BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- Eighteen of the 23 motions by messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Birmingham, Ala., were referred to SBC committees or entities; five were ruled out of order. The Committee on Order of Business made the recommendations to messengers during the SBC's June 11-12 meeting.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- With "pursue" as the theme of the 2019 Woman's Missionary Union Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting, the approximately 900 attendees heard testimonies of how God pursues His people. The sessions were held on Sunday, June 9, at The Church at Brook Hills. This year, the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting will be held in Birmingham, Ala., near the national WMU headquarters. On Monday (June 10), attendees had the option of participating in any of 131 missions activities throughout the area, a change from past years.
DALLAS (BP) -- Personal belongings are confiscated, and a participant is stripped of his or her individuality. They become a number. Government workers with stern faces instruct them to face forward. No talking. They're ushered through a curtain and instructed to write down the names of four loved ones. These are the people they may take with them. No further instruction is given. During this refugee camp simulation, participants are to grab three items from buckets. They haven't been told why. No one tells them where they're going. Harshly, they're ushered from station to station. A guard with a military uniform and a bat is speaking a foreign language. One participant starts to ask questions. She's taken away from the group. At the medical station, they're checked for lice. At the food station they're informed they must eat. They may not have another chance to for days.
DALLAS (BP) -- Texas Governor Greg Abbott thanked Southern Baptists Tuesday (June 12) for their prayers and hands-on aid during times of crisis in Texas over the last year. While addressing the Southern Baptist Convention at their annual meeting in Dallas, he specifically noted their response following last year's shooting at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey and the more recent shooting at Santa Fe High School.
DALLAS (BP) -- More than 400 people gathered for the opening sessions of the 2018 Woman's Missionary Union Annual Meeting and Missions Celebration on June 10 in Dallas. The 2018 theme for WMU is "Unshakable Pursuit." The first session, themed "The Unshakable Pursuit of Fun," was held in a casual ranch-style events center and included a barbecue dinner. WMU President Linda Cooper gave the first part of her president's address from the back of a life-sized fake horse. Throughout the evening, she told attendees of ministries in which state WMUs are involved.
PHOENIX (BP) -- The National Asian American (NAA) Fellowship spotlighted the need for more partnerships with Southern Baptist seminaries and a desire to reach second-generation Asian Americans. The group met for its second annual meeting in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Phoenix. The group, made up of eight Asian fellowships, was formed in October 2016 in Dallas as a fellowship specifically for second-generation Asian Americans. More than 60 were in attendance for the June 12 meeting.
Members of the Chinese Baptist Fellowship heard updates from an IMB missionary and NAMB church planters on Chinese church planting efforts at their dinner meeting on June 13.
Greg Laurie of Harvest America delivered a message on proclamation evangelism during the celebration service Tuesday night (June 13) at the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix.
PHOENIX (BP) -- Around 250 Southern Baptists gathered for the opening session of WMU's 2017 Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting on June 11 in Phoenix. "Every moment has a series of defining moments -- moments that shape us and change and make us the person we are today," Sandy Wisdom-Martin, newly-elected national WMU executive director said. She and Linda Cooper, national WMU president, opened the evening and shared personal and biblical "Defining Moments," in keeping with WMU's theme for the year. The focus for the opening night was "Redeemed."
There's a "wonderful beauty" in the SBC's diversity, Myriah Snyder writes. "As long as we are all following Scripture, standing by its inerrancy, the virgin birth, Christ's atoning death and the other faith foundations, what's the problem?"