Colossians yields guidance as Pastors Conference text

Longtime pastor Al Jackson closed out the 2022 SBC Pastors Conference study of the Book of Colossians by examining the list of faithful servants named at the end of the Apostle Paul’s letter, reminding pastors that even little-known saints are significant saints to God. “These are not insignificant followers of Christ,” Jackson, pastor emeritus of […]

Rural ministry more rewarding than expected, pastor says

Rural ministry was not what pastor Matt Henslee envisioned for himself when he was growing up in the DFW Metroplex, but it’s where God led him, and now he loves it. He’s urging other pastors to consider that God does some of His best work in rural settings. As pastor of Mayhill Baptist Church in […]

SBC supports survivors, embraces diversity

Southern Baptists acted in support of sexual abuse survivors, embraced ethnic and gender diversity and rallied around the Great Commission at their annual meeting June 11-12 in Birmingham, Ala.  Messengers strengthened their stance against sexual abuse and racism by overwhelmingly approving two amendments to the SBC Constitution specifically stating that sexual abuse and discrimination based […]

If Alaska is on your mind to serve as a pastor …

Alaska is “in dire need of committed pastors to serve Christ,” said Rob Scott, who never lived outside North Carolina before attending Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky. Scott, who has been in a remote area of Alaska since 2009 as pastor of Dillingham Bible Fellowship, moved to the state because “it’s a place that […]

Unknown entrepreneur from South Carolina coast was missions pioneer

The modern missions movement owes much to an unknown entrepreneur, Hephzibah Jenkins Townsend, who overcame social constrictions in the antebellum South to rally women toward missions giving. Her journey unfolds in the form of a novel, “Her Way: The Remarkable Story of Hephzibah Jenkins Townsend” by Rosalie Hall Hunt of Guntersville, Ala., who also has […]

Tennessee pastor Steve Gaines recounts presidential decision

Steve Gaines, elected president by acclamation at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis, recounted in a press conference afterward how God led the candidates to that “special moment” of unity. After a runoff didn’t produce a majority winner between Gaines, pastor of the Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., […]

Fanny Crosby’s lost lyrics now expanding her legacy

Fanny Crosby’s hymns have impacted lives for Christ worldwide for generations, but until recently 2,700 of them were overlooked in an archive, unsung and unpublished. Now on the album “Blessed Assurance: The New Hymns of Fanny Crosby,” some of those forgotten lyrics have come to life through today’s worship writers and singers, introducing a new […]

Pastors’ wives need outside support

Pastors’ wives overall are happy with their roles, but it’s imperative that they build a support network outside the church for seasons of conflict, a study of pastors’ wives found. Amy Stumpf, professor of religion and society at California Baptist University in Riverside, Calif., and a pastor’s wife herself, was stirred to study Southern Baptist […]

ALS gripped him with life’s ‘big questions’

Jim Burton had no idea some odd footsteps were the first sign of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). “Normally when you walk, you have a heel to toe cadence. It’s no big deal,” said Burton, who has spent his career in Baptist work. “But I was walking like a horse. My right foot was hitting the […]

Deaf Theological Center launches for missions task

An estimated 35 million people in the world are Deaf, and each day 750 of them die without knowing Jesus. With no Deaf-centric theological education available, some Deaf Southern Baptists called to reach those who share their heart language have been unable to meet IMB requirements for career missionary status. The launch of a Deaf […]