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LEESBURG (FBW/FBC)—Florida pastors Ted Traylor, Charles Roesel and Cliff Lea, and past Southern Baptist Convention president Frank Page urged participants at the 2010 National Ministry Conference to reach beyond the four walls of the church by wedding evangelism and ministry to win hurting people to faith in Jesus Christ. The national conference March 18-20 at First Baptist Church of Leesburg drew 244 to hear 40 speakers and conference leaders.
NASHVILLE (FBW)—As Southern Baptists debate a Feb. 22 preliminary report of its Great Commission Resurgence Task Force, little attention is being paid to what Chairman Ronnie Floyd calls Southern Baptists’ “number one need”—a “return to God in deep repentance” and to “experience a fresh wave of [the Holy] Spirit.”
As strange as it may seem, sometimes news writing can be a spiritually convicting experience.
This issue of Florida Baptist Witness features a special report on the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force “progress report.” The package of articles is a collaborative effort with the Southern Baptist TEXAN and Illinois Baptist newspapers, offering an in-depth analysis of the initial recommendations of the GCRTF released in February. Florida Baptists will benefit greatly from carefully considering these articles as the GCRTF is expected to release its final report May 3.
EDITOR’S NOTE: April 11 is Cooperative Program Sunday in the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention. This article is adapted in large part from the video, “Cooperative Program: A Sacred Effort.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—From the founding of the convention in 1845, Southern Baptists have united around a mission of “eliciting, combining, and directing the energies of the whole denomination in one sacred effort, for the propagation of the Gospel.” NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—From the founding of the convention in 1845, Southern Baptists have united around a mission of “eliciting, combining, and directing the energies of the whole denomination in one sacred effort, for the propagation of the Gospel.”
I was talking to a pastor recently whose church had made serious cuts in its Cooperative Program support. As he gave his rationale for what was happening, he said: “I have so many people who have moved here from churches of other denominations. They have no knowledge of or commitment to the Cooperative Program.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final article in a series of commentaries examining and explaining the Baptist Faith and Message 2000, the Southern Baptist Convention’s confession of faith.
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It will be here before you know it. The Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting is June 15-16 in Orlando. I want to encourage you to please make plans to attend this year’s meeting, and be involved. I hope we’ll all be missional messengers.
A woman who is a neighbor of one of my colleagues home schools her three kids. She does a great job—except for one thing: She won’t let them read novels. At worst, they might be trashy; at best, she says, they’re a waste of time.
NASHVILLE (FBW)—The first “Component” of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force’s interim “progress report“ calls Southern Baptists to rally around a missional vision focused on the Great Commission and to “create a new and healthy culture within the Southern Baptist Convention.”