Baptist Briefs

Texas Baptist church employees are invited to participate in the 2010 Southern Baptist Convention Church Compensation Survey, provided through the joint efforts of Baptist state conventions, LifeWay Christian Resources and GuideStone Financial Resources.

Baptist pastor among dead in Haiti

Baptists in Haiti mourned the death of a beloved pastor killed in the Jan. 12 earthquake.

ABC, CBF plan multi-pronged responses to Haitian earthquake

American Baptists plan to tap both international relief efforts and local churches with strong ties to the Haitian-American community in responding to human suffering caused by the Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti.

Baptists prep for immediate, long-term responses to Haiti quake

Baptist groups in the United States are gearing up for both immediate and long-term responses to the earthquake that killed thousands in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Florida will lead initial Southern Baptist relief response in Haiti

Haiti VictimsSouthern Baptists are mobilizing to assess disaster relief needs after the largest earthquake in more than 200 years rocked Haiti the evening of Jan. 12. Florida Baptists will lead the initial Southern Baptist disaster relief effort.


Trial under way for former Baptist preacher charged with murder

Jury selection got under way Jan. 12 in a murder trial of a former Texas Baptist minister accused of killing his wife.

SBC president undergoes surgery

Southern Baptist Convention president Johnny Hunt underwent successful cancer surgery Jan. 7 at Northside Hospital in Atlanta. An update on the First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Ga., website said Hunt rested well after the operation and was expected to be released from the hospital Jan. 8.

Former IMB administrator, MasterLife creator, diagnosed with leukemia

Avery Willis, a former Southern Baptist missionary and administrator best known as developer of the MasterLife discipleship materials used around the world, has been diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.

Baptist deaths in 2009

A number of widely known Baptists passed away in 2009. Here are some of the most newsworthy.

Baptist Briefs: GuideStone offers new tool

GuideStone Property & Casualty has just released the Ministry Protection Plan, an online tool that walks participants through the process of developing a comprehensive risk-management plan.

Baptist churches encouraged to invite a woman to preach

Baptist Women in Ministry is seeking pulpits for an annual emphasis to promote and encourage women preachers.

Baptist Briefs: Virginia Baptists increase budget

Virginia Baptists increase budget. Bucking a national trend, Virginia Baptists in their recent annual meeting adopted a 2010 budget of $14 million—about 1.4 percent larger than 2009’s budget, which is expected to see a shortfall.

Chair notes ‘enormous progress’ by SBC task force

The Great Commission Resurgence Task Force has made “great, enormous progress” and plans to present a substantial report during the February meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee in Nashville, Tenn., Chairman Ronnie Floyd said.

Grand jury to review police shooting of Georgia minister

A north Georgia prosecutor says he will let a grand jury decide whether to bring criminal charges against undercover police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a Baptist minister during a botched drug sting.

Baptist state conventions feeling effects of economy

Feeling the effects of a bad economy, several Southern Baptist Convention-affiliated state and regional conventions reduced budgets in annual meetings held in recent weeks across the nation.
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