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The Week's Top News
IMB names Somer Nowak as prevention and response administrator
By Ann Lovell, IMB
February 11 2020
The International Mission Board (IMB) has selected Somer Nowak to fill the newly created position of prevention and response administrator for the 175-year-old entity. In this role, Nowak will oversee and manage prevention and response efforts for child abuse (physical and sexual), sexual harassment (including sexual assault) and domestic violence... read more
Pastors' conference announces speakers, theme
By Diana Chandler, Baptist Press
February 11 2020
Bestselling author Wayne Cordeiro and former International Mission Board (IMB) president David Platt are on a preliminary lineup of 2020 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference speakers announced Feb... read more
Former IMB executive William R. O'Brien dies at 86
By Mary Jane Welch, IMB
February 11 2020
William R. O'Brien, former missionary to Indonesia and retired executive vice president of the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board (now International Mission Board, IMB), died Feb. 1 at age 86. O'Brien was a creative visionary and an out-of-the-box thinker who led others to do the same, said IMB executive vice president Todd Lafferty... read more
First black Southern Baptist church casts vision for future
By Diana Chandler, Baptist Press
February 10 2020
Greater Friendship Baptist Church was the first black Southern Baptist congregation when it was founded in 1951. Nathalie Bunton, wife of Greater Friendship Baptist Church pastor Michael Bunton, leads the congregation in worship... read more
Church revitalization Q&A with Sandy Marks
By BSC Communications
February 07 2020
Last fall, the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) announced a new emphasis on strengthening existing churches. The emphasis included the formation of a newly named Church Health and Revitalization Team headed by BSC staff member Sandy Marks... read more
We're here to tell your story
Southern Baptist news media leaders are gathered this week for the annual meeting of the Association of State Baptist Publications (ASBP). I'm here with them and the time has been encouraging. There are many important conversations happening right now among Southern Baptists, some of which are controversial.

It's tempting at times to believe we need less news in order to promote unity. But that idea is misguided. In fact, we need more news about Southern Baptists, not less.

I'll leave you with a quote from Bob Smietana, editor-in-chief for Religion News Service and our keynote speaker at the ASBP meeting.

"News isn't ancillary to your mission. ... You would never know about the work of the church unless someone told you."

Southern Baptist journalists are here to tell your story – the story of how churches across North Carolina and beyond are taking the gospel to the nations. Let's pray for more of that, not less.

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