2006 SBC Annual Meeting Preview

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Conflict between church, association may be part of motion

"“It has taken a toll on all of us. [DOM Stewart] keeps saying that Hank and his group were trying to take over. But all we asked them to do was come over and join us and fellowship with us."
FBC Las Lomas member, treasurer, Bonnie Caudill, who is 80
GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)--A complex and messy two-year-old legal battle between a small California church and an association is expected to spill out on the floor of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 13.
      At issue in the motion is whether New Life Community Church of Prunedale, Calif., is an SBC church. It has given directly to the SBC allocation budget the past two years -- in May 2005 and May of this year.
      At the heart of the controversy, however, is whether First Baptist Church in Las Lomas is an SBC church.
      To complicate matters, the Central Coast Baptist Association (CCBA) in Gilroy, Calif. brought a lawsuit against both churches in 2004.

SBC presidential candidates share views

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)--The three candidates expected to be nominated for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention during its June 13-14 annual meeting outlined their visions for the future of the convention during a series of radio interviews June 12.

Yeats’ nomination to be made by Roberts

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)-—Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Philip Roberts has announced that he will nominate John L. Yeats for another term as recording secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention.

Condoleezza Rice to speak to SBC messengers in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)--U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is scheduled to speak in person to Southern Baptist Convention messengers in Greensboro, N.C., Wednesday, June 14, at 10 a.m. EDT, SBC President Bobby Welch said June 8.

Virginia pastor Kelly Burris to be nominated for 1st VP

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)--Kelly J. Burris, senior pastor of Kempsville Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Va., will be nominated for first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention by Kansas pastor Terry Fox, Fox said June 5.

Huntsville pastor Jimmy Jackson to be nominated as 1st VP

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)--Jimmy Jackson, pastor of Whitesburg Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala., will be nominated for first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, former Alabama pastor Fred Wolfe announced June 1.

Inquiry into IMB trustee actions sought by board member

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Wade Burleson, the Oklahoma pastor whose relationships with fellow trustees of the International Mission Board have been strained for a number of months, announced June 1 he will ask the Southern Baptist Convention to approve an investigation of various trustee actions.

Welch presents model of statue to Billy Graham association

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William Franklin Graham IV (left) receives on behalf of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association a model statue of Graham's grandfather, evangelist Billy Graham, from SBC President Bobby Welch. The 18-foot-tall version of the model will be unveiled at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C., and later will be placed in downtown Nashville. Photo by Norm Miller
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP)--In advance of the unveiling of a statue honoring evangelist Billy Graham at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C., SBC President Bobby Welch May 30 presented a bronze model of the sculpture to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association at its headquarters in Charlotte.
      Sculpted by Terrell O’Brien -- a bi-vocational pastor, whose church and studio are in Wyoming -- the bronze model depicts Graham standing before a cross, with outstretched arms, one of which holds an open Bible.

Candidate Frank Page calls for evangelism, inclusiveness

TAYLORS, S.C. (BP)--As the second candidate willing to be nominated for Southern Baptist Convention president, South Carolina pastor Frank Page calls for adding passion, revival, soul-winning and missions to the convention’s 30-year concentration on doctrinal purity.

Evangelist Keith Fordham to be nominated for 1st VP

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)--Evangelist Keith Fordham of Fayetteville, Ga., will be nominated for first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, a fellow evangelist has announced.