2005 SBC Annual Meeting

2005 SBC Annual Meeting Coverage

Official registration statistics released for SBC in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Nearly 83 percent of the 11,641 messengers who attended the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2005 annual meeting drove to Nashville, while 15.4 percent flew in, according to official statistics released by SBC Registration Secretary Jim Wells.

Hispanics say, ‘Yes! We can!’ to church planting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–With the rallying imperative “Yes! We can!” Fermin Whittaker, executive director of the California Southern Baptist Convention, opened the North American Mission Board’s Eighth Annual Hispanic Church Planting Celebration June 19 at The People’s Church in Franklin, Tenn.

Younger leaders call for ‘missional revolution’ in SBC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–James T. Draper Jr. called for a revolution. Jeff Harris called for it to be plotted on a napkin.

Bikers distribute toys to children’s hospital, homes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–After a simple prayer in the shadow of the towering Gaylord Entertainment Center on the fringes of the city’s tavern district, FAITH Riders ministry made a convoy nearly three blocks long on their latest ride of mercy.

Draper underscores importance of ‘associational history’

NASHVILLE (BP)–Whether viewing creation from a microscope or telescope, God prefers to do things in association rather than isolation, James T. Draper Jr., president of LifeWay Christian Resources, told the Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Directors of Missions’ June 19-20 annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

Russ Lee visits troops in Iraq, brings back their request: ‘Don’t forget to pray for us’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–If your phone rang with an invitation to spend two weeks with soldiers in Iraq, what would your first reaction be?

Gamble: Homeschooling, Christian schools find common ground

NASHVILLE, Tenn (BP)–Advocates of homeschool and Christian schools met June 22 in a Kingdom Education Summit to explore strategies for enlisting more families to teach their own children at home or enroll them in a Christian school with a biblical worldview.

‘Everyone Can’ launches to cheers, shofar

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–“I want ‘em to hear us in hell,” Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch said in the concluding session of the SBC’s June 21-22 annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

Whitten to Southern Baptists: ‘Rescue the perishing’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Blending conservative resurgence history, a text out of Acts 27 and a line from a hymn, Ken Whitten, pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa, delivered the Southern Baptist Convention sermon June 22 in Nashville, Tenn.

Disney boycott off
Education resolution calls for more parental scrutiny

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The Southern Baptist Convention approved June 22 resolutions proclaiming an end to its eight-year boycott of The Disney Company and urging parents and churches to examine textbooks and programs in “community schools” and affirming their efforts to advocate the removal of “offensive material.”

‘Everyone Can–and I’m it!’
Editorial

From moments after the initial gavel was brought down by President Bobby Welch Tuesday Morning, June 21, officially opening the 148th session of the Southern Baptist Convention, to the very end of the annual meeting on the next evening, messengers in the Gaylord Entertainment Center were regularly exhorted by our president with the now familiar question-answer challenge which he has made the rally cry of a renewed evangelistic emphasis for the nation’s largest non-Catholic denomination.

Billy Graham bronze sculpture model revealed at SBC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The Southern Baptist Convention will unveil a bronze statue honoring the life and ministry of evangelist Billy Graham at the 2006 annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C., SBC President Bobby Welch announced during the closing session of the 2005 annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

Smith honored for four decades of leadership

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–“When the next history of African American Southern Baptists is written, Sid Smith will be seen as a giant.”

African American Fellowship adopts new name, elects officers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–A new name and new president garnered the attention of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention June 19-20.

Welch tells reporters SBC ready

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch was seeing two signs of a successful SBC annual meeting: the mobilization of thousands of Baptists for the June 18 Crossover evangelistic outreach and the increased attendance at the June 21-22 sessions in Nashville, Tenn.

‘Little dead frogs’ focus of Welch sermon illustration

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)– Holding up a flat dead frog he pulled from a plastic bag in his coat pocket, Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch made a “presidential, passionate, personal appeal” for Southern Baptists to focus more fervently on evangelism and baptism.

GuideStone reflects our ‘roots’ Hawkins tells SBC

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention is “our fourth name in our 87-year history,” President O.S. Hawkins said in his report to the SBC June 22, “and we believe affirms our roots and direction.”

Draper: Churches need to be ‘rescue stations’ for the lost

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The glory of the Southern Baptist Convention is that the design of its organizations is to preach the Gospel to the whole world, said James T. Draper Jr., president of LifeWay Christian Resources. But, he added, “We have often allowed our churches to become country clubs for members instead of rescue stations for the lost. We are slow to venture beyond the safety of our walls.”

