Richmond, VA – El Domingo de las Misiones Hispanas es un día para celebrar los logros y las contribuciones de los misioneros hispanos de la IMB y de las iglesias hispanas que colaboran activamente con la IMB para llevar el evangelio a las naciones. Este mes de septiembre, cuando nuestra nación celebre el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana, todas las iglesias bautistas del sur estarán invitadas a tomarse un tiempo para celebrar y orar por lo que Dios está haciendo a través de las iglesias hispanas. Alabamos a Dios por las iglesias hispanas que envían misioneros a las naciones y por los misioneros hispanos de la IMB, quienes están sirviendo entre etnias difíciles de alcanzar con el evangelio.
Richmond, VA – Hispanic Missions Sunday is a day to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Hispanic International Mission Board missionaries and Hispanic churches as active partners with the IMB in bringing the gospel to the nations. This September, as our nation recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month, all Southern Baptist churches are invited to take time to celebrate and pray for what God is doing through Hispanic churches. We praise God for Hispanic churches sending missionaries to the nations and for Hispanic IMB missionaries, many of whom are serving among people groups who are hard to reach with the gospel.
Salt Lake City, UT- Salt Lake School of Theology is Graduate-level theological training available locally in Utah. Their mission statement is that “We exist to glorify God by training and equipping students spiritually, theologically, and missionally to lead and serve the body of Christ”. It is affiliated with The Rocky Mountain campus of Gateway Theological Seminary and their classes are fully accredited.
This Fall, they are offering New Testament Introduction 1 with Dr. Matt Emadi beginning August 25, 2022. This course will focus on interpreting and understanding the four Gospels. This is a great introduction to Theological Education.
Draper, UT – Following the May 22 release of the SBC’s Sexual Abuse Task Force Report, the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention issues the following statement:
The details in the Guidepost Solutions report are egregious and deeply disturbing. We are heartbroken for the victims of sexual abuse. There is no level of sexual abuse nor mistreatment of women, children, or men that is acceptable. In honor of the courage of the survivors who came forward to report abuse, and for the sake of righteousness in our denomination, the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention heartily affirms the recommendations of the Sexual Abuse Task Force Report.
In addition, we ask the messengers, churches, and those in leadership positions in the Executive Committee, the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention to pray for God’s wisdom, compassion, and strength to make the necessary changes to ensure the safety of all who attend our churches.
We encourage you to read the full Guidepost Solutions report, consider their recommendations, and review the additional resources listed.
Three candidates for next SBC President are hosted in a discussion forum at FBC Keller, TX
KELLER, TX- First Baptist Church of Keller, TX hosted a presidential forum on May 4th. Three of the candidates who will be nominated for SBC president at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention when it gathers in Anaheim in June made themselves available on the platform. This forum was livestreamed on ACTS2 Network via their app, but you can also view it here by clicking the link to FBC Keller’s website.
Hear the candidates’ answers on how to encourage evangelism and missions, what they would prioritize, and how best to navigate denominational and cultural challenges in coming months. This event was hosted by Joe Wooddell and Tony Richmond of First Baptist Church Keller.
In addition to the on-demand option to view this forum, Baptist Press published three articles (linked below) that contain specific interviews with each candidate. The order these articles were published were alphabetical and are not, in any way an endorsement or priority ranking of each candidate. Neither Baptist Press, nor Utah Idaho Southern Baptist Convention, nor any member of their respective staffs will take a position on any of the men who have made their names available to be nominated for president of the SBC or any other leadership office within the convention. We make these resources available simply to educate and inform churches and leaders in our convention to help them make the most informed decision they can when it comes time to vote at our 2022 Annual Meeting in Anaheim.
DALLAS- GuideStone®, Lifeway Research and Baptist state conventions have again teamed up for the SBC Church Compensation Survey. Normally a biennial survey, the 2020 survey was canceled due to the pandemic; it was last conducted in 2018. To see the results from the 2018 study, you may click here
Pastors and church employees are invited to participate in the brief survey, a resource used by churches of all sizes to determine applicable wages and benefits. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete at GuideStone.org/CompensationSurvey. The survey starts on April 1 and goes until the end of June.
The survey’s results will be available in August, in time for many churches considering their 2023 budgets. The survey is the largest free church compensation study available in the United States.
“We honor the Lord and strengthen the church when we give proper financial support to those who serve,” GuideStone President Hance Dilbeck said. “GuideStone is committed to advocate for pastors and local church employees. We pray this compensation survey will challenge each of our churches to provide appropriate compensation and to do so by following best practices.”
Individual survey results can be contributed anonymously: Survey results are not reported individually. Lifeway Research will compile the results once the survey closes on June 30. Survey respondents will receive advance notice of the survey’s availability.
Respondents should have the church’s average weekly attendance, church membership and 2022 annual budget. Additional information needed to complete the survey is respondents’ annual salary, annual contributions to a retirement plan and annual church-paid insurance premiums, annual housing allowance, Social Security offset and the rental value and utilities for church-provided housing.
Southern Baptist church ministers and staff have until June 30 to complete the online survey.
Roy Hayhurst is director of denominational and public relations services for GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.