New Baylor regents elected, budget approved

Baylor University’s board of regents have elected Dary Stone of Dallas to serve a one-year term as chair. He succeeds Howard Batson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Amarillo.

Around the State

Families interested in international adoption are invited to a free workshop hosted by Dillon International, an affiliate of Buckner International, June 12, to learn about the adoption process, fees and available children.

On the Move

Jamie Allen to Wilshire Church in Dallas as student ministry assistant.

Texas tidbits: Baylor dean honored at Atlanta conference

Diana Garland, dean of the Baylor School of Social Work, was honored at The Orange Conference in Atlanta for her book, Family Ministry: A Comprehensive Guide.

BCFS program offers last chance for troubled youth

The Baptist Child & Family Services juvenile justice program is a last alternative for troubled teens whose run-ins with the law have landed them one step away from state lock-up.

Baptist blogger sues police, prosecutors for outing him

A formerly anonymous blogger who criticized his prominent Southern Baptist pastor has sued police and state prosecutors for revealing his identity to the church even though an investigation showed he had done nothing illegal.

Violence in Mexico sparks missions efforts on Texas side of the border

Violence on the Mexico side of the border is pushing teams to minister on the Texas side of the Rio Grande this summer.

Baptist Briefs: Crossover evangelistic events scheduled

In the days leading up to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting, Crossover ’09 will mobilize as many as 1,000 volunteers throughout Louisville, Ky., and its surrounding communities June 19-20.

Inner-city Dallas church saved drug dealer’s life–among others

Cornerstone Baptist Church in South Dallas saved the life of former drug dealer W. L. Williams. Now, he’s helping the church save others.

Liberian survivor wants to integrate former combatants into society

BrownellGracie Brownell, a recent graduate of the Baylor School of Social Work, remembers going hungry and watching her mother hide what little food they had for the day. Now she wants to return to her native Liberia to work with victims and combatants in her country's 14-year civil war.


SBC reports fewest baptisms in more than two decades

In 2008, the Southern Baptist Convention showed a net loss in total membership for the second straight year and baptized the lowest number of new members since 1987, according to annual statistics compiled by the denomination’s publishing-and-research arm.
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