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IMB retooling to focus agency on local-church mission work

The Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board will reorganize over the next year to focus more on local churches’ involvement in missions and provide flexibility to reach people groups across geographical lines.

Stay the course when market drops, Hawkins suggests

Even though sharp drops in the stock market have many Southern Baptist pastors worried about their retirement funds, making an emotional decision to get out of the market is unwise, the president of Guidestone Financial Resources said.

David Wilkinson to become ABP executive director

Veteran Baptist communicator David Wilkinson has been named executive director for Associated Baptist Press.

Family vacation centers on missions and service

FamilyFest, a hands-on missions opportunity for families sponsored by Woman’s Missionary Union, drew more than 100 volunteers for mission activities in the Kansas City, Kan., area.

BAPTIST BRIEFS: News service editor steps down

Greg Warner, who has been executive editor of Associated Baptist Press since 1991, informed the independent news service’s directors and staff he would be stepping down for medical reasons.

Hawaii hosts WMU co-ed missions event

Waves of volunteers hit the shores of Oahu, Hawaii, for the first-ever co-ed student-missions event sponsored by Woman’s Missionary Union.

Former WMU leader Dellanna O’Brien dies at 75

Dellanna West O’Brien, who led the Southern Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union through some of its most trying times, died Sept. 7 at age 75.

ABP Executive Editor Greg Warner to step down, citing health reasons

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Greg Warner, who has led Associated Baptist Press since its infancy 18 years ago, informed the agency’s directors and staff Aug. 26 that he would be stepping down for medical reasons.

Baptist Briefs: Baptists’ gifts to Union top $3 million

About $13 million in donations to Union University leaves it still about $5 million short of what it needs to rebuild its campus, which was destroyed by a tornado in February.

Sunday school class project sparks international ministry

An eye-opening visit by a Baptist Sunday school class from Columbia Baptist Church in suburban Washington, D.C., to a Moscow hospital nearly 20 years ago sparked a project that today provides millions of dollars in medical supplies to almost 100 countries around the world--CrossLink International.

Criswell College president resigns after public spat with Dallas pastor

JohnsonCriswell College President Jerry Johnson resigned Aug. 5, after a public clash with the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas over the institution’s future.

CBF missions blitz helps poverty-stricken Ark. county

More than 230 children, teens and adults took to the pool during a swim camp sponsored by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship in one of the poorest counties the the United States .

Baptist Briefs: American Baptists propose changes

Leaders of the American Baptist Churches USA are proposing changes to the denomination’s governing structure that aim to encourage greater missional empowerment and broader involvement of affiliated churches.

British Baptist Men hoping to break world record with ‘Bigger Breakfast’

British Baptists are hoping to set a world record for the largest men’s breakfast, reported Phil Creighton, president-elect of the Baptist Men’s Movement, an affiliate of the Baptist Union of Great Britain.

Dot Sherman passes away after battle with Alzheimer's

ShermansDorothy “Dot” Sherman, wife of Dr. Cecil Sherman, the founding coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, passed away Aug. 1 in Richmond, Va., following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 90.
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