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Issue: SBC Life - Summer 2016

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For the Pastor’s Wife: “Sisterhood”

As I’ve walked the journey of being a minister’s wife, I have come to appreciate and understand the value of friendship among our sisterhood of minister’s wives.

Southern Baptists Need “A Long-Term Vision of Great Commission Advance”

Frank S. Page cited Southern Baptists’ decline in baptisms and missionary numbers in calling for “a groundswell of intentionality like never before to see God’s Great Commission accomplished.”

Advisory Councils Submit Reports to Executive Committee at 2016 SBC Annual Meeting

Two advisory councils submitted reports to Frank S. Page, president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee, at the Many Faces booth in the exhibit hall on Monday, June 13, 2016.

Great Commission Advance

Great Commission Advance: an aggressive global vision with a strong home base.

A Vision for the Future of the SBC

The day prior to his election as SBC president at the 2016 SBC annual meeting, Steve Gaines was interviewed at the Cooperative Program booth in the exhibit hall about his vision for the Convention should he be elected president. The following is excerpted from that interview.

SBC Annual Meeting—CP Stage in Exhibit Hall

The Cooperative Program booth and stage in the 2016 SBC annual meeting exhibit hall was a huge attraction for messengers to this year’s meeting in St. Louis.

Ezell, Rainer Appoint Disciple-Making Task Force

Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, and Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, have appointed a task force on disciple-making.

2015 Annual Church Profile Reveals Rebounds, Declines

Undesignated giving was one of only three categories of the Annual Church Profile that showed an increase in the most recent reporting year.

Behind the Scenes

At the 2016 SBC annual meeting in St. Louis, close to sixty communicators—the small Baptist Press core staff and many others partnering alongside them—served as the denomination’s official media team.

Moving to Fairbanks: Transplanting Families to Plant a Church on the Alaska Frontier

The need for more churches in Fairbanks, Alaska weighed heavily on Joe and Cindy Boney. As new church planter with the NAMB, they were praying fervently that God would show them how.