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ABN edition for May 1, 2014

Floyd: ‘Let’s complete the Great Commission’

SPRINGDALE – Texas-born Ronnie Floyd has called Arkansas home since 1986 when he became pastor of First Baptist Church, Springdale. Nearly twenty-eight years later Floyd is a die-hard Razorback fan and pastor of Cross Church (formerly First Baptist) – one of America’s largest evangelical churches, with five campuses in Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale and most-recently, Neosho, Mo.

In addition to serving in the local church, Floyd has served in numerous leadership capacities in the Southern Baptist Convention on local, state and national levels. Perhaps most notably, Floyd chaired the Great Commission Resurgence (GCR) Task Force, which led to a strategic shift in the way Southern Baptist entities carry out the Great Commission, including a shift in the way money is allocated for kingdom work.

ABN: What do you see as major challenges of the Southern Baptist Convention as a denomination in the 21st century?

Floyd: I believe the greatest challenge we have is for a fresh, mighty move of God across our churches and across the leaders of our churches, as well as across the leaders of our convention. … But I think also we have to find a way … to accelerate the completion of the Great Commission in our generation.

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Crowds greet Master’Singers in Ukraine

BERDICHEV, Ukraine – Arkansas Baptists ministering in Ukraine as a part of the Arkansas Master’Singers choir are experiencing “phenomenal” crowds as they perform in the country that has experienced political upheaval and a change in presidential leadership in recent months. The 80-voice choir has plans to visit four different regions of western Ukraine to perform in 11 evangelistic concerts, where the choir will sing and international evangelist Michael Gott will preach. Organizers of the trip are expecting more than 15,000 people will 

attend the special ministry events.

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Mother, daughter live and minister together

LITTLE ROCK – While Julia Ketner teaches stress management and conflict management seminars for Arkansas River Valley Baptist Association’s Christian Women’s Job Corps (CWJC), you can find her 94-year-old mother, Mazie Julia Ketner, patiently crocheting nearby. Mazie Ketner crochets hot pads, dishrags and baby blankets. The hot pads and dishrags are given to the CWJC site, its participants and various others, while the baby blankets are given to residents of the Promise House, a maternity home for unwed preteen and teenage girls run by the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries.

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Southern Baptists to meet, minister in Baltimore

BALTIMORE – Prayer and revival will be the focus of the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Annual Meeting which is to be held June 10-11 at the Baltimore Convention Center located in the city’s famous ‘Inner Harbor.’ SBC President Fred Luter applauded the emphasis of the annual meeting, to be built around the theme Restoration and Revival Through Prayer.

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- 300-plus pastors pray for revival, renewal
- Floyd: 'Let's complete the Great Commission'
- Mother, daughter live and minister together
- Tracy Hooks named ABN Mother of Year
- Day of ministry 'impacts' Little Rock
- ABN Digest: Judge rules against Caner in video lawsuit
- ABN Digest: La. College votes to end Aguillard's presidency
- ABN Digest: Mississippi 20-week abortion bill signed
- Editorial cartoon by Gary Thomas (Exclusive to the ABN)
- Family Matters: Smell the roses
- President's Perspective: 'Upside-down' leadership
- Financial Times: Getting the right help
- Arkansas Baptist communicators win BCA awards
- Cross Church launches 5th campus
- Collegians encouraged to connect to Church
- ABN Father of Year contest
- Across Arkansas
- Bedding Mart donates mattresses to Ark. Baptist Children's Homes
- Bonus Content: Bivocational ministry not a stretch to those called

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