Critics complain about Calvin’s influence on SBC Pastors’ Conference

The president for the 2011 Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference defended a program he’s put together for June 12-13 in Phoenix, Ariz., saying critics who find it outside the convention’s mainstream hold too narrow a worldview.


CBF budget cuts total $1.1 million

Deep staff cuts announced in January will help reduce the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship's budget shortfall in the 2010-2011 fiscal year by more than $1.1 million, officials said.

New IMB chief insists he has ‘no intention of being an interim’

International Mission Board trustees elected as president of the missions agency Tom Elliff—a 67-year-old longtime Oklahoma pastor, one-time missionary and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention. And despite his age, Elliff insists he has "no intention of being an interim."


Baptist Briefs

Membership in a group that welcomes and affirms gays does not automatically disqualify a church from participation in the Southern Baptist Convention, the SBC Executive Committee decided at its most recent meeting.

BTSR considering Chowan merger

Cash-strapped Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond is considering a merger with Chowan University, a 162-year-old North Carolina Baptist school 99 miles south of the seminary’s Richmond, Va., campus, in hopes of solving lingering financial problems made worse by a bad economy.

Ethnic WMU leaders equipped, encouraged at summit

National WMU in Birmingham, Ala., hosted more than 50 missions leaders from 13 states for an Ethnic Leadership Summit. Texas Baptists had the largest representation with 10 ethnic leaders participating.

BWA sets goals to fulfill priorities

The Baptist World Alliance took steps toward implementing its new structure and fulfilling its new priorities during the global organization’s Executive Committee meeting March 7-9.

LifeWay backs off ‘read with discernment’ label for books

Southern Baptist bookstores quietly have suspended a four-year-old program that alerted customers to read with “discernment” books by several up-and-coming authors whose books “could be considered inconsistent with historical evangelical theology.”

Vestal predicts more CBF downsizing

The head of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship predicted future budget cuts that for the first time would affect global-missions personnel for the 20-year-old movement spun off from the Southern Baptist Convention.

True Love Waits commitments in Africa approach 1 million

The number of commitments by African youth to sexual purity through True Love Waits International stands at more than 959,000 since LifeWay Christian Resources launched its strategic initiative there in summer 2007.

Tom Elliff nominated to lead International Mission Board

Tom Elliff, a longtime Oklahoma pastor and former missionary, has been nominated to be president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board.


Memories, lessons recalled from historic bombed church

Carolyn McKinstryCarolyn McKinstry, 63, has been a part of Sixteenth Street Baptist Church since she was two years old, and barely avoided being killed when the Ku Klux Klan bombed the church in 1963. She recounts her experiences in a new book.


McCall’s personal papers trace Southern Baptist race relations

An extensive collection of personal records from one of the Southern Baptist Convention’s most influential black leaders now is open to researchers at the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives in Nashville, Tenn.


Court rejects 'birther' challenge by former SBC officer

The California Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to Barack Obama's election as president filed by plaintiffs including a former officer of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Kentucky Baptists cut jobs, freeze salaries

The Kentucky Baptist Convention announced job cuts Jan. 31 intended to free up more money for national and international ministries of the Southern Baptist Convention.
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