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Hunt elected SBC president on first ballot

Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Ga., won the Southern Baptist Convention presidential election on the first ballot June 9 in Indianapolis.
       

IMB supporters release statement opposing missionary guidelines

A group of current and former missionaries, former mission-board trustees and pastors is calling for the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board to reverse controversial guidelines for missionaries enacted in 2005.
       

Storms don't dampen Crossover spirit

Mark Kennedy, a member of Greater Love Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis, shares his testimony during Crossover'08, the neighborhood outreach effort that preceded the SBC annual meeting.
       

Pastors urged to pray, get own houses in order

Tom ElliffSpeakers during the opening session of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference at the Indianapolis Convention Center urged pastors to renew their commitment to prayer and get their own spiritual lives in order.
       

Six Texans inducted into Evangelists Hall of Faith

Six Texas Baptists garnered spots among 30 heroes of the faith honored June 6 as the inaugural class of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists Hall of Faith.
       

God uses broken vessels, pastors are assured

Johnny Hunt, newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention, answers questions from the media. He spoke earlier at the Pastors' Conference. (BP Photo by Matt Miller)
       

Baptist Briefs: Another candidate joins SBC 2nd VP race

Doug Mulkey, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Canton, Ga., will be nominated for second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
       

Katrina-ravaged church receives Extreme Makeover

On Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's 2008 finale, Noah’s Ark Missionary Baptist Church in New Orleans was rebuilt-- the first church building to receive the program's attention.
       

Baptist Briefs

Southern Baptist pastors report their members still are giving in spite of the financial pressures many face.
       

Abundant field of SBC candidates may signal relaxed political reins

For the first time in almost three decades, six men will be nominated for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention, to be held June 10-11 in Indianapolis.
       

Half of SBC churches could die before 2030, president predicts

The Southern Baptist Convention is dying rapidly, and resistance to change could kill more than half the denomination’s churches by 2030, SBC President Frank Page said.
       

Speakers tell British Baptists: fight global warming, poverty

British Baptists heard warnings against over-consumption and further degradation of the environment during their annual meeting in Blackpool, Lancashire.
       

IMB leader resigns over baptism and tongues policies

Rodney Hammer, the Southern Baptist International Mission Board’s regional leader for Central and Eastern Europe the past eight years, resigned after challenging policies of the board of trustees with which he is in disagreement.
       

Baptist Briefs

Texas Baptist volunteers honored for Scout activity; Baptists launch ministry for Caribbean immigrants; Georgia pastor to be SBC VP nominee.
       

Willis, Hunt jump in crowded field vying for SBC presidency

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (ABP)—A crowded field of hopefuls for the Southern Baptist Convention presidency appears to be developing, with two high-profile candidates set to join three already-announced nominees.
       
 
 
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