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Churches unhappy with pastors should look in the mirror, consultants say

Churches unhappy with pastors should look in the mirror, consultants say

Often, those complaints about poorly trained ministers result from toxic churches where few pastors could succeed, experts say.

WMU Missions Celebration spotlights surrender, sacrifice and service

WMU celebration spotlights surrender, sacrifice and service

Participants at the Woman’s Missionary Union Missions Celebration and annual meeting elected a new president, heard stories of surrender and sacrificial service from missionaries and even had the chance to kiss a llama.

SBC Executive Committee affirms racial diversity report

SBC Executive Committee affirms racial diversity report

The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee affirmed a report reporting that racial diversity has measurably increased in the SBC in the past 20 years, but more progress needs to be made in ethnic participation.

SBC ousts Alabama church over pastor’s beliefs about homosexuality

SBC ousts Alabama church over pastor’s stand on homosexuality

The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has voted to oust Weatherly Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala., under a bylaw barring from membership churches “which act to affirm, approve, or endorse homosexual behavior.”

CBF governing board hears updates on organizational infrastructure

CBF governing board hears updates on infrastructure

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship cannot be the organization its supporters envision unless its infrastructure catches up with their dreams, Executive Coordinator Suzii Paynter told the group’s governing board at a June 16 meeting prior to the CBF general assembly.

SBC asks Supreme Court to rule against gay marriage

SBC asks Supreme Court to rule against gay marriage

The Southern Baptist Convention called on the U.S. Supreme Court to leave it up to the states to decide whether or not to permit gay marriage in a resolution adopted at the SBC annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

Baptist Briefs: Moore joins board of Hispanic evangelical group

Southern Baptist Convention leader Russell Moore has been added to the organizational board of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference.

Tony Campolo calls for full acceptance of same-sex couples

Tony Campolo calls for full acceptance of same-sex couples

Tony Campolo, a leader of the evangelical left who for years has disagreed publicly with his wife about homosexuality, announced he now supports the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the church.

Saddleback Church pledges $71 million over three years

Saddleback Church pledges $71 million over three years

Members of Saddleback Church have pledged to give $71 million over the next three years in the most ambitious fund-raising campaign in the Southern Baptist megachurch’s 35-year history.

SBC reports more churches serving fewer people

SBC reports more churches serving fewer people

Southern Baptists are adding more churches but serving fewer members who are giving fewer dollars, 2014 data compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources shows.

Baptist Briefs: Campaign launched to provide Bibles for China

Baptist Briefs: Campaign launched to provide Bibles for China

A new partnership involving LifeWay Christian Stores and Tyndale House Publishers allows individuals and churches to purchase Bibles for people in China.

Baptist Briefs: Horne resigns as president at Ouachita Baptist University

Baptist Briefs: Horne resigns at Ouachita Baptist University

Rex Horne, President Bill Clinton’s former pastor, is stepping down after nine years as president of Ouachita Baptist University.

IMB streamlines missionary appointment, drops ban on ‘private prayer language’

IMB streamlines missionary appointment, drops ban on ‘private prayer language’

New guidelines for the International Mission Board’s missionary appointment require adherence to the Baptist Faith and Message.

Baptists losing their market share, Pew study shows

Baptists losing their market share, Pew study shows

When Americans switch religions, a new study says, they are twice as likely to leave a Baptist church as to join one. 

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Southern Baptist military chaplains may plant churches overseas

Citing threats to religious liberty, the North American Mission Board wants to be ready in the event that large numbers of military chaplains resign their jobs as a matter of conscience.

 
 
 
 
 
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