Tuesday
Sep202011

Task force to study SBC name change

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) - Southern Baptist Convention President Bryant Wright has announced the appointment of a presidential task force to study the prospect of changing the 166-year-old convention's name. 

Bryant WrightWright, who was re-elected to a second one-year term during the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix this past June, said he believes the study will be helpful for two main reasons. 

"First, the convention's name is so regional," he said. "With our focus on church planting, it is challenging in many parts of the country to lead churches to want to be part of a convention with such a regional name. Second, a name change could position us to maximize our effectiveness in reaching North America for Jesus Christ in the 21st century." 

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Monday
Sep192011

LifeWay seeks buyer for Glorieta

GLORIETA, N.M. - Glorieta Conference Center, one of Southern Baptists’ two national training centers, is scaling back operations and will be sold when conditions merit.

The aging conference center outside of Santa Fe, NM, has struggled with meeting its budget for two decades and LifeWay Christian Resources has decided it can no longer subsidize the operation.

Effective Nov. 1 the conference center will reduce operations by:

• reducing its staff from 23 to 7;

• changing its focus to a summer-only facility for church student groups, Centrifuge Camps and Collegiate Week;

• permanently closing the LifeWay bookstore.

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Thursday
Sep082011

Life House Church in Texarkana vandalized

Updated on Thursday, September 15, 2011 at 7:37PM by Registered CommenterArkansas Baptist News

TEXARKANA – An Arkansas Baptist church in Texarkana was vandalized following Wednesday night services Sept. 7.

When the church’s van driver delivering children home following the services at Life House Church, Texarkana, he discovered church’s plate glass door had been shattered, said James Ross, the pastor.

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Thursday
Sep082011

First Baptist, Desha, celebrates 75 years

Tim Yarbrough
Arkansas Baptist News

DESHA – While some church anniversary celebrations focus more on past accomplishments than the present – members of First Baptist Church, Desha, acknowledge how God continues to work boldly in their midst.

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Thursday
Sep082011

Arkansas churches to commemorate 9/11

Tim Yarbrough
Arkansas Baptist News

Terrorist attacks perpetrated against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, killed thousands of Americans and changed our nation forever.

Churches across the country were packed for weeks – and in some instances months – following the attacks, as people sought refuge and answers amid the tragedy.

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, marks the 10th anniversary of the attacks and offers Arkansas Baptists an opportunity to commemorate 9/11, remember lives lost and reach out to their communities with the love of Jesus Christ.

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