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2007 SBC Annual Meeting News

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Speaker describes grace-based parenting

SAN ANTONIO (BP)–Parents should aim at creating an environment that emulates God’s heart, one in which children are receptive to the Holy Spirit working in their lives, a family leader told pastors at a breakout session during the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference June 11 in San Antonio. Tim Kimmel, executive director of Family Matters in […]

Wolfe sets forth Spirit-filled life

SAN ANTONIO (BP)–“You don’t ever get to be like Jesus by struggling or striving — you do it by emptying yourself of your sin and letting Him live through you,” said Fred Wolfe, president of Barnabas Ministries in Fairhope, Ala. In his “Equipped for the Victorious Walk” breakout session during the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference […]

From Russia to Texas, youth enjoy SBC annual meeting

SAN ANTONIO (BP)--Just a couple of months ago, 3-year-old Michael Brown made his home in an Arkhangelsk orphanage, 750 miles from Moscow. This day, he is in the preschool childcare at the Southern Baptist Convention, a lifetime away from certain destitution as a gypsy outcast.       More than 100 children, newborns through 3-year-olds, experienced a Vacation Bible School-style environment as part of the childcare. Sally Schaal, children's minister at Castle Hills Baptist Church in Texas, served as director of the childcare. A children's minister for nearly 25 years, Schaal said, "We're trying to show God's love and grace with the children. We want to be a blessing to the pastors, particularly, who have come a long way."       Brian Brown, in training to become a pastor, traveled to the SBC with his wife Edith and the two boys they adopted from Russia in late March.

Pastors, wives urged to exemplify marriage

SAN ANTONIO (BP)–Pastors and their wives not only have a responsibility to minister, but also a duty to exemplify the way Christ commands marriages to be, Gary Chapman, author of “The Five Love Languages,” said June 11 in a breakout session at the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference in San Antonio. Couples must have strong foundations […]

Initiative promises ‘It’s a New Day’

SAN ANTONIO (BP)–The average American spends $1.20 for every $1 earned. Debt is a problem of staggering proportions for people in the United States -– both inside the church and out, said Howard Dayton, CEO of Crown Financial Ministries. And, like many problems, it presents churches with both an opportunity and a responsibility to minister. […]

‘Successful leaders model godliness’

SAN ANTONIO (BP)–Everything rises or falls on leadership, Paul Dixon, chancellor of Cedarville University in Ohio, said during a breakout session of the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference in San Antonio June 11. Dixon, a former 25-year president of the university, spoke on the topic “Equipped for Relational Leadership” by relaying anecdotes, Scripture references and personal […]

Elliff underscores intimacy with Christ

SAN ANTONIO (BP)–“Intimacy with Christ is a major issue in the life of every believer,” said Tom Elliff, senior vice president for spiritual nurture and church relations at the International Mission Board. Elliff addressed about 400 people at his “Equipped for Divine Intimacy” breakout session during the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference June 11. “No man […]

Fish emphasizes personal evangelism

SAN ANTONIO (BP)–Roy Fish, retired professor of evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, addressed hundreds of people attending his “Equipped for Fruitful Evangelism” breakout session June 11 at the Southern Baptist Pastor’s Conference in San Antonio. Fish cited a Methodist author, W.E. Sangster, who said that the easiest way to embarrass 20th-century Christians is to […]

Bivocational’s batteries recharged at SBC

SAN ANTONIO (BP)--When Bob Butler walked his family off the airplane in Vermont that February morning, white snow was on the ground and gray clouds in the sky. This was nothing unusual for Vermont, but quite different than weather in his hometown of Tampa, Fla.

Universities open bivocational centers

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (BP)–The Southern Baptist Bivocational Ministers’ Association announced June 11 a partnership with three universities to provide regional centers for bivocational ministry. Citing a growing awareness of the specialized needs of bivocational pastors, the association’s leaders unveiled their partnership at an annual luncheon prior to the Southern Baptist Convention’s June 12-13 annual meeting […]