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The SBC — On the Web


The Southern Baptist Convention's official website, www.SBC.net, has been updated and makes SBC resources and information more accessible than ever before.

The website also entails "easier navigation to information and quick links to the entities of the Southern Baptist Convention," noted Chris Chapman, director of Internet services with the SBC Executive Committee in Nashville, Tenn.

SBC.net's newest features are:

SBCJobSearch, intended to become a comprehensive database of Southern Baptist ministry positions needing to be filled. Churches, SBC entities, state conventions, and local Baptist associations can register at no cost and then post specifics about job openings.

SBCSearch, providing a one-click way for Baptists to quickly search all SBC entity websites, entering any keyword into the SBCSearch engine. Search results will be pulled from such SBC entities as the International Mission Board and North American Mission Board, LifeWay Christian Resources, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the six SBC seminaries, and Annuity Board; and from Baptist Press and SBC LIFE published by the Executive Committee.

Overall, SBC.net is described by the Executive Committee as "the Single Source for all things Southern Baptist," providing "instant access to information about the ministries of the Southern Baptist Convention, position statements, sermons, historical quotes, church locations, news and sports, prayer requests, disaster relief opportunities, Cooperative Program work, teaching materials, the plan of salvation, job openings, and literally thousands of pages of other material."

Also new to SBC.net this year is SBC Bible Pathway, by which a person can read through the Bible in 365 days, reading fifteen minutes per day or at his or her own pace — with progress to be charted by the new feature. SBC Bible Pathway also features an electronic personal journal and SBCBibleSearch to locate Bible verses of interest.

Additionally, SBC ChurchSearch has been updated, Chapman reported.

Via ChurchSearch's flexible format, a person can locate Southern Baptist churches in any area of the United States — or within a radius of five, ten, or twenty miles from a user's address or zip code. Churches also can be located by partial name, or city and state. After identifying a specific church, ChurchSearch offers a map and door-to-door driving directions.

"Pastors can use ChurchSearch as a ministry resource to find a local church to minister to church members who experience a tragedy while away from home, or to contact another church body to obtain a letter of membership," the SBC website notes.

Also, ChurchSearch affords churches with no other Web presence a free and easy-to-use opportunity to publicize their service times, ministries, and more to Web surfers looking for a new church home. ChurchSearch's church information pages are designed, as SBC.net puts it, to be simple enough for anyone to complete.

Also accessible on SBC.net are:

MinisterSearch, this searchable list contains the name, address, and phone number of all Southern Baptist ministers, including: pastors; ministers of education, music, and youth; other ordained ministers; evangelists; and directors of missions.

CP Missions, information and resources about Cooperative Program (CP) Missions – the way Southern Baptist churches across the country partner together to reach the world for Christ, including support for more than 10,000 missionaries internationally and across North America.

SBC Annual Meeting, encompassing a schedule of activities for each year's Southern Baptist Convention and related meetings such as the Pastors' Conference and Woman's Missionary Union annual meeting and missions celebration. The section also includes lodging, local transportation, and childcare information. Annual meeting proceedings are broadcast live online, allowing anyone with Internet access to see and hear the sessions. During the SBC sessions, news stories, photos, and resolutions also will be posted here.

InAllThingsPray.net, the SBC's worldwide prayer room on the Internet — a place where Southern Baptists and other believers meet for prayer. In addition to prayer requests and answers to prayer, the section also provides articles, book suggestions, missions prayer requests, and e-postcards to send a word of encouragement to those requesting prayer. Through InAllThingsPray.net, users can access the Bible Pathways daily devotional.

Baptist Press and BPSports, news and features about Southern Baptist life.

SBC LIFE, the monthly journal of the Executive Committee offering a range of feature articles and ministry helps.

Baptist2Baptist.net, a repository of information about current issues in the Southern Baptist Convention. Baptist2Baptist includes Baptist Press and SBC Life articles, sermons, reports, and papers addressing topics currently being discussed by Southern Baptists. Also included in the collection are recorded audio answers to questions from Texas Baptists by the leaders of Southern Baptist entities.

The Baptist Faith and Message, the official text of the 2000 BF&M, addressing how Southern Baptists understand the lordship of Jesus, define the family, and otherwise respond to biblical teachings and mandates. The BF&M also can be compared with previous Baptist confessions, and the section includes explanatory comments from those who helped formulate the 2000 document.

• a one-stop resource for church webmasters, providing free tools, newsfeed of Baptist Press and BPSports, and graphics and logos for use in their own church websites.

• an SBC resolutions database, searchable by year or subject since 1845 to the present.

• messages by various noted Southern Baptist preachers such as W.A. Criswell, R.G. Lee, and Adrian Rogers on a section called "Southern Baptist Voices."

• a list with links to all Southern Baptist seminaries, colleges, and universities.

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