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Approval signals Southern Baptist concern for ‘lostness,’ task force says

The Southern Baptist Convention overwhelmingly reaffirmed its intention to spread the gospel throughout the nation and around the world, members of the SBC’s Great Commission Resurgence task force told reporters.

Messengers embrace report, focus on Great Commission

The Southern Baptist Convention embraced a future uncertain but focused on the Great Commission when a solid majority of messengers adopted the report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force June 15.

Georgia church planter elected SBC president

Bryant WrightIn a surprise move, Southern Baptists said no to two well-known presidential candidates and elected a church planter from Marietta, Ga., to lead them in the coming year.

Executive Committee elects Page president in executive session

Frank PageThe Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention voted in executive session June 14 to elect former SBC President Frank Page as the organization’s next president and CEO, replacing Morris Chapman, who retires Sept. 30 after 18 years.

Black Baptists donate $500,000 to Habitat housing in Haiti

The presidents of five historically African-American Baptist denominations have presented a check for $500,000 to Habitat for Humanity International to help rebuild homes destroyed in Haiti by January's earthquake.

SBC exec opposes task force report

A top official in the Southern Baptist Convention used the denomination's news service to urge defeat of recommendations of a panel on denominational effectiveness to be presented to messengers at the convention's upcoming annual meeting.

Baptist Briefs

Colleen Burroughs, vice president of the Passport youth-camping ministry, will be nominated as moderator-elect of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

Baptist ethicist says oil spill a moral issue

A Baptist ethicist says the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a moral issue, although few Americans have framed the issue in moral terms.

Former pastor, NAMB member, indicted for fleecing flock

A former Southern Baptist pastor in Missouri has been indicted on charges of using his position to defraud church members into loaning him money that he did not repay.

'Idaho 10' member blames UNICEF for group's arrest

With the last of 10 Southern Baptist mission volunteers released from a Haitian jail May 17, one of her "Idaho 10" co-laborers is breaking his silence and blames the whole ordeal on meddling by the United Nation's Children Fund, more commonly known as UNICEF.

Baptist Briefs

Leo Endel, executive director of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention, is joining an increasingly crowded field of candidates who will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention at the June 15-16 meeting in Orlando.

‘Miss Jan’ keeps order at Georgia church, where Carter draws crowd

Jan Williams is the head peacekeeper at Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga. where former President Jimmy Carter teaches a Sunday school class. At 8 a.m. on any given Sunday morning, “Miss Jan” steps out the church’s front doors and encounters a line of visitors already forming.

Former SBC president nominated to lead Executive Committee

Former Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page is being nominated as president of the SBC Executive Committee, one of three key leadership positions in the nation's second-largest faith group in the process of being filled.

Final U.S. Baptist released from Haiti

The last of 10 Americans detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti following the Jan. 12 earthquake was released May 17 after a judge found her guilty and sentenced her to time already served in jail.

Missouri convention wants control or assets of remaining litigants

Regaining control is the heart of the Missouri Baptist Convention’s ongoing legal action against three formerly affiliated institutions. If control cannot be restored, then the convention would like its “stuff” returned, a Cole County judge learned May 11.
 
 
 
 
 
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