timothy 4:5, attendees were challenged to finish strong in their calling to local church ministry. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Calling out the called

    by Hance Dilbeck, posted Thursday, May 17, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Churches need a fresh resolve to call out men to be pastors, Hance Dilbeck writes. "We need more people-loving, Bible-preaching, holy-living, soul-winning pastors. ... Let's challenge people to listen, to imagine the possibility of God's call, to embrace the blessing of a life spent building up the church and advancing the Gospel." Read More