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SBC Crossover reaches out to New Orleans

Victor Benevedes (center) and Eugene Sinceno (left) lead a man to Christ at Carrolton Baptist Church in Kenner, La., during a Crossover event June 15. The event was held prior to the June 19-20 155th Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Photo by John Swain.NEW ORLEANS (BP) – More than 1,500 Southern Baptist volunteers from 59 New Orleans area churches and many others from across the nation shared the Gospel at Crossover, the evangelistic emphasis preceding the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. Their efforts stretched from the Lower Ninth Ward outward to Metairie and Kenner. Counting 38 block parties June 16 as well as special events and door-to-door community evangelism efforts throughout the week, at least 870 people made decisions for Christ during Crossover 2012.

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SBC nominees' 2011 key stats

NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Church statistics related to announced nominees for the offices of Southern Baptist Convention president and vice presidents have been compiled by Baptist Press, primarily drawing from the Annual Church Profile maintained by LifeWay Christian Resources.


Fred Luter, pastor, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans -- In 2011, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church reported weekly worship attendance of 4,500; 204 baptisms; undesignated receipts of $4,456,899; Cooperative Program contributions of $193,791; $372,727 in Great Commission Giving and $394,304 in total missions expenditures. Contributions to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions or the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions were not reported.

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'Sinner's Prayer' among proposed resolutions

NEW ORLEANS (BP) – The Sinner's Prayer, same-sex marriage and civil rights, and "racist statements" in Mormon documents are among the topics being discussed in various media about resolutions that pastors state they submitted for the Southern Baptist Convention's Resolution Committee to consider in preparation for the June 19-20 annual meeting in New Orleans.

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SBC baptisms and churches up in 2011, membership declines

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – The Southern Baptist Convention in 2011 reported an increase in the number of baptisms and total churches over the previous year, but declined in total membership, according to the Annual Church Profile (ACP) compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with Baptist state conventions. Southern Baptist churches baptized 333,341 in 2011, a 0.70 percent increase from the 331,008 reported in the SBC Annual last year. The number of churches in the SBC in 2011 totaled 45,764 -- a slight 0.08 percent increase over the previous year, even though primary worship attendance declined 0.65 percent in 2011, to 6,155,116.

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Oklahoma City Thunder chaplain is Baptist minister

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) – As a young boy, Cedric Hardimon dreamed of someday playing in the NBA. Little did he know God would place him in ministry to NBA players.