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SBC Life - Fall 2022

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As Church Staffs Grow, Ministry Leaders Look to the Bible for Titles

For generations of Southern Baptist churches, the term “pastor” had a clear and rarely debated meaning. He was the man who preached on Sundays and led the church throughout the week. But with the rise of mega-churches inside and outside the SBC and the corresponding growth of church staffs, that simplicity has changed.

Churches Declare Their Stance on Pastorship Through Ordination

There may be nuances related to ordination and how it is observed from one church to another, but the qualifications for the pastor role are crystal clear, said a collection of Southern Baptist pastors and leaders.

What Is a Pastor?

Perhaps you’ve heard about the little boy who leaned over after the Sunday sermon to tell his mother, “I’ve decided to become a pastor when I grow up.”

Southern Baptists champion religious liberty

KELLER, Texas (BP) – Growing up Baptist, Bob Roberts Jr., understood the importance of religious freedom. He’d heard the stories about Baptists who had played seminal roles in the development of religious freedom in America.

Local church autonomy makes cooperation stronger, say Southern Baptist leaders

NASHVILLE (BP) – There is an old, not-so-funny joke Southern Baptist preachers like to tell. It starts with this question: Where is the headquarters of the Southern Baptist Convention?

Sammy Tippit’s prayer life undergirds his evangelistic zeal

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (BP) -- God still is calling His people to evangelism, and veteran evangelist Sammy Tippit has added identifying and encouraging new evangelists at the same time he continues proclaiming as well as training and equipping those who are drawn to God’s love through Sammy Tippit Ministries’ worldwide evangelistic outreaches.

Southern Baptist college, seminary professors reiterate church’s role in baptism

PITTSBURGH (BP) – Siani Null thought she could earn God’s favor. If she got the right grades, spent time with the right people and gave her best as a competitive swimmer, the young college student would be the right version of herself. Not only would other people be pleased with her, but God would be pleased, too.

Seldom a ‘typical’ day in the life and ministry of WMU’s Sandy Wisdom-Martin

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—As Sandy Wisdom-Martin approaches her fifth anniversary as executive director/treasurer of national Woman’s Missionary Union, she seldom experiences a “typical” day.

Serving with Integrity and Skill: O. S. Hawkins Reflects on a Half-Century of Ministry

On a clear day from O. S. Hawkins’s office in a North Dallas high-rise, you can see all the way to Fort Worth, his hometown. It may be fewer than forty miles from Crenshaw Street on Fort Worth’s East Side, where Hawkins grew up, to GuideStone’s offices. But in many ways, it’s a world away and part of the culmination of a journey the Lord Himself orchestrated.

‘Count the faces’: SBC diversity on the rise

NASHVILLE (BP) – When messengers see more ethnic diversity on committees at this year’s SBC annual meeting, they shouldn’t be surprised. As a report by the convention’s Executive Committee puts it, such diversity long has been “the expressed desire of the Southern Baptist Convention.”

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