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SBC DIGEST: Arkansas church prioritizes CP; 2021 Blume event canceled

Cross Church in northwest Arkansas has announced a 10-year vision for all four of its campuses as well as an increase in its giving through the Cooperative Program. WMU has announced that Blume, a missions event for girls scheduled for summer 2021, has been canceled.

SBC DIGEST: ERLC condemns Chinese Communist Party; GuideStone aids Georgia pastors

During the current 45th session of the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, the ERLC advocated for the religious freedom of children in China. While acknowledging no minister of the Gospel ever truly retires from service to the Lord, every pastor should consider how to prepare for his vocational retirement and the ministry God may have in his latter years.

FROM THE SEMINARIES: SWBTS receives MacGorman library; MBTS represented at ETS

J.W. “Jack” MacGorman, long-time professor of New Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, is donating his personal library to the seminary; Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary will be represented by 39 faculty members, current Ph.D. students, and recent graduates as they present scholarly papers at the 72nd annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society.

SBC DIGEST: Women’s Leadership Forum; Bible storying in Madagascar; Hurricane recovery for churches

This year’s LifeWay Women’s Leadership Forum won’t look like it has in years past; In the last 10 years, believers in southwest Madagascar have crafted more than 100 local dialect Bible stories; Churches are invited to an informational meeting on Oct. 27 at East Ridge Baptist Church in Lake Charles, La.

SBC DIGEST: ETCH Conference recap; Research fellowship to host annual meeting online

“Reach” was the theme of this year’s ETCH Conference; The Southern Baptist Research Fellowship (SBRF) has announced its 43rd annual meeting theme, schedule and speakers.

SBC DIGEST: Psalm 139 Project places ultrasound machine; Asian American leaders meet with GuideStone

The Psalm 139 Project placed an ultrasound machine at Mosaic Sexual Health Clinic in Tallahassee; Leaders of the various Southern Baptist Asian American organizations met virtually with GuideStone leaders Thursday (Oct. 8).

SBC DIGEST: Laurie recovers from COVID-19; Dockery receives Dodd Award

Pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie has recovered from COVID-19, he announced in a video message on his Facebook page Friday (Oct. 9).; Union University has presented longtime university president David S. Dockery with its M.E. Dodd Denominational Service Award.

FROM THE STATES: Oklahoma ministry leader killed in accident; Missouri Baptists launch podcast on aging

Clyde Cain, a well-known Oklahoma Baptist pastor and ministry leader, died Tuesday morning (Oct. 6). The Baptist Home launched a new podcast this month to spotlight what God’s Word says about aging.

SBC DIGEST: IMB ‘Future of Missions’ event; Women’s ‘One Day’ training event

The IMB will host a virtual event highlighting the global, cultural and spiritual realities that are impacting and shaping the future of international missions. The "One Day. One Focus." virtual event Oct. 29 will bring together women’s ministry leaders, women in ministry, missionaries and church planting wives from around the globe.

FROM THE SEMINARIES: NOBTS resumes in-person chapel; SWBTS students hear call to Central Asia

After long months of COVID-19 restrictions, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary returned to a regular, in-person chapel schedule Oct. 6. During the Going Global lunch Sept. 15, IMB leaders shared their vision for mission work with SWBTS students as well as specific opportunities for students.