Charleston Baptist using pickleball to build relationships

Pickleball has been the fastest-growing sport in America for the past two years, and Southern Baptist churches are using it as a way to build relationships among their members and reach out to their communities. Invented in 1965 near Seattle, pickleball resembles Ping-Pong, badminton or tennis. Players stand on opposite sides of a three-foot-high net […]

Sandy Wisdom-Martin shares family testimony filled with SBC connections

When Woman’s Missionary Union national executive director-treasurer Sandy Wisdom-Martin watched her brother, Doug, get baptized last year, it represented a story of God’s faithfulness and Southern Baptist cooperation. After her mother shared the good news, Wisdom-Martin rearranged her travel schedule to be there. The baptism took place at Lake Sallateeska near her family’s childhood home […]

WMU’s ‘Because of Hope’ shares stories from 50 SBC leaders

Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director-treasurer for the national Woman’s Missionary Union, hopes the organization’s new book, “Because of Hope: Reflections of Faith,” will help Southern Baptists find hope in the midst of despair. The book was produced as a way to emphasize WMU’s theme for their curriculum in the years 2022-2024, which is hope in Christ. […]

Horton, Bray on 2023 SBC Pastors Conference program

The speakers for the 2023 SBC Pastors Conference in New Orleans were announced recently. The event is set for June 11-12, 2023. “While distinct in their personalities, our preachers share a common belief that expository preaching is a theological outgrowth based on a high view of Scripture,” said Daniel Dickard, conference president. Dickard says he […]

Southern Baptists anticipate inaugural Student Baptism Sunday

This Sunday (Oct. 30) will mark the first official observance of Student Baptism Sunday on the Southern Baptist Convention calendar, and leaders across the convention are preparing for the celebration. Shane Pruitt, national Next Gen director for the North American Mission Board, told Baptist Press this date on the calendar provides an opportunity for churches […]

Credentials Committee withdraws Saddleback recommendation

After much discussion, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Credentials Committee chose to withdraw its recommendation related to Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. A decision on whether or not to disfellowship Saddleback for ordaining three female staff members as pastors in May 2021 will be delayed until a later date. The original motion, submitted by Shadd […]

Marshall Blalock reflects on service with SBC Sexual Abuse Task Force

Marshall Blalock, pastor of First Baptist Church, Charleston, said one of the spiritual lessons he learned through serving on the SBC Sexual Abuse Task Force was how to “think and act with more compassion.” Blalock was one of the eight members selected by immediate-past president Ed Litton to serve on the Task Force, and was […]

Disaster Relief experiences more than 2,100 salvations in 2021

More than 2,100 professions of faith came as a result of the ministry of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) in 2021, which is nearly a record number for professions of faith in a single year for the ministry. The full total of 2,133 professions of faith is just one of the positive statistics from SBDR. […]