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Bivocational pastors encouraged to persevere

by Shar Walker

Friday, June 21, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Featured guest speaker, cartoonist and preacher Joe McKeever encouraged bivocational pastors in the rewarding and challenging work to which God has called them during a luncheon in Birmingham, Ala.

Featured guest speaker, cartoonist and preacher Joe McKeever encouraged bivocational pastors in the rewarding and challenging work to which God has called them during a luncheon in Birmingham, Ala., June 12.
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The Bivocational and Small Church Leadership Network hosted the Bivocational Pastor's Luncheon, held June 12 in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

McKeever, a pastor for more than 42 years, stressed valuab... Read More

LifeWay leaders report VBS successes in Birmingham

by Joy Allmond

Friday, June 21, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Is Vacation Bible School worth it?

Jana Magruder, director of LifeWay Kids, explains "VBS is worth it" during a LifeWay breakfast June 11 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala.
Photo by Aaron Earls
This is the question church leaders around the country ask themselves every year. And it was the theme of the LifeWay Christian Resources breakfast at the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala.

"It's a lot of work," said Jana Magruder, LifeWay Kids director. "There are months and months of planning and lots of volunteer recruitment effort. It's an all-hands-on-deck ... Read More

'Every nation' underscored as IMB's mission vision

by Julie McGowan

Friday, June 21, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Songs of worship in Swahili, a new missionary testimony in American Sign Language and Gospel presentations by missionaries in Mandarin, Hausa, Russian and Fon representing a biblical view of the church worshipping God for eternity.

Paul Chitwood, president of the International Mission Board, speaks to more than 1,600 people at the IMB banquet June 10 at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham, Ala.
Photo by Matt Jones
These were among the highlights of an International Mission Board dinner prior to the SBC annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala.

"The IMB exists to partner with churches to send missionaries, to make disci... Read More

9Marks panel on church influence, culture, SBC

by Lauren Pratt

Thursday, June 20, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- This year's 9Marks panel discussions tackled the current state of the Southern Baptist Convention and whether or not the health of a church is enough to sustain itself in this cultural moment during two evenings of discussion in conjunction with the SBC's annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala.

SBC leaders Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; H.B. Charles, pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla.; R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., discussed the state of the Southern Baptist Convention on a panel hosted 9Marks June 11 in Birmingham.
Photo by Matt Miller
The Monday evening (June 10) discussion was led by Mark Dever, co-founder of 9Marks and senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, ... Read More

B21 panel: Protecting abuse victims central to mission

by Andrew J.W. Smith

Thursday, June 20, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Protecting sexual abuse victims is central to the mission of the church, said a group of denominational leaders during the Baptist21 panel on June 11 in Birmingham, Ala.

B21 panelists included (left to right) Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; Jen Wilkin, author and Bible teacher; J. D. Greer, president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of The Summit Church in Durham, N.C.; R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Not pictured are Dhati Lewis, vice president of Send Network and Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Photo by Van Payne
Immediately after the panel, Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, addressed his church's handling of a sexual abuse case as reported June 10 in the New York Times. The panel was held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's a... Read More

FTC panel addresses SBC's 'inflection point'

by T. Patrick Hudson

Thursday, June 20, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) –- The Southern Baptist Convention's future ministry and mission was the topic of a For the Church panel discussion hosted by Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary during the SBC annual meeting.

Jason Allen (far right), president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, leads a panel discussion titled "For the Church" June 11 in Birmingham. Panelists include (left to right) Jamie Dew, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Paul Chitwood, president of the International Mission Board; H.B. Charles, pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Orange Park, Fla.; Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee; and Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board.
Photo by Marc Ira Hooks
Moderated by MBTS President Jason Allen, the discussion featured Paul Chitwood, H.B. Charles Jr., Ronnie Floyd, Kevin Ezell and Jamie Dew, filling the room with nearly 1,000 attendees Tuesday, June 11, at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Comple... Read More

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