2018 SBC Annual Meeting

Dallas, TX | June 12-13, 2018

IMB Sending Celebration adds 47 new missionaries

by Julie McGowan

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

DALLAS (BP) -- International Mission Board trustees approved the appointment of 47 new missionaries sent by Southern Baptist churches to take the Gospel to the nations during their June 10-11 meeting in Dallas.

The new missionaries were part of a Sending Celebration June 12 during the evening session of the SBC annual meeting at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

Trustees also heard an update on the presidential search; received a financial report on the e... Read More

FIRST-PERSON: Very optimistic

by Jeff Iorg

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

DALLAS (BP) -- A student recently asked me, "How do you feel about the future of the Southern Baptist Convention?"

He was surprised by my answer, "Very positive."

He replied, "Don't some of the current problems mean the convention is in trouble?" My answer was, "No, not really." He asked for some explanation and here are the reasons I shared with him.

First, God sustains any ministry riveted on His purpose. ... Read More

Messengers make 20 motions, debate SWBTS trustee action

by Brian Koonce

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

DALLAS (BP) -- Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention proposed 20 motions during two 15-minute scheduled segments of the 2018 annual meeting in Dallas June 12.

Messengers debated then defeated June 13 a motion by Tom Hatley of Immanuel Baptist Church in Rogers, Ark., that messengers dismiss Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary's trustee Executive Committee. The debate included comments from two current SWBTS trustees, a former convention president and a laywoman.... Read More

Pence thanks SBC for values, prayers, ministry

by Margaret Colson

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

DALLAS (BP) -- Vice President Mike Pence affirmed Southern Baptists for their gospel witness and then encouraged Southern Baptists to continue in that commitment, speaking at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting on Wednesday (June 13).

"What began more than 170 years ago at First Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., has now become one of the greatest forces for good anywhere in America. ... The Southern Baptist Convention has always strived to reach the world for... Read More

NAMB highlights core ministries & racial relations

by Brandon Elrod

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

DALLAS (BP) -- "We are here for you," Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, said in opening his presentation to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention. "We are grateful for you. We are eager to partner with you to push back lostness in North America."

NAMB celebrated the work of missionaries and shared new mission opportunities at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas on Tuesday afternoon (June 12). Ezell provided updates about collegi... Read More

Centennial, Mission:Dignity atop GuideStone report

by Roy Hayhurst

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

DALLAS (BP) -- O.S. Hawkins brought the 100th report of GuideStone Financial Resources on Tuesday morning to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention during their June 12–13 in Dallas.

Hawkins noted the privilege GuideStone has had of living out its founder's vision.

"A century ago, our founder, William Lunsford, stood before the Southern Baptist Convention in Hot Springs, Ark., and told pastors, 'Give yourselves wholeheartedly to the work. ... Read More