Value voters America’s new political force says ERLC president

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–“I’m Richard Land and I vote my values. And from what the pollsters found out, you vote your values, too,” the president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission pronounced, opening the entity’s report to the SBC annual meeting June 20.

President Bush commends Southern Baptists

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–President Bush told Southern Baptists June 21 their belief in a “free church in a free state” requires establishing a culture of compassion.

IMB’s Rankin: Tsunami affected Kingdom work

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The huge tsunami waves that devastated Asia’s coastlines six months ago shrink in comparison to the waves of lostness – and God’s Spirit – sweeping the world, Southern Baptist Convention messengers heard during the International Mission Board’s report June 22.

WMU honors outgoing president, hears McDonnall

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–A record 1,354 people, including 115 international and North American missionaries, attended the 117th annual Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting of Woman’s Missionary Union June 19-20 at the historic First Baptist Church in downtown Nashville, Tenn.

Former Iraq soldier baptized during SBC annual meeting
Extend purpose to passion Kay Warren tells ladies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Kay Warren, wife of the well-known author of The Purpose-Driven Life, called the wives of preachers to be purpose-driven women at the 50th anniversary of the annual Southern Baptist Ministers’ Wives Conference.

Humor, biblical counsel at new ministers’ wives session

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–More than 1,000 women gathered in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium June 20 in what will become a yearly Monday morning conference for ministers’ wives in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference.

NAMB announces fall launch of ‘See Who Cares’ media campaign

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–North American Mission Board President Robert E. (Bob) Reccord announced plans June 21 for the launching of a national evangelistic media campaign this fall and unveiled a new Internet broadcast media platform designed to help churches of all sizes share the Gospel throughout the world.

Messengers adopt sole membership for New Orleans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (SBT) – The charter of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary was amended by messengers meeting in Nashville declaring the Southern Baptist Convention as the sole member of the seminary’s legal corporation. Passing by a margin of 78 to 21 percent, 5,627 messengers voted for the corporate model language while 1,528 voted against the change.

NOBTS files ‘sole membership’ charter with state of Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (NOBTS) – New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary President Chuck Kelley and NOBTS trustee secretary Phil Hanberry signed the school’s new charter June 27. The new charter, approved by messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting, names the convention as sole member of the seminary corporation.

730 Korean Baptists hold annual meeting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–A new president, executive director and increased budget due to the purchase of a headquarters building were among matters addressed during the annual meeting of the Council of Korean Southern Baptists in America, held in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting.

FAITH in Spanish leads to 30 new believers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Sharing the FAITH Sunday School evangelism strategy in Spanish, a Hispanic evangelist who led 30 people to Christ during Crossover Nashville said he believes using a simple survey to share Christ can work “amazingly well.”

Group for visually-impaired ministry reorganizes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The Great Commission should compel Southern Baptists to conduct ministry among visually impaired men and women, Paul Ferrara said during a reorganizational meeting of the Southern Baptist Conference of the Blind June 18-19 in Nashville, Tenn.

Messianic hope ‘shines’ in Hebrew Bible

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–While most Christians believe some Old Testament writers predicted the coming of Jesus Christ, one Bible scholar says few people realize that Messianic passages in the Hebrew Bible are far more numerous than today’s popular translations of the Bible reveal.

Florida pastors and laymen appointed to SBC posts

NASHVILLE (FBW)–Several Florida pastors and laymen were among the nominees slated for re-election and election to various SBC boards and commissions during the Southern Baptist Convention June 21-22 in Nashville, Tenn. The nominations were made by the 2005 Committee on Nominations.

SBC messengers propose 24 motions in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Messengers proposed 24 motions during the opening day of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting on such topics as theological training for missionaries, Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and ministry to people seeking to overcome “same-sex” attractions.

Southern Baptist seminaries reaching the world

NASHVILLE (BP)–Throughout the two-day Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 21-22 in Nashville, Tenn., each of the six Southern Baptist seminary presidents gave a report to messengers. Each of the six seminaries is a separate entity of the Southern Baptist Convention and supported by the SBC’s missions funding mechanism, the Cooperative Program.

