Thursday
Jan262012

ABSC up nearly 2%: Conventions face budget challenges

Tim Yarbrough
Arkansas Baptist News

LITTLE ROCK – The economic downturn that slammed the United States in 2008 continues to impact giving across the Southern Baptist Convention – including in Arkansas.

However, while a number of state Baptist conventions face budget cuts and realignment as a result of the decline in missions giving, the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) actually saw its undesignated Cooperative Program receipts rise 1.52 percent in 2011 compared to a year earlier.

 

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Thursday
Jan262012

Mid-America’s Gray Allison: Soul winning at the heart of evangelism

CORDOVA, Tenn. – Since the age of 11, Gray Allison has sought to be a soul winner. For many years, as president of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, he taught pastors and the next generation of evangelists to do just that.

Allison“I learned a good bit about evangelism from Dr. Roland Q. Level, president and professor of evangelism at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (NOBTS) when I was his student,” said Allison, who is president emeritus and professor of church history, evangelism, missions and homiletics at Mid-America. “I served as his teaching fellow and caught something of his spirit. Since that time, I have been trying to teach others how to witness. I have had a burden to train others since that time, which was in the early 1950s.”

 

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Thursday
Jan262012

UA BCM students serve at Cotton Bowl

ARLINGTON, Texas – More than 180 Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM) students from the University of Arkansas, and Kansas State University Christian Challenge, joined forces Jan. 5 to help people in need prior to the Cotton Bowl game between the two universities.

University of Arkansas mascotThe Bowl Service Project was conducted through Mission Arlington and coordinated by Angela Oxford, who serves as director of the Center for Community Engagement at the University of Arkansas. Oxford once served on the Arkansas State University BCM staff.

 

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Wednesday
Jan252012

Kaleo Arkansas brings students, leaders together

SHERWOOD – Despite the activity surrounding the Arkansas Baptist State Convention’s (ABSC) 2012 State Conference on Evangelism and Church Growth, students and ministry leaders found time to come together at the Kaleo Arkansas Dinner held Jan. 23 at First Baptist Church, Sherwood. 

ForbisAccording to the Kaleo Arkansas website, “Kaleo Arkansas seeks to provide resources and support for our churches and associations as they equip those called to ministry in knowing and affirming God’s call to ministry leadership through life-on-life relationships that provide encouragement and opportunities for ministry leadership development throughout Southern Baptist life.”

 

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Wednesday
Jan252012

Cross-cultural evangelism important, says Smith

SHERWOOD – Robert Smith, professor of Christian preaching at Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., spoke on the necessity for being cross-cultural in evangelism during the Arkansas Baptist State Convention’s 2012 State Conference on Evangelism and Church Growth.

Smith“I think if we’re going to reach across Arkansas or across any land, we have to do it cross-culturally,” Smith said.

 

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