‘Be faithful or be forgotten,’ Anderson pastor urges Southern Baptists

James Noble, pastor of Kingdom Community Church in Anderson, warned his fellow ministers attending the Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference in Indianapolis: “Be faithful or be forgotten.” Noble was among 11 speakers on the conference’s program, which also included messages from Benny Wong, of Gateway Seminary; Shane Pruitt, of the North American Mission Board; Adam Dooley, […]

Pastors’ Conference emphasizes biblical faithfulness, perseverance in ministry

Faithfulness in prayer, to the next generation, under pressure and to families were among the sermon topics during the SBC Pastors’ Conference at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Benny Wong Early in his ministry, Benny Wong, Chinese-English bilingual director at Gateway Seminary, failed to intercede for his flock as he should have, Wong admitted […]

D.J. Horton elected 2025 Pastors’ Conference president 

D.J. Horton, pastor of Church at The Mill in Spartanburg, S.C., was elected president of the 2025 SBC Pastors’ Conference on June 10 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Horton, founder of Living Worthy Ministries, won in a runoff election with Georgia pastor Brad Whitt. Chris Bolt, a Virginia pastor, also was nominated. Horton […]

Outside the Walls: Keep Racing to the Finish Line

As I walk down the street today, I can hear the call to prayer ringing through the neighborhood in an unnamed city in North Africa. A cashier from a stand serving snacks excuses himself and places his rug toward Mecca and begins his ritualistic prayer. A college student turns down his radio out of respect. […]

Committee on Nominations Releases Trustee, Standing Committee Nominees

The 2024 Committee on Nominations, chaired by Matt Capps, has released its list of nominees to fill vacancies on the boards and standing committees of the SBC. The nominations will be presented to messengers for approval at the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting. Sixty-nine new nominees were named in the initial report. The nominees include 11 […]

North Charleston, York Baptists to Serve on Committee on Committees

Southern Baptist Convention President Bart Barber has announced his appointments to the 2024 Committee on Committees. Adam Blosser, pastor of Goshen Baptist Church in Spotsylvania, Va., will lead the committee as chair. “I am honored to have been appointed by President Bart Barber to serve as this year’s chair of the Committee on Committees,” Blosser […]

ARITF ‘Essentials’ curriculum made available in Indianapolis

The Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force has launched the curriculum it hopes churches will use to train volunteers in preventing sexual abuse and responding to those who have experienced it. ARITF members Jon Nelson, lead pastor of Soma Community Church in Jefferson City, Mo., and Kris Buckman, youth and kids missionary at the Baptist Convention […]

Striking the Waters: A Unity of Purpose and Consecration 

On May 13, 1924, Southern Baptists from across the country gathered for their annual business session in Memphis, Tenn. Awakened to global opportunity, enlivened by organizational potential, unified by a burgeoning denominational consciousness, and determined to maximize their sacrifices in the most efficient manner, they leaned in with great expectation to hear Chairman M.E. Dodd’s […]