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Baptist Briefs: IMB dips into contingency funds

International Mission Board Treasurer David Steverson told trustees of the agency the mission board faces a budget shortfall “crisis.”
       

Jailed Cuban Baptists accused of illegal economic activity

Cuban authorities say two Baptist leaders held in jail for 11 days in a city on the eastern end of the island are accused of illegal economic activities. They reportedly were delivering financial aid to churches.
       

Cuban Baptist leaders in custody; charges unclear

Two Cuban Baptist leaders arrested Oct. 3 in the city of Santiago de Cuba remain in jail, reportedly without formal charge and with few details of why they are being held.
       

Former 'Baptist Hour' preacher Charles Wellborn dies

Former "Baptist Hour" radio preacher and Baylor University professor Charles Wellborn died Oct. 1 at his home in Georgetown, Ky.
       

Study says SBC funding plan inadequate to achieve stated goals

The Southern Baptist Convention has identified a missionary-sending goal big enough to accomplish the nearly 2,000-year-old task of the Great Commission -- but lacks a clear fund-raising plan for meeting it, according to an upcoming annual report on Christian stewardship.
       

Maggie Lee for Good honors memory of girl killed in bus crash

The parents of a girl who died this summer from injuries received in a church-bus wreck are asking 13,000 people to keep her memory alive by doing something good on Oct. 29 -- which would have been her 13th birthday.
       

Nilson Fanini, former BWA president, dies at 77

Nilson Fanini, Brazilian pastor and evangelist who served as president of the Baptist World Alliance from 1995 to 2000, died Sept. 19. He was 77.

       

Morris Chapman planning to retire

Morris Chapman, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, announced plans Sept. 21 to retire at the end of September 2010.
       

Baptist has low expectations for White House faith-based panel

Former Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page said he doesn’t expect much to result from the work of advisers to the White House’s office dealing with faith-based and community groups.
       

Lyons loses bid to lead National Baptists again

An Alabama pastor was elected president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, overwhelmingly defeating Henry J. Lyons, the denomination’s former leader who was sent to prison for fraud.
       

Open mission positions may be ‘God moment,’ says SBC task force chair

ROGERS, Ark. -- Impending vacancies in the top leadership positions of the Southern Baptist Convention’s two mission boards offer unique opportunities for the denomination as it considers new ways to engage its mission enterprise, says the chair of a task force examining how the SBC should most effectively structure its missionary and funding mechanisms.

       

UPDATED: IMB president to retire next summer

UPDATED: Jerry Rankin, who has served 17 years as president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board, has announced plans to retire July 31, 2010.
       

Cecil Sherman receives ABP’s religious freedom award

Cecil Sherman, a pivotal figure in moderate Baptist life for the past half century, was recognized Sept. 10 for his fierce commitment to religious freedom as Associated Baptist Press presented him one of its top awards before a room filled with his family, friends and colleagues.
       

Baptist Briefs: National WMU event slated

“Fulfilled” is the name and the theme of a national Woman’s Missionary Union weekend event Oct. 8-10 at First Baptist Church in Kissimmee, Fla.
       

Black Baptist group elects new leader

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (ABP) -- A New Jersey pastor who formerly worked for American Baptist Churches USA has been chosen to lead one of America's largest black Baptist denominations.
       
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