Florida Baptists in Tennessee for SBC annual meeting

NASHVILLE (FBW)–Nearly 700 registered messengers and many guests joined with hundreds of musicians, a number of program personalities and Southern Baptist Convention president, Bobby Welch, to represent Florida in a week-long series of meetings and events culminating June 21-22 in one of the largest annual business meetings in the world.

Texas pastor honored with M.E. Dodd award for CP giving
Bobby Welch re-elected to SBC’s presidency

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Bobby Welch, pastor of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fla., was re-elected to a second one-year term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention June 21. There were no other nominations for the office.

SBC resolutions lift Disney boycott, urge parental diligence in education

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The Southern Baptist Convention approved June 22 resolutions proclaiming an end to its eight-year boycott of The Disney Company and urging parents and churches to examine textbooks and programs in “community schools” and affirming their efforts to advocate the removal of “offensive material.”

Bobby Welch re-elected to SBC’s presidency

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Bobby Welch, pastor of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fla., was re-elected to a second one-year term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention June 21. There were no other nominations for the office.

Crossover door-to-door gives impetus to Welch’s ‘Everyone Can’ initiative

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Volunteer teams recorded more than 17,500 visits at homes and apartments across Nashville June 18 according to preliminary figures from the “door-to-door” Crossover evangelistic thrust preceding the Southern Baptist Convention’s June 21-22 annual meeting.

Crossover, SBC annual meeting kicks off summer of ‘firsts’

NASHVILLE (FBW)—In a summer of firsts, Romeo Baptist Church in Dunnellon sent its youth on the church’s first youth mission trip. It was also the first time the congregation’s senior pastor, Shawn Cutshall, attended a Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

Bikes roar into Nashville on a mission

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Youthful Tammy Bugg stowed her motorcycle helmet in a compartment of a powder-blue Harley and headed toward the hostess’ stand at the Spaghetti Factory when another diner pointed and sighed, “It’s one of those orange people.”

Pastors baptize 17 at SBC

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) — Multiple ethnic groups and family units were represented among those baptized during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Greensboro, N.C., June 13-14.

Florida Baptists lead the way in Greensboro
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Family missions involvement highlighted in WMU report

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) — Families are important to Woman’s Missionary Union — so important that WMU spent most of its report to the Southern Baptist Convention emphasizing key opportunities for families to learn about and do missions together.

WMU marks Mission Friends’ birthday, urged to ‘live the call’

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) — Woman’s Missionary Union Executive Director Wanda Lee ended WMU’s annual Missions Celebration by urging women to go forth with a heart of joy and “live the call” of God.

Messengers reject EC motion asking WMU to affirm loyalty to the SBC

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)–An Executive Committee recommendation for Woman’s Missionary Union to reaffirm its loyalty to the Southern Baptist Convention failed in a vote by messengers on the opening day of the SBC’s June 13-14 annual meeting in Greensboro, N.C.

ERLC head says faith brings hope to America

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)–While the future of the nation looks bleak, hope is rising, Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 13 in Greensboro, N.C.

LifeWay to strengthen commitments

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)—The Word of God. The local church. Relevance. Partnerships. LifeWay Christian Resources President Thom S. Rainer emphasized each point to messengers during LifeWay’s report to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 13 in Greensboro, N.C.

Hawkins reports Southern Baptists’ health statistics are improving

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)—O.S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources, highlighted four program areas—retirement, in­vestments, insurance and financial assistance—during the entity’s annual report to the South­ern Baptist Convention June 14.

Graceville woman presented WMU missions award

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)—Jacqueline Draughon of Graceville, was honored as the third recipient of the Dr. Martha Myers GA Alumna of Distinction Award during the Woman Missionary Union’s annual missions celebration June 11.

Southern Baptists dedicate statue of Billy Graham

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) — Billy Graham’s impact on the Southern Baptist Convention will last for generations, and a bronze sculpture unveiled June 14 at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention will likewise cement forever the legendary evangelist and his Gospel message for passersby in downtown Nashville, Tenn.

The late Adrian Rogers continues to inspire

>GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)—The late Adrian Rogers, longtime pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church and three-time president of the Southern Baptist Convention, was honored with separate personal and video tributes June 12 and 13 at the Greensboro Coliseum, during the SBC Pastors’ Conference and, then, the annual meeting.

Associational DOMs urged to keep focus on basics

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) — A renewed commitment to God’s grace and godly living is necessary if Christians are to be effective in reaching their world for Christ, Eddie Miller told associational directors of missions June 11 in Greensboro, N.C.

