2008 SBC Annual Meeting News

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Cartoons from SBC in Indianapolis

Joe McKeever, BP cartoonist and director of missions for the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans, has created a series of cartoons dealing with the recent SBC Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.

Annie fuels evangelization, Hammond says

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)–“It happens because you don’t sit on your hands,” North American Mission Board missionary David Proffitt told pastors who led in giving to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions in 2007. The offering finances the ministry of more than 5,200 missionaries in North America. NAMB’s annual appreciation luncheon June 9 in […]

IMB thanks top-giving churches

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)–J.D. Greear recalls a time when he didn’t see missionaries in a very positive light. “I once concluded that missionaries were pastors that could not get jobs in the United States,” said the pastor of the Summit Church in Durham, N.C., during the International Mission Board’s annual pastor’s dinner June 9 in Indianapolis. “It […]

Children, youth enjoy their SBC activities

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)–Elementary school children figuratively became princes and princesses while older students climbed Mount Kilimanjaro during the Southern Baptist Convention and the preceding Pastors’ Conference in Indianapolis June 8-11. Nearly 200 children ages 4-12 attended the children’s camp led by Children Conferences International, based in Madison Heights, Mich. As part of the theme, “The Sword […]

Crossover collegians venture into the flood

NEW WHITELAND, Ind. (BP)--A team of 13 Criswell College students never imagined they would battle floodwaters as part of Crossover'08.

Church needs Jewish believers, prof says

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)–The Christian church needs Messianic believers — Jews who follow Jesus as the Messiah — for the same reason a man and woman need each other to be one flesh, a California Baptist University professor told the Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship June 7. Stokes addressed the afternoon session of the fellowship’s annual meeting, held […]

Crossover reaches Hispanic communities

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)--Despite morning downpours and flash-flood warnings, nearly 100 Southern Baptist volunteers staffed evangelistic block parties aimed at reaching Hispanics in metropolitan Indianapolis June 7.

‘No one is exempt,’ Rankin tells Hispanics

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)–Hispanics play an important role in the world missions strategy of Southern Baptists in South America, Jerry Rankin, president of the International Mission Board, told more than 100 pastors and leaders at a June 9 luncheon prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Indianapolis. “I feel very much at home with people […]

Hammond addresses Hispanic celebration

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)–Speaking in Spanish with a Portuguese accent, Geoff Hammond, president of the North American Mission Board, delighted a crowd of Hispanic Southern Baptists at a NAMB-sponsored National Hispanic Celebration June 8. “I love to be anywhere a Latin language is spoken,” Hammond told the 300-plus attendees. The multilingual missions leader, who became NAMB’s president […]

Calif. couple models Gospel urgency

INDIANAPOLIS (BP)–For Joel and Marina Jimenez, a pastor and wife from northern California, the words of North American Mission Board President Geoff Hammond tugged at their hearts. “Time is running out and the need is urgent,” Hammond said at NAMB’s National Hispanic Celebration June 8. “Let’s partner together to fulfill the Great Commission with urgency […]