|Gage crusade draws big crowds in Kentucky. Evangelist Rick Gage preached to crowds of more than 10,000 during a four-night "Share Jesus Celebration" in London, Ky. More than 500 spiritual decisions were recorded, including 220 first-time professions of faith.|
CBF launches ministerial sabbatical program. Applications are being accepted for a pilot program for ministerial sabbaticals offered through the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. With a $1.9 million grant from the Lilly Endowment, the CBF will provide a limited number of stipends for pastors to take sabbatical study leaves from their churches. To qualify, pastors must have been in their current ministry setting at least seven years. Applications must be returned by Jan. 15. For more information, contact Terry Hamrick at (770) 220-1600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patterson inauguration planned. Paige Patterson will be inaugurated as the eighth president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary at Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth Oct. 21. The ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m.
FamilyNet adds show. FamilyNet, a broadcast ministry of the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board, has added a new health-care program titled "Healthy, Wealthy and Wise with Frank Jordan." Jordan is a recognized expert on the immune system and related health problems, an instructor in health issues and a scientific researcher. The program will air weekdays at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday at 2 a.m.
ERLC honors Land. Trustees of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission surprised President Richard Land on the 15th anniversary of his hiring by selecting him to receive the commission's 2003 Distinguished Service Award and renaming the award for him.