Digest

Stories of interest to Arkansas Baptists ...

Tuesday
Sep182012

'Get it done,' Page says of Gospel task

PageNASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Executive Committee, used the Book of Jonah to exhort Southern Baptists to heed the call of God to accomplish the Great Commission.

Most people think the miracle in the Book of Jonah was that a fish swallowed a man and the man survived, Page said at the Executive Committee meeting Sept. 17 in Nashville, Tenn.

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Tuesday
Sep182012

WRAP-UP: GuideStone makes pitch for new ministry assignment

HawkinsNASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – GuideStone Financial Resources president O.S. Hawkins told members of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee Tuesday (Sept. 18) that changing the entity's ministry assignment to make its investment and insurance products available to church members would benefit Southern Baptists.

Hawkins made his pitch during a PowerPoint presentation to the Executive Committee's Cooperative Program Committee, which was only gathering information and did not take a vote. A vote could take place during the EC's February 2013 meeting.

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Tuesday
Sep182012

NW convention seeking nominees for exec

VANCOUVER, Wash. (BP) – The Northwest Baptist Convention's executive director search committee is seeking nominees to lead the regional network of 440-plus churches in Oregon, Washington and north Idaho.

A five-member committee recommended by NWBC President Steve Schenewerk, pastor of Community Baptist Church in Winston, Ore., was formed after NWBC Executive Director Bill Crews announced his intent to retire at the end of 2012 or whenever a new executive director is elected by convention messengers.

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Monday
Sep172012

Ga. convention launches reorganization

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) – The Georgia Baptist Convention has reorganized around a more aggressive strategy focused on reaching more of the state's unchurched through five core initiatives.

The GBC reorganization -- the most far-reaching since 1997 -- was shared with GBC executive committee members during their fall meeting on Sept. 11 and with convention staff the previous day.

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Monday
Sep172012

Lord's Supper: LifeWay surveys churches' practices, frequency

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – The majority of Southern Baptist churches permit anyone who has put their faith in Jesus Christ to participate in the Lord's Supper, according to a survey by LifeWay Research. The survey also revealed that 57 percent of SBC churches observe the Lord's Supper quarterly.

"Denominational distinctives are often evident in how the Lord's Supper is observed," said Scott McConnell, director of LifeWay Research. "We sought to measure two attributes of Southern Baptists' remembrance of Jesus' death and resurrection: who may participate in the Lord's Supper -- with five distinct options listed -- and the frequency it is observed."

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