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SBC DIGEST: IBSA ‘Race and unity in the church’ event; NWBC building for sale


IBSA to host ‘Race and unity in the church’ virtual town hall

The Illinois Baptist State Association will host a virtual town hall Thursday (Feb. 4) at 7 p.m. called “Race and unity in the church.”

IBSA Executive Director Nate Adams will moderate the event, which will feature four panelists – Kevin Carrothers, associational mission strategist for the Salem South Baptist Association in Mt. Vernon, Ill.; Adron Robinson, senior pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Country Club Hills, Ill.; Don Sharp, pastor of Faith Tabernacle Baptist Church in Chicago; Sammy Simmons, senior pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Benton, Ill.

Register for the event here [2].

Northwest Baptist Convention building to be sold

By Cameron Crabtree


VANCOUVER, Wash. (BP) – Northwest Baptist Convention leaders are proceeding with plans for selling the current Northwest Baptist Center in central Vancouver and relocating ministry offices to a new building in a more northern part of the city.

The Northwest Baptist Center opened in 1997 with offices for NWBC ministries, the Northwest Baptist Foundation and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary’s (now Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention) Pacific Northwest Campus. It comprises about 38,000 square feet on 9 acres.

Since that time, the space needed for fewer centrally-located NWBC staff, smaller in-person enrollment at Gateway Seminary and options for remote work is significantly less than what was constructed. The current building and acreage “have served the convention’s churches well,” said Randy Adams, NWBC executive director, “but it is far larger than is needed with current staffing and requirements of the three partner entities.”

The NWBC Executive Board approved the sale and relocation during its meeting last September and messengers participating in last November’s annual meeting approved an exception to the convention’s business and financial plan that allowed the convention to incur up to $5 million in debt, if necessary, to complete the relocation and construction of a new building for the convention, foundation and seminary.

NWBC leaders have been in talks with a potential buyer for the current facility. The commercial realtor contracted to sell the building sale listed it in the fall for about $9.4 million. Considering a sale with those numbers and current expectations for a new building on another Vancouver site, NWBC leaders expect to have a significant balance of funds for “continuing investments in kingdom ministry to our churches” rather than in the maintenance and upkeep of an aging facility, Adams said.

Read the full story here [4].