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.

NAMB casts 2020 evangelistic vision

North American Mission Board leaders announced to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting their 2020 vision: a complete gospel sweep of North America during the next 12 years.

Speakers issue call for revival at Pastors Conference

A host of speakers in rain-drenched Indianapolis called for God to “rain down” revival upon America during the 2008 Pastor’s Conference, held prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

SBC refers motions to rejoin BWA, disaffiliate churches with women pastors

The Southern Baptist Convention will consider rejoining the Baptist World Alliance, removing churches that hire women pastors and restricting agency heads from serving as SBC president.

Hunt elected on first ballot; tie-breaker needed for other race

Atlanta-area megachurch pastor Johnny Hunt topped a six-candidate field to win the Southern Baptist Convention presidency. But the initial vote for one of the vice presidential spots resulted in a tie.

SBC must evaluate priorities in ‘death check’

Just as people facing death evaluate their priorities for what remains of life, it’s time for the Southern Baptist Convention to do its own “death check” and become better stewards of “the mysteries” with which they are entrusted, North Carolina pastor Al Gilbert said in the 2008 SBC annual sermon.

WMU celebrates missions at home and abroad

Missionaries serving locations ranging from Yellowstone National Park to the Philippines and Mozambique challenged participants at the 2008 Woman’s Missionary Union missions celebration to join them in sharing Christ’s love with their communities and around the world.

Crossover participants persevere in spite of downpour

Indiana Baptists and hundreds of out-of-state volunteers persevered following torrential rains June 7 to share the gospel and host block parties around Indianapolis as part of the Crossover evangelistic emphasis held prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

Recognize warning signs, Page urges Southern Baptists

“Recognize the signs,” outgoing Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page challenged messengers during his address to the SBC annual meeting in Indianapolis June 10.

Colts coach makes unexpected appearance at Pastors Conference

Tony Dungy, coach of the Indianapolis Colts, made a surprise appearance at the Monday afternoon session of the 2008 Southern Baptist Pastors Conference.
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