H.B. Charles Jr. to be SBC Pastors' Conference nominee

 
H.B. Charles Jr., the lead pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church with campuses in Jacksonville and Orange Park, is going to be nominated to be president of the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference. “I have been incredibly impressed with his skill for the Word of God and love of the church,” said Ken Whitten, pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church in the Tampa area, who will make the nomination at this year’s SBC Pastors’ ...

Graves: It’s my time to step aside, show support for Charles

 
A month after it was announced that Brad Graves, pastor of First Baptist Church in Ada, Okla., would be nominated to serve as the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference, he has confirmed that he wants his name to be withdrawn from consideration. Graves made his decision after being told that Jacksonville Pastor H.B. Charles Jr. also was going to be nominated as the 2018 Pastors’ Conference president when Southern Baptists gather next month in ...

SBC Pastors' Conference to spotlight the book of Philippians

 
Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference president Dave Miller doesn't expect attendees of this year's sessions to recognize the names of all 12 conference preachers. But that's OK, he said, because the preachers' names aren't the focus. With the theme "above every name," the June 11-12 gathering is centered on 12 pastors of average-sized Southern Baptist churches preaching through the biblical book of Philippians to exalt Jesus' name. Miller, pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Sioux City, Iowa, said the preacher-selection process for ...

Pastors Conference scholarships already exceed expectations

 
The Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference has announced the first 30 recipients of $1,000 scholarships to attend the Pastors' Conference and SBC annual meeting this summer in Phoenix. With more scholarship announcements anticipated within weeks, the first wave of awards already has exceeded the estimated 5-20 scholarships Pastors' Conference leaders had hoped to fund. "We are thrilled that we have been able to help this group of men to attend, grateful to those who have given and anticipate giving out even more ...

Brad Graves to be nominated for SBC Pastors' Conference president

 
Brad Graves, pastor of First Baptist Church in Ada, Okla., will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference, according to an announcement by Missouri pastor Malachi O'Brien. O'Brien, SBC second vice president and pastor of prayer and church revitalization at First Baptist Church in Raytown, Mo., stated in an April 13 announcement to Baptist Press Graves "is a leader that God is using mightily." "Just recently, First Baptist Church of Ada experienced the presence of God in ...

Gaines, Greear, Luter, Hunt to lend support to Pastors' Conference

 
Celebrating smaller membership churches in the Southern Baptist Convention is a key aspect of this year's Pastors' Conference. However, key leaders are calling for broad participation by pastors regardless of the size of their church. "The core of the SBC has always been faithful men and women living out the Great Commission in local churches without the benefits of large platforms, big budgets or headline recognition," J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., ...

What's planned for SBC's Pastors' Conference? Check this out!

 
This year's Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference has already promised several firsts, including the first time all preachers will be from small- and medium-sized churches and all sermons will walk through a book of the Bible expositionally. This year's Pastors'Conference added another first—the first time the speakers met in advance to discuss their passages to ensure cohesive unity to their sermons. Eleven of the 12 pastors, whose churches range in attendance from 60 to 500, met with Pastors' Conference officers as well ...