2017 SBC Annual Meeting

Phoenix, AZ | June 13-14, 2017

Midwestern hosts For the Church Phoenix

by T. Patrick Hudson

Friday, June 23, 2017

PHOENIX (BP) -- Midwestern Seminary hosted "For the Church Phoenix," its third in an annual series of micro-conferences, at the Phoenix Convention Center during the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

The event featured leaders from across the SBC presenting on featured topics in a seven-minute TED Talk-like format.

"Our aim at For the Church Phoenix was to give attendees the very best encouragement and instruction that Midwestern Semina... Read More

Gaines: Pray 'fervently' in light of Phoenix SBC

by David Roach

Friday, June 23, 2017

PHOENIX (BP) -- With messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix pledging to pray for matters ranging from evangelism to racial reconciliation, SBC President Steve Gaines has called Southern Baptists to intercede "more fervently and frequently than ever before."

Gathered around the theme "Pray! For such a time as this," messengers to the June 13-14 annual meeting urged prayer or committed to ask God for specific requests in at leas... Read More

'Stage is set,' Platt tells Baptists at IMB dinner

by Julie McGowan

Friday, June 23, 2017

PHOENIX (BP) -- How many missionaries could be sent from just a fraction of all Southern Baptist churches today? At the International Mission Board dinner June 12 in Phoenix, IMB President David Platt and the crowd of approximately 1,350 Southern Baptists estimated that their congregations, right now, have a combined potential of 28,551 missionaries.

Those in attendance compiled the number of students, singles, husbands, wives, moms, dads, kids and grandparents in their churches... Read More

Scripture in discipleship focus of LifeWay event

by Aaron Earls

Friday, June 23, 2017

PHOENIX (BP) -- A standing-room-only crowd gathered for a discussion about the essential role of Bible reading in the process of discipleship during the LifeWay Christian Resources breakfast held in conjunction with the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.

The event, titled "Discipleship Through the Word," began with Christian music artists Keith and Kristyn Getty leading the audience in worship, including their classic modern hymn "In Christ Alone.&qu... Read More

Evangelists aim for greater international reach

by Daniel Woodman

Thursday, June 22, 2017

PHOENIX (BP) -- Increasing international evangelism and diversity were the focus of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists when it gathered in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix.

Southern Baptist Evangelists held a retreat and business meeting June 9-10 at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel and a Sunday worship service June 11 hosted by First Southern Baptist Church in Phoenix. A "Southwest Supper Sing-A-Long" June 12 gave pastor... Read More

SBCAL group to study DOM title change, efficiency

by Diana Chandler

Thursday, June 22, 2017

PHOENIX (BP) -- A 12-member study group is expected to recommend in 2018 a new title, credentialing process and expectations of effectiveness for Southern Baptist directors of missions (DOMs).

The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) appointed the group at its conference held June 11-12 in advance of the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Phoenix. The team is charged with submitting a report at the SBCAL 2018 meeting in Dallas.

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