2004 SBC Annual Meeting News

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Plans for new Southwestern chapel announced by Patterson at luncheon

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Four hundred alumni and friends of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary were on hand for President Paige Patterson’s first address to alumni since his election as president of the Texas seminary in 2003.

Mission leaders recognized with awards at WMU annual meeting

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--During a June 13 dessert fellowship in Indianapolis in honor of former Woman's Missionary Union board members, the WMU Foundation presented awards to five women for their outstanding contributions to missions.

Literacy video leads volunteer to life-changing commitment

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--A literacy missions video shown at the national Woman's Missionary Union annual meeting in 1992 had such a life-changing effect on Rebecca Carnell that she returned to Eubank, Ky., determined to do whatever it took to get involved personally in that ministry.

Clayton receives award in honor of slain missionary Martha Myers

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Sara Ross Clayton, 78, of Douglas, Ga., was named the first recipient of the Dr. Martha Myers GA Alumnae of Distinction Award during WMU's Annual Meeting and Missions Celebration June 13-14 in Indianapolis.

Churches urged to ‘Vote CP’ & close the gap to a lost world

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Choosing missions

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--The number of adults in the United States who do not attend church has nearly doubled since 1991, according to a recent survey by the Barna Research Group. And although Southern Baptist churches and missionaries baptized more than 800,000 believers in North America and overseas in 2003, the denomination's evangelism efforts are not keeping pace with the growth in world population.
      In an effort to close that gap, Southern Baptist churches are being challenged to "Vote CP" this fall, refocusing on cooperative missions and its potential to reach the world.

Ky. sends most messengers to SBC sessions in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Kentucky Baptists sent the largest number of messengers, 861, of the 8,600 who attended the June 15-16 Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Indianapolis.

‘Missional Living’ explores core areas for growth, study

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--For Christians desiring to carry out God's mission, there are seven core competencies. During the "Missional Living" workshops at the national Woman's Missionary Union Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting, women explored worldview, relationships, communication, ministry, leadership and spirituality, all of which are intertwined with the seventh competency, Scripture.

WRAP-UP: National WMU launches ‘Christ Followers’ emphasis

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Through drama and inspiring testimonies, Woman's Missionary Union launched the 2004-06 emphasis of "Christ Followers" during its Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting June 13-14 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

New WMU Project HELP focuses on poverty, church connection

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Woman's Missionary Union's new "Project HELP: Poverty" will connect churches to people's needs, said Randy Pool, coordinator of the Mississippi River Ministry of West Tennessee, who provided an overview of the project during the June 13-14 Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.

WMU’s WorldCrafts offers way of supporting missions

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Wanda S. Lee, executive director-treasurer of the national Woman's Missionary Union, and Janet Hoffman, national WMU president, highlighted WorldCrafts during their report to the Southern Baptist Convention June 15 in Indianapolis.