2016 SBC Annual Meeting

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WRAP-UP: EC recommends expanding membership

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Four states or territories would gain representation on the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee under a recommendation adopted during the EC's Sept. 19-20 meeting in Nashville for presentation at the SBC annual meeting in June 2017. The recommendation would amend SBC Bylaw 18 to exempt the states and territories of the Dakotas, Iowa, Minnesota-Wisconsin and Montana from Bylaw 30's requirement that territories have 15,000 members in cooperating Baptist churches to qualify for EC representation.

N.C. restroom bill doesn’t deter SBC annual meeting

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Amid controversy over North Carolina's controversial transgender restroom law, Southern Baptist Convention leaders estimate they're less than two weeks away from finalizing contracts to hold the 2023 SBC annual meeting in Charlotte. And they say they're glad to support the state for its moral stand on gender and sexuality. SBC President Steve Gaines said that "while other organizations such as the ...

Video highlights Southern Baptists in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (BP) -- A video released July 6 by immediate past Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd condenses 17 hours of proceedings from the June 14-15 SBC annual meeting in St. Louis into a 20-minute highlight reel. "This video may be just a personal blessing to you or something you may want to share with your church or through social networking," Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, wrote in a blog post announcing the video. "To God's glory, we left St. Louis after back-to-back historic days. Let these highlights encourage you about our cooperative work to reach the world for Christ."

BAPTISTS: ‘Big tent’ conservative cooperation

Even among "suits and skinny jeans ... red and yellow, black and white," Southern Baptists have unity, New Mexico pastor Andrew Hebert writes. "We cooperate together because of our common doctrinal and missional commitments. That which unites us is greater than that which divides us."

Collegiate ministries evolve into multiplying churches

ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Channeling college students' zeal for Christ drew the focus of two panel discussions held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in St. Louis. The purpose of the panels, which took place on the Cooperative Program stage in the exhibit hall at America's Center, showcased missions and ministry funded by the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists' unified giving channel.

Veteran communicators tell SBC story

ST. LOUIS (BP) -- They have been firsthand witnesses of Southern Baptist history in the making. Through their lenses, desktops, and now laptops, they have shared that witness time and time again over the past 30-plus years. At the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in St. Louis, close to 60 communicators -- some Baptist Press staff and others partnering alongside them -- served as the denomination's official media team. Among them were seven communicators who collectively have more than 150 years of experience serving ...

Lausanne conference focuses on Jewish evangelism

ST.LOUIS (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship's partnership with the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism remains valuable in reaching Jewish people across the globe.

Insights for struggling churches relayed at SBC

ST. LOUIS (BP) -- More than 175 Southern Baptists interested in the work of replanting struggling churches convened for the first-ever National Replant Gathering prior to the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention. Sponsored by the North American Mission Board, the gathering was designed to connect those engaged in the replanting process with one another, as well as to encourage and train them.

Leading change in church focus of LifeWay panel

ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Leading change in a church can be difficult and must be navigated with prayer, love and patience, pastors acknowledged in a panel discussion held during the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in St. Louis. LifeWay Christian Resources hosted more than 800 church leaders for a free breakfast and discussion on "Leading Change in the Church." LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer unpacked three things most leaders forget to do when leading change: begin with prayer, pray with a guiding coalition, and see crises as opportunities.

TRUSTEES: NAMB celebrates Send Relief launch

ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Trustees of the North American Mission Board met June 13 and approved the entity's 2017 budget, voted on several recommendations, heard reports on NAMB's church planting efforts and celebrated the launch of Send Relief. In his report to trustees, NAMB President Kevin Ezell noted highlights from NAMB's launch of its Send Relief compassion ministry in conjunction with the SBC's annual meeting in St. Louis, June 14-15. NAMB also hosted a June 13 luncheon attended by 3,000 during the SBC Pastors' Conference and helped coordinate a block party during Crossover evangelism efforts at First Baptist Ferguson, Mo. The block party featured a mobile medical clinic, mobile dental clinic and installation of smoke detectors in homes near the church, in partnership with the American Red Cross.