Southern Baptists support path to legal status in immigration reform

The Southern Baptist Convention adopted a debated resolution June 15 calling for “a just and compassionate path to legal status” for undocumented immigrants.

Southern Baptists issued ‘1 percent challenge’ for Cooperative Program

A Southern Baptist leader urged pastors June 14 to lead their congregations to increase the percentages of their budgets for the denomination by a percent. Frank Page, president of the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention, issued his “1 percent challenge” in a report at the convention’s annual gathering in Phoenix.

Speakers urge WMU to ‘Proclaim’ the gospel message

Missions leaders from across the nation proclaimed the good news of Jesus Christ during the 2011 National Woman’s Missionary Union missions celebration and annual meeting in Phoenix.


Southern Baptists re-elect president

Bryant WrightAtlanta-area pastor Bryant Wright was re-elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention Tuesday afternoon.


Executive Committee recommends changes for mission boards

The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention voted June 13 to recommend changes to working agreements that will allow the International Mission Board to work directly with internationals living in the United to States convention messengers meeting June 14 in Phoenix.


SBC reports statistical decline

The Southern Baptist Convention reported declines last year in several categories traditionally used as markers of denominational vitality, according to annual statistics released by LifeWay Christian Resources.

Groups call on SBC to apologize for treatment of gays

Six groups are joining to call on the Southern Baptist Convention to apologize for its treatment of gays.

2010 Lottie Moon Offering falls short

Southern Baptists gave $145.6 million to international missions through the 2010 Lottie Moon Offering, $3 million less than the previous year and $8.3 million less than the International Mission Board needs to meet its 2011 operating budget, the IMB news service reported June 8.

CBF Coordinating Council adopts budget

ATLANTA (ABP) – The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Coordinating Council voted by e-mail May 26 to recommend a 2011-2012 budget of $12.3 million at the group’s June 22-25 General Assembly in Tampa, Fla.

Baptist Briefs

The Baylor University board of regents approved a $428.6 million operating budget for 2011-2012 and elected new members of the governing board—including the first two non-Baptist regents in the school’s history.

Billy Graham returns home from hospital

Evangelist Billy Graham returned home May 15 after a five-day hospital stay for pneumonia. Graham, 92, has regained strength after treatment with antibiotics, according to his doctors at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C.


WMU to produce RA materials

WMU will reassume responsibility for producing resources for Royal Ambassadors—the missions program for boys that originated with the women’s missionary organization more than 100 years ago—and the Challengers program for teenage young men, effective next year.

Ergun Caner moving to school begun by J. Frank Norris

Ergun Caner, the former president of Liberty Theological Seminary demoted for exaggerating claims about his Muslim upbringing, has been hired as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Arlington Baptist College, according to a press release on Caner's website.

Pastor, denominational statesman James Pleitz dies

James Pleitz, a well-known pastor in Florida and Texas active in denominational leadership, died Sunday, May 15. He had been in care of the Joyce Goldenberg Hospice Inpatient Residence in Pensacola, Fla., since May 2.

Virginia Baptists exploring renewed ties with Averett

A Virginia Baptist committee exploring a possible renewal of Baptist General Association of Virginia ties with Averett University -- ties dissolved in 2005 in a disagreement over homosexuality -- has seen “positive” progress, says the committee’s chair.

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