Pastors Conference speakers affirm Great Commission Resurgence

The Great Commission Resurgence is a “natural and spiritual outgrowth of the conservative resurgence,” seminary president Danny Akin told participants in the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference.

Leaders urge B21 group to stay in the SBC hall, support task force

Supporters of the Great Commission Resurgence task force took a final opportunity to garner votes for their report when they encouraged 1,300 primarily younger pastors attending the B21 conference Tuesday to leave the luncheon and become fixtures in the meeting hall.

Task force recommendations could harm cooperation, Chapman insists

Morris ChapmanAdopting the report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force could have negative repercussions, Morris Chapman warned Southern Baptist Convention messengers during their annual meeting June 15.

Approval signals Southern Baptist concern for ‘lostness,’ task force says

The Southern Baptist Convention overwhelmingly reaffirmed its intention to spread the gospel throughout the nation and around the world, members of the SBC’s Great Commission Resurgence task force told reporters.

Messengers embrace report, focus on Great Commission

The Southern Baptist Convention embraced a future uncertain but focused on the Great Commission when a solid majority of messengers adopted the report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force June 15.

Georgia church planter elected SBC president

Bryant WrightIn a surprise move, Southern Baptists said no to two well-known presidential candidates and elected a church planter from Marietta, Ga., to lead them in the coming year.


Religious liberty in China improving, still room for progress

Bao JiayuanReligious liberty in China is expanding, and the Chinese Christian community is growing, but American observers continue to hope for more progress.

Graduate student found dead on UMHB campus

The body of a 22-year-old graduate student was found on the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor campus the evening of June 12. 

Executive Committee elects Page president in executive session

Frank PageThe Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention voted in executive session June 14 to elect former SBC President Frank Page as the organization’s next president and CEO, replacing Morris Chapman, who retires Sept. 30 after 18 years.

Arab Christians in Israel reach out to Haiti

When a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti in mid-January, Arab Christians in Israel reached across the world to offer help and hope. In spite of the challenges they faced themselves, the churches collected $3,500 for Haiti relief through Baptist Global Response.

Black Baptists donate $500,000 to Habitat housing in Haiti

The presidents of five historically African-American Baptist denominations have presented a check for $500,000 to Habitat for Humanity International to help rebuild homes destroyed in Haiti by January's earthquake.
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