Chaplains playing ‘critical role’ in world

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) — “Times are dangerous and difficult. But God has raised you up for a time such as this,” Brig. Gen. Douglas L. Carver, U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Chaplains, told more than 100 Southern Baptist chaplains at an appreciation luncheon just prior to the SBC annual meeting June 12.

Evangelists adopt Acts 1:8 strategy

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) — A proposal for an Acts 1:8 strategy for 2006-07 garnered unanimous support from members of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists during their June 12 business meeting in conjunction with the June 13-14 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Greensboro, N.C.

Dispute between church and association ruled out of order

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP)–Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention June 14 declined to get involved in a complex and messy legal battle between a small California church and an association.

SBC Seminary Reports

NOBTS pledges not to abandon local churches, ministries

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) — Chuck Kelley, president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, praised God’s provision and sacrificial giving by Southern Baptists during his report to messengers at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention June 13.

Midwestern Seminary reports record growth & expansion

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) – After three straight years of record-breaking student headcounts, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Philip Roberts reminded Southern Baptists of the school’s commitment “in the heartland to reach the hearts of the world.”

Southwestern deans outline importance of a seminary education

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) — Students at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and its College at Southwestern are being trained in Western philosophy and expository preaching in order to confront culture and win lost people to faith in Jesus Christ, David Allen and Emir Caner reported to Southern Baptist Convention messengers June 13.

Akin delivers SEBTS report

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) — Whether by taking the Gospel across the streets of North America or to the nations of the world, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary has the Great Commission on its heart, according to President Daniel Akin.

Southern seminary prepares Gospel ministers

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) — Developing mature, faithful Christian workers to serve in the churches of the Lord Jesus Christ is why Southern Baptist Theological Seminary exists, President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said June 14 at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Greensboro, N.C.

Golden Gate announces Korean Seminary partnership

GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) — Jeff Iorg, president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, told messengers about the seminary’s passions and partnerships during the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention June 13.

2005 SBC Pastors’ Conference Coverage

Pastors’ conference speakers urge Christians to stand firm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–With a generation of prominent Southern Baptist leaders passing from the scene, the next generation of pastors needs to rise up to deal with the nation’s cultural crisis, Ergun Caner said June 19 at the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference.

Roy Fish extols pastors to preach Christ crucified, resurrected

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Southern Baptists are in danger of losing their evangelistic passion, Roy Fish, professor of evangelism at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, warned during the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference June 20.

Judge Roy Moore delivers short history lesson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–If Southern Baptists attending the 2005 SBC Pastors’ Conference had any problems with the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court over a 2003 federal court order to remove the now-famous Ten Commandments monument from a state building, it wasn’t evident June 20.

President Bush scheduled to address SBC messengers via satellite at annual meeting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–President Bush is scheduled to address Southern Baptist Convention messengers via satellite Tuesday, June 21, marking the fourth year in a row he has spoken to the annual meeting.

Rather than just a resolution, an education movement
Editorial

Like last year, much secular news media attention in the weeks leading up to this year’s annual meeting in Nashville has centered on proposed resolutions criticizing public education and urging Southern Baptists to remove their children from those schools. This year, the effort has gained the support of a nationally recognized Christian apologist, Voddie Baucham, and has been more narrowly tailored to focus particular attention on the promotion of homosexuality in the schools.

Welch: Evangelistic ‘synergy,’ purpose needed
Nashville annual meeting sets stage for year-long ‘Everyone Can’ campaign

DAYTONA BEACH (FBW) – Bobby Welch is “overwhelmingly” encouraged by what he has observed visiting more than 180 cities during the past year as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, but he’s also very concerned about “deadly disconnects” he believes, if uncorrected, will harm the future of the nation’s largest non-Catholic denomination.

Public school resolutions offered for SBC annual meeting
SBC President Welch agrees with need for resolution, opposes scope

HOUSTON/DAYTONA BEACH (SBT/FBW)—For the second straight year, resolutions critical of public schools have been submitted to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Resolutions Committee, perhaps setting the stage for another debate among messengers at this year’s annual meeting.

Welch calls for SBC presidency study, suggests two-year term of office

DAYTONA BEACH (FBW) – Bobby Welch thinks it’s presumptuous and arrogant for a SBC president to assume he will be re-elected to his constitutionally permitted second, one-year term. But he also thinks the one-year term is too short to get the job done effectively.

