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149th SBC meets in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) – In a sermon focused on witnessing, baptizing and Cooperative Program missions, Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch concluded his two years of service June 14 at the SBC’s annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C.

MADAME SECRETARY: Moral leadership needed to confront evil

GREENSBORO (BP) – Without America’s moral leadership, the world could easily descend into chaos and despotism, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said June 14 at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C.

Frank Page SBC president

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP/FBW) – Frank Page, pastor of First Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C., elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention during its annual meeting June 13-14 in Greensboro, was the first of five men to complete the slate of officers to lead the 16.2 million-member denomination for the next year.

Wicker president ‘07 SBC pastors’ conference

GREENSBORO, N.C. (FBW) – Hayes Wicker, pastor of First Baptist Church in Naples, was elected without opposition to lead next year’s Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference during the group’s annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C., held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Messengers refer motion by IMB trustee to IMB

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) – Messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention referred a motion to the International Mission Board raising concern over the appointment of trustees, alleged coercion of IMB staff and the narrowing of doctrinal parameters for missionary appointees. The board is to issue a report at the SBC’s 2007 meeting in San Antonio.

Point of View

I love conventions! I love attending the Southern Baptist Convention! We had a wonderful convention in Greensboro. It was my twentieth year to serve as a SBC parliamentarian. To assist SBC President Dr. Bobby Welch was a pleasure. He “bent-over-backward” to be fair on all issues. In fact, at times he went out of his way to accommodate some folks. We as Florida Baptists can thank God for the sterling leadership of Bobby Welch, who has served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Daytona Beach for 31 years. Thank you, Mr. President, for two wonderful and fruitful years at the helm of our denomination.


During the past several years we have begun to witness the passing of a generation of godly leaders that helped to right the ship of the Southern Baptist Convention. Many of those who labored diligently to help return our convention to its conservative roots are now passing that mantle of leadership down to the next generation: men such as Adrian Rogers, Jerry Vines, and now Bobby Welch.

Point of View

Recently, I told you about Michael Schiavo’s new book, Terri: The Truth. I compared reading the book to “falling down Alice‘s rabbit hole and ending up in a new and bizarre world.” This world is “a scary place” where “survival of the fittest” is taken to a whole new level — a world that Christians must never stop fighting against.

Eighteen Floridians elected, appointed to SBC posts

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) — Two Floridians were appointed by Southern Baptist Con­ven­tion President Bobby Welch to serve on the SBC’s Committee on Committees which assembled in Greensboro, N.C., just prior to the SBC’s June 13-14 annual meeting.

Most new SBC trustees first-time nominees

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) — New trustees of the Southern Baptist Convention’s entities are diverse, have an average age of 48 and are overwhelmingly first-time nominees.

Cox issues ‘Everyone Can’ challenge

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) — Southern Baptists heard four “Points of Challenge” speakers addressing them as individuals, as churches and as a convention during the SBC annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C., June 13-14.

Re-ignite vision Wilton encourages SBC

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) — “It is time for all Southern Baptists to re-ignite the vision, to reenlist our energies and to realign our focus — not as anyone other than the people of God,” Don Wilton, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Spartanburg, S.C., urged messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention June 14.

‘Major on the majors,’ Chapman exhorts Southern Baptists

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)—Southern Baptists must put aside divisions over minor issues and reaffirm their commitment to cooperate in missions if they hope to reach the world with the message of Jesus, Morris H. Chapman, president of the SBC Executive Committee, said June 13.

Young leader concerns among motions at SBC

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) — Messengers offered more than 25 motions during the opening day of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting, proposing actions related to young Christian leaders, the planning and conducting of future SBC meetings and the initiation of possible studies by the SBC Executive Committee.

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