Kaleo Arkansas conference set for April

Kaleo Arkansas ’12, a conference for students interested in becoming Christian leaders, has been set for April 21 at Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock.

The one-day conference will feature Jeff Iorg, president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, as keynote speaker. Christian band Jupiter Wind will also perform.

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CSBC report contends: Changes at NAMB impact Calif. mission

FRESNO, Calif. – The California Southern Baptist Convention (CSBC) has released a report on what it calls a breakdown in its partnership with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and how new strategic initiatives by the Southern Baptist entity impact mission work in the state.

Titled “North American Mission Board’s Strategic Shifts and the Impact on California Southern Baptist Convention,” the report lists seven actions taken by NAMB that the convention believes will adversely affect its ability “to carry out strategic initiatives given to it by the churches.” CSBC Executive Director Fermín Whittaker, along with assistance from his administrative staff, compiled the report.


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Scholarships make Christian higher education affordable

WALNUT RIDGE – You could call it “sticker shock.” Lots of students, and their parents, are very interested in a Christian college or university, but the costs they see on the front end can appear pretty daunting.

Don’t despair, say financial aid professionals. Scholarships are available, and they can make Christian higher education very affordable.

The important thing is to look at the bottom-line cost after scholarships are figured in, rather than to be intimidated by a school’s stated tuition, housing and college fee expenses.

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'Great Commission Baptists' is proposed description of SBC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – “Great Commission Baptists” is proposed description for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC).

A task force appointed by SBC President and Georgia pastor Bryant Wright of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, Ga., recommended the new description for Southern Baptists unhappy with the current name of the convention. They will now have the option of adding another descriptor to their signs, stationary, or identification, or simply do nothing at all, according to a report of the SBC name change committee.

The announcement was made at the SBC Executive Committee meeting held at Feb. 20 in Nashville.

The Great Commission Baptists verbiage could use in addition to the SBC name or in place of it, Committee Chairman Jimmy Draper told Executive Committee members on Feb. 20.

​The descriptor will not require a legal name change and so, if recommended to messengers in New Orleans in June and approved by those messengers, it would be available for immediate use. Since it does not change the denomination’s historic name there would be no need for it to be approved at a second convention.

​The description is completely voluntary and is not binding on any congregation, state convention, or national entity.

Information for this story was provided by Joe Westbury, managing editor of The Christian Index, the official newsmagazine of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

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Kansas-Nebraska state exec says NAMB changes present huge challenges

REPORTS FROM a number of state conventions related to changes in NAMB funding have surfaced the past several months and some are now public. 

MillsIn a recent column in Baptist Digest, the official publication of the Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists (KNCSB), Executive Director Bob Mills recounted a number of what he called “significant consequences” affecting work in the states.

“Change is ever-present in our relationship with the North American Mission Board,” Mills wrote.

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