|June 10, 2014 by K. Barbara Denman, Baptist Press|
|In a year when the Southern Baptist Convention focused on "Restoration & Revival Through Prayer," Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd has been elected as the Southern Baptist Convention's president.|
|June 10, 2014 by NAMB/Baptist Press|
36 Baltimore-area Baptist churches joined arms with nearly 2,000 volunteers from 18 states and Canada to serve the Baltimore community preceded the beginning of the 2014 SBC annual meeting.
|June 10, 2014 by Baptist Press|
Pastors, churches and the convention must catch a glimpse of God’s glory to fuel their mission, speakers said at the 2014 Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference.
|June 10, 2014 by Shannon Baker, Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware|
The International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board commissioned 96 missionaries sponsored by the Woman’s Missionary Union at the Baltimore Convention Center.
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SBC: 'We're not dead'
Reports of declining baptisms and low giving patterns in the ranks of Southern Baptist churches do not necessarily translate into the death of the convention. Before anyone considers funeral arrangements, a trip to the annual convention in Baltimore would be in order.
The tone of the Baltimore event was upbeat. IMB president Tom Elliff reported the highest Lottie Moon offering in history. Frank Page, president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee, reported that the percentage of Cooperative Program gifts was slightly up last year, after 30 years of decline. North American Mission Board president, Kevin Ezell, is optimistic about church planting movements in strategic cities, and Southern Baptists are responding positively to the mission opportunities on the home continent.
Reports from our SBC agencies and institutions are upbeat. Fellowship in the convention halls is always valuable. Of course, the pastors' conference and related meetings add heaping doses of inspiration, conviction and challenge.
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