IMB, NAMB celebrate 175 years of helping Baptists pursue the Great Commission

When 327 delegates met at First Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., on May 8, 1845, they did more than start a new convention of Baptist churches in the South. They began a missionary movement that would, in time, start new gospel-proclaiming churches throughout North America and the world. On Friday, Southern Baptists celebrated the 175th […]

Sex abuse response, entity transitions top Baptist stories in 2019

As Southern Baptists headed into 2020, they closed the books on a year of transitions at several national entities, along with decisive action across the national convention to help churches care well for those affected by sexual abuse and harassment. With increased giving to both national missions offerings and the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists are […]

FBI honors Baptist ministry for human-trafficking work

FBI Director Christopher Wray recently presented the Baptist Friendship House of New Orleans with its distinguished 2018 Director’s Community Leadership Award for its work in fighting human trafficking. Kay Bennett, a Send Relief missionary with the North American Mission Board, accepted the award on behalf of the Baptist Friendship House at FBI headquarters in Washington, […]

Former S.C. pastor Mickey Caison retires from SBC’s ‘greatest job’

Think back among the most harrowing disasters in recent U.S. history: 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Midwest floods of 1993, the Northridge earthquake and Hurricanes Andrew, Harvey and Irma. Mickey Caison has represented Southern Baptists at each of them. As national director of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief for most of the past […]

NAMB’s ‘Pray for Planters’ seeks 10,000 churches

Eight months ago, New Orleans church planting missionary Justin Haynes had no idea what Feb. 12-18, 2017, would have in store for him and his family. As far as he knew, the week he would be featured on the North American Mission Board’s prayer calendar would be an ordinary week of sharing Christ, preparing sermons […]

Baptists mobilize after weekend storms in Southeast

Southern Baptists throughout the Southeast have started responding to a deadly storm system that reportedly claimed the lives of at least 19 people from Georgia to Mississippi over a two-day period this past weekend. Severe weather, which lasted through Sunday night (Jan. 22) in the region, extended into South Carolina and north Florida. According to […]

Watch live: Southern Baptists converge in St. Louis for annual meeting

Messengers have gathered in St. Louis, Mo., for the 2016 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. Click here to watch a live stream of the two-day proceedings. In the days preceding the annual meeting, Southern Baptist volunteers reported more than 350 professions of faith in Jesus Christ during Crossover events throughout metro St. Louis this year. […]

Family takes ‘insane’ step to plant church

Rob Burgess couldn’t help but laugh. His wife’s suggestion seemed preposterous — move their family of five, including a junior in high school, from Orlando, Fla., to Denver for a year to help start a new church. “You’re insane,” Rob told Amy with a laugh. Amy’s response? So were the disciples. “If the disciples had […]

Retired teacher plants church, baptizes 60 in 2 years

Mike Alexander never attended seminary. He had never pastored a church. He says he didn’t even know what a church planter did. That is, until he became one. Now, about two years after arriving in Aurora, Colo., and about 23 months after he began learning what church planters actually do, the church Alexander started has […]