Civil-rights leader garners Whitsitt Courage Award

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (ABP) -- Fred Shuttlesworth, one of the last remaining lions of the Civil Rights Movement, received the Whitsitt Courage Award at a meeting of Baptist historians in Memphis, Tenn., June 19.

Texas Baptists challenged to care for the vulnerable and powerless

Texas Baptists must multiply their efforts to minister to “those the Bible singles out for special attention—widows, orphans and strangers,” Rick McClatchey challenged members of the Texas Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

CBF expands anti-poverty initiative, launches process to determine group’s future

An update on how the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is helping achieve the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals—a commitment the organization’s decision-making body made last fall—topped the agenda of the CBF’s annual general assembly June 19-20.

Women’s wrestling brings sporting equity to Missouri Baptist school

ST. LOUIS (ABP) -- This fall, Missouri Baptist University in suburban St. Louis will join a handful of other schools nationwide in offering a women’s wrestling program.

Mission projects precede CBF General Assembly in Memphis

Thirteen teens from Open House Ministries, a CBF partner ministry that serves a poor area of Miami-Dade County, arrived the day before the CBF assembly in Memphis, Tenn., so they could serve at the Memphis Food Bank.The group was among more than 60 people who arrived before the General Assembly to serve at Memphis-area ministry sites.

CBF General Assembly begins with historic commissioning service

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (ABP) -- The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship commissioned 18 people for global missions service June 18 in a history-making place -- a local church.

Alma Hunt, longtime Baptist missions advocate, dead at 98

Alma Hunt, one of Baptists’ best-known missions advocates, died June 14 in a Roanoke, Va., hospital. She was 98.

Seal introduced as WMU interim exec; board takes ‘steps’ toward healing

After the Woman’s Missionary Union of Texas board learned its executive committee had hired an intentional interim executive, the board then met behind closed doors to discuss unspecified personnel issues, and finally reopened the meeting for an emotional session some participants called “first steps toward healing” for the troubled organization.

Baptists break missions records, struggle to keep pace with ‘lostness’

When it comes to worldwide missions, Southern Baptists have shattered baptism, church-planting and giving records in the past decade, said International Mission Board president Jerry Rankin. But even with these increases, a “massive” lostness remains in the world, he said.

Baptists to have place to worship, baptize near historic Jordanian site

Baptist visitors to Jordan soon will have a place to worship near the historic spot traditionally viewed as the site of Jesus’ baptism.

SBC resolution could shrink church membership rolls

Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention turned back efforts to encourage Christians to remove their children from public schools and passed a resolution at their annual meeting in Indianapolis that could shrink church membership rolls significantly.

Tyler pastor Dykes receives top cooperation award

David Dykes, longtime pastor of Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas, received the Southern Baptist Convention’s highest award for cooperation during the SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis.

Citing local church autonomy, SBC Executive Committee says no to sex offender database

Recognizing Southern Baptists’ “belief in the autonomy of each local church,” Morris Chapman announced that the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee would not support the creation of a database of sexual offenders in SBC churches.

SBC elects first VP, refers motion on Fort Worth church

Kentucky pastor Bill Henard won the Southern Baptist Convention’s first vice presidency in a landslide June 10, and the messengers to the SBC annual meeting referred to the Executive Committee a motion to cut ties with Broadway Baptist Church of Fort Worth.

‘Radical change’ needed to stop decline in SBC, new president says

Newly elected Southern Baptist Convention President Johnny Hunt said “radical change” is needed to stop the decline in membership of the 16 million-member denomination.
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