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.

Baptist Briefs: IMB to cut missionary force by 600

Southern Baptists will be forced to draw down their overseas missions force in 2010 by as many as 600 missionaries, International Mission Board trustees were told Nov. 10.

Georgia Baptist Convention cuts ties with church led by woman pastor

The Georgia Baptist Convention has ended its 148-year-old relationship with First Baptist Church of Decatur, Ga., over the congregation's 2007 vote to hire a woman as senior pastor.

Baptist Briefs

Three Southern Baptist churches were honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with the Energy Star Congregation Award. First Baptist Church in Dallas, First Baptist Church in Springdale, Ark., and Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, Fla., each earned recognition for their efforts at reducing energy consumption.

Baptist Briefs

A judge in Uzbekistan has found three Baptist leaders guilty of tax evasion and involving children in religious activities without their parents’ permission, ending a high-profile trial in the Uzbek capital city of Tashkent.

Merritt, Gushee: On creation care, evangelicals must move toward 'we'

American Christians must move beyond a theology of “me” to a theology of “we” in order to play a meaningful role in creation care, according to speakers at a two-day conference recently held Oct. 29-31 on the campus of Mercer University in Macon, Ga.

Baptist Briefs: ABP honors longtime editor

Associated Baptist Press presented its inaugural Greg Warner Lifetime Achievement Award in Religious Journalism to the longtime executive editor of the independent news service, forced by health issues to step down last year.

Crash victim remembered with random acts of kindness

On Oct. 29 lawyers took cases pro bono, a man installed a water heater for a disabled man who previously showered on his back porch and a man stopping to give a stranded motorist a jump wound up replacing her battery. All were acts of kindness to mark what would have been the 13th birthday of a girl killed this summer by injuries received in a church-bus accident.

Messengers approve CP funds to lawsuits, two allocation options offered

RAYTOWN -- Missouri Baptist congregations will have to formally vote during a church business meeting if they wish to protect their Cooperative Program gifts from being used to fund ongoing legal action. Messengers to the 175th Missouri Baptist Convention annual meeting adopted an Executive Board recommendation that establishes CP allocation plans. Plan A, the default plan, designates 3 percent of CP allocations to be used to pay legal costs.

MBC messengers increase authority of Executive Board over lawsuits

Messengers to the 175th annual meeting of the Missouri Baptist Convention broadened the authority of the MBC Executive Board to resolve ongoing lawsuits against five formerly related entities in their morning session on October 27 at First Baptist Church, Raytown.

Next two CBF assemblies will mark 20 years of "movement"

The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship will stress community at the organization's 20th General Assembly June 24-25, 2010, in Charlotte, N.C.

Former SBC leader says NAMB is obsolete

An elder statesman who led three Southern Baptist Convention entities for a total of 40 years says the denomination's North American Mission Board is an obsolete bureaucracy that will likely have a diminished role or disappear altogether in the 21st century.

BWA leader highlights priorities at DBU gathering

CallumIn the early years of the 21st century, Baptists worldwide have made significant contributions in areas such as relief and development, missions and evangelism and human rights, but they have far to go in the area of unity, a Baptist World Alliance leader told a group at Dallas Baptist University.


Cuban Baptists released from jail

Two Cuban Baptist leaders held two weeks while authorities investigated what they regarded suspicious economic activity have reportedly been released from jail.

Baptist Briefs: IMB dips into contingency funds

International Mission Board Treasurer David Steverson told trustees of the agency the mission board faces a budget shortfall “crisis.”
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