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WMU report points to ‘full circle’ ministry and transformation

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – The WMU is all about being “full circle,” said Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director-treasurer of national WMU, in a report to the messengers June 13 during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans. She compared the 360 seconds of her report to the 360-degree transformation that happens when the power of God is at work in His people.

Panelists stress importance of child abuse protection

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – Panelists discussed child protection and abuse prevention in ministry during a luncheon presented by the Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention (ECAP) at the Southern Baptist Convention on June 13 at the New Orleans Convention Center.

A chorus of SBC voices seek a better future at Unify Project’s racial unity event

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – In a late-night session entitled, “Simple Steps to Unity: Walking Together Toward a Better Future,” a chorus of Southern Baptist Convention voices, including five SBC presidents, boldly promoted and prayed for racial reconciliation and unity.

SBC Asian Collective NextGen pastors encouraged to look at counseling as part of discipleship

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – More than 100 Asian pastors and their families were encouraged to lean into counseling as part of the discipleship process at an SBC Asian Collective NextGen luncheon held on June 12 in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in New Orleans.

WMU testimonies highlight how ‘abiding in Christ’ brings ‘abundant hope’

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – Abiding in Christ brings abundant hope, said WMU leaders at the 2023 Woman’s Missionary Union Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting. Held June 11-12 at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary campus, this year’s theme was “Hope in Christ,” based on Romans 12:12.

‘Take courage,’ Jennifer Rothschild tells ministers’ wives

ANAHEIM (BP) – Blindness must be really hard, Jennifer Rothschild said, repeating her future daughter-in-law’s words to her. “It is very hard,” Rothschild responded, “but earth is short, and heaven is long.”

Ministers’ wives honor Kem Jackson

ANAHEIM (BP) – Ministers’ wives awarded Kem Jackson, the wife of Al Jackson, pastor emeritus of Lakeview Baptist Church in Auburn, Ala., the 2022 Willie Dawson Turner award at the annual Ministers’ Wives Luncheon during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Anaheim on June 14.

Denhollander, Benkert, Pittman offer trauma-informed ministry training

ANAHEIM (BP) – Three individuals closely tied to the recent Southern Baptist Convention Sexual Abuse Task Force report provided trauma-informed ministry training to nearly 60 people on June 14, immediately following the SBC’s afternoon business session.

Associational leaders approve full-time leader, seek ways to ‘pursue love and good works’

ANAHEIM (BP) – More than 250 associational missional strategists (AMS), wives and guests had the opportunity to live out their annual meeting theme of “Pursuing Love and Good Works” (Hebrews 10:24), when they gathered to pray for Ray Gentry, the president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL), during their June 12-13 meeting at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim.

NAMB partnership in Pennsylvania and South Jersey aims for ‘multiplication movement’

HARRISBURG, Pa. (BP) -- Faced with more 14 million lost people across its region, the Baptist Resource Network (BRN) of Pennsylvania/South Jersey has partnered with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) for the past several years to plant churches in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Now, the Send Network partnership is extending to the entire Pennsylvania/South Jersey region, supporting church planting across its sprawling rural farmlands, mountains, coastland, urban centers and small towns.