Florida native Rothschild slated for Crossover Rally June 18

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Bible study author and speaker Jennifer Rothschild says she hopes the Crossover evangelism event preceding the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Nashville in June will cause people to discover a renewed passion for sharing the Gospel.

Public school resolutions offered for SBC annual meeting
SBC President Welch agrees with need for resolution, but opposes scope

HOUSTON/DAYTONA BEACH (SBT/FBW) – For the second straight year, resolutions critical of public schools have been submitted to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Resolutions Committee, perhaps setting the stage for another debate among messengers at this year’s annual meeting.

Ministers’ wives program to debut at SBC
Liz Traylor, Janet Wicker serve on inaugural board

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–While pastors gather for their annual conference prior to the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tenn., wives of ministers have the opportunity to attend a Monday morning session, June 20, at the Ryman Auditorium from 8:30 to 11:45 designed to meet their needs.

Music City welcomes 500 Florida musicians at SBC

JACKSONVILLE (FBW)–America’s Music City is set to host nearly 500 Florida musicians from Daytona Beach and Tampa during the SBC in June. Florida pastors Bobby Welch and Ken Whitten will have the encouraging presence of their own church choirs when they speak at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 21-22 in Nashville.

Crossover beckons marathoner

HIGHLAND, Calif. (BP)–“I want to be one of those 10,000.”

SBC to focus on evangelism, ‘Everyone Can’ challenge
Tampa’s Whitten to deliver this year’s convention sermon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—The Music City is no stranger to Southern Baptists and this June, Nashville will host thousands of SBC church messengers and their family members who will gather for ministry, evangelism and worship and to conduct the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

African American Fellowship plans ‘Witness’ events in Nashville
Florida’s Sid Smith to be honored for service

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–“Witness For My Lord” will be the theme for the opening night of the June 19-20 meeting of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention, preceding the SBC’s June 21-22 annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

Hispanic group promotes Tennessee crusade during Crossover in June

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—The 18th Annual Reunion of the National Fellowship of Hispanic Southern Baptist Churches, encompassing various meetings and events prior to the SBC annual meeting in Nashville, will begin with a simultaneous evangelistic crusade across Tennessee.

Florida Baptist pastors and laymen nominated, appointed to SBC posts

NASHVILLE (FBW)–Several Florida pastors and laymen are among the nominees slated for re-election and election to various SBC boards and commissions during the Southern Baptist Convention June 21-22 in Nashville, Tenn. The nominations were made by the 2005 Committee on Nominations.

LifeWay, SBC building tours open June 18-22

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Southern Baptist messengers visiting Nashville for the annual meeting in June will have the opportunity to tour the LifeWay Christian Resources buildings and the Southern Baptist Convention building, which is home to the Executive Committee, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives, Southern Baptist Foundation and Seminary Extension.

50th annual Ministers’ Wives Conference to feature Kay Warren

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—Southern Baptist pastors’ wives will celebrate 50 years of annual gatherings Tuesday, June 21, in Nashville, Tenn.

LifeWay cancels ‘Fast 50’ seminars

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–LifeWay Christian Resources has canceled the “Fast 50” seminars scheduled for June 23-24 following the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

SBC’s Conference of the Blind slates reorganizational meeting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)—The Southern Baptist Conference of the Blind will hold a reorganizational meeting June 18-19 in Nashville, Tenn. Two sessions are planned: at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday; the location is yet to be determined.

Evangelists plan ‘Revival at the Ryman’
DOM’s to take an in-depth look at history of Baptist associations
Messianic fellowship to hear Moody’s Jewish studies director
Korean fellowship to hold 14th annual meeting June 20-22
Denominational servants plan ‘kindred spirits’ gathering
Seminaries to host annual luncheons in Nashville June 22
SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION ANNUAL MEETING SCHEDULE
JUNE 21-22, 2005 • NASHVILLE, TENN • GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT CENTER

THEME

The “Everyone Can” Kingdom Challenge—Evangelism

SCRIPTURE

“Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20 (HCSB)

PASTORS’ CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
June 19-20, 2005 • Gaylord Entertainment Center • Nashville, Tennessee

THEME

Build up the wall, stand in the gap

scripture

“I searched for a man among them who would repair the wall and stand in the gap ….” Ezekiel 22:30

WMU MISSIONS CELEBRATION
June 19-20, 2005 • First Baptist Church • Nashville, Tennessee

THEME

Christ Followers—Pass On the Passion