Accrediting agency head stepping down

Daniel O. Aleshire has announced his decision to retire as executive director of the Association of Theological Schools no later than June 30, 2017. From BNG

Hong Kong church enables BWA to launch evangelism award

Hong Kong church enables BWA to launch evangelism award

The Baptist World Alliance launched a major evangelism award, made possible by Kowloon International Baptist Church in Hong Kong.

God ranks high in New Year’s resolutions

God ranks high in New Year’s resolutions

In January, Americans resolve to cut the carbs, hit the gym—and get right with God.

Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Baugh Foundation benefits CBF; S.C. Baptists benefit IMB

Baugh Foundation gift benefits CBF ministries. The Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation granted $1 million to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to support its ministries to nurture young Baptists, help form healthy congregations and sustain long-term field personnel presence in global missions. The gift supports the long-term presence of field personnel ministering in 30 countries and will make an impact on the poorest counties in the United States through CBF’s rural poverty initiative, Together for Hope. It will fund ministries to nurture young Baptists, including theological education and practical ministry experience through Student.Go and Student.Church. The gift also will support an intentional congregational renewal process, advocacy work and a church-starting initiative. CBF also plans to use the grant to develop and deliver financial literacy programs for congregations and pastoral leaders.

South Carolina Baptists tap reserves to send gift to IMB. The South Carolina Baptist Convention has pledged to send a $1 million year-end gift to the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention at a time when the missions entity has announced a reduction in its worldwide force due to budget shortfalls. The IMB announced this year it would need to reduce its total number of missionaries and staff by 600 to 800 due to expenditures that exceeded revenues by $210 million over the past six years. Although the South Carolina Baptist Convention did not meet its budget in 2013 and 2014, the convention’s Executive Board pulled $550,000 from the state’s fund balance—after agreeing to send $450,000 from the budget—to provide the $1 million gift to IMB. “This extremely generous gift will go a long way in helping the IMB get to a healthy financial place in the present so that we can move forward into a future marked by more missionaries sent, more disciples made, and more churches planted among unreached peoples than ever before,” IMB President David Platt said. “I praise God for the generosity of South Carolina Baptists and trust God will use these resources for gospel advance to the ends of the earth.”

Know Your Neighbor

BJC joins call for every American to ‘Know Your Neighbor’

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty joined 14 other nonprofit organizations in launching a project designed to encourage dialogue among Americans of all faiths.

Baptist Briefs: Pennington-Russell named pastor of Washington church

Baptist Briefs: Pennington-Russell to Washington church

Members of First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., voted to call Julie Pennington-Russell as senior pastor.

Jimmy Carter announces he is cancer free

Jimmy Carter announces he is cancer-free

Former President Jimmy Carter announced he is cancer-free, four months after revealing cancer removed from his liver had spread to four spots on his brain.

Baptists condemn Trump's call for ban

Baptists condemn Trump’s call for ban on Muslims entering U.S.

Baptists leaders of varied stripes joined in denouncing presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas: Siblings find forever family

Stephanie and Sam Patterson’s long and emotional quest to become parents finally was realized one year ago when they adopted four siblings through foster care.


IMB notes ways to support returning missionaries

With the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board expecting hundreds of missionaries to leave their positions in the coming months, the board has published a list of ways individuals and churches can support field personnel returning to the United States.

Baptist Briefs: Prison church joins Baptist association

Baptist Briefs: Prison church joins Baptist association

A Louisiana Baptist association of churches now counts among its members Grace Baptist Church of the Main Camp in Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.


Abortion study finds gap between SBC official position and pew

One-third of Protestant women who have had an abortion are Baptist—more than Lutherans, Methodists and Presbyterians combined, according to new statistics on abortion and church attendance collected by LifeWay Research.

Southern Baptist missionaries facing early retirement vow to continue evangelism

Missionaries facing early retirement vow to continue evangelism

Tim and Charlotte Cearley, longtime SBC missionaries in Africa, plan to continue their ministry efforts in the United States after taking a voluntary retirement offer from the International Missions Board, part of a budget cut of 600 to 800 missionaries and staffers.

Baptist Briefs: LifeWay reconsiders building site

Baptist Briefs: LifeWay reconsiders building site

LifeWay Christian Resources has backed out of plans to build a new headquarters on 1.5 acres of downtown riverfront property.

Rural churches struggle as resources flow to urban churches

Rural churches struggle as resources flow to urban churches

Experts say small, rural congregations are at a disadvantage attracting members and ministers and that denominations must be intentional in assisting them.

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