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Frank S. Page cited Southern Baptists’ decline in baptisms and missionary numbers in calling for “a groundswell of intentionality like never before to see God’s Great Commission accomplished.”
Page reviewed the legacy Southern Baptists are building through the Cooperative Program when he addressed the opening session of the February 22–23 Executive Committee meeting in Nashville.

To speak a second language, you don’t need Rosetta Stone.

Everyone has an opportunity to think and speak in God’s language—Scripture, the foundational language of the universe.

Scripture carries God’s revelation and message to mankind, setting forth His forgiveness and grace among those who turn to Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Then, through the Holy Spirit, Scripture has the power to extend deeply into our souls, into the parts of our earthly existence from which all language and human behavior arise. All other languages are but conduits for Scripture, the heart language of God.

Every word in the Bible, in one way or another, is part of the sustenance that God can supply for an adventurous yet tender faith that can be wondrously wholesome and fulfilling, stretching forward from this point in your life throughout eternity.

Consider, for starters, the following brief passages from Scripture. Or select some from your own reading of the Bible. Pick one and patiently begin to memorize it, ponder it,...

Regular processes of the Southern Baptist Convention will be followed if the Convention's messengers approve the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force's recommendations, according to responses to a question during the Executive Committee's (EC) February 22-23 meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

Participants were Roger Spradlin, a California pastor who is both a GCR Task Force member and the Executive Committee's vice chairman; Morris H. Chapman, president of the Executive Committee; and D. August Boto, EC executive vice president and general counsel.

The exchange occurred in the context of a discussion of how the Executive Committee would implement a portion of the task force's vision calling for a transfer of 1 percent of Cooperative Program Allocation Budget from the Executive Committee to the International Mission Board.

The reallocation would involve approximately $2 ...

When Southern Baptists hold their annual meeting, plenty goes on beyond the voting and presentations during the Tuesday-Wednesday sessions held in the local convention center.

The SBC exhibit hall, for example, will be a hub of activity as much as ever. It will be open from Monday through Wednesday, June 9-11.

International Mission Board

The IMB booth at the 2008 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting will help individual Southern Baptists and their churches explore the question, "What will it take for church planting to begin among the remaining 3,340 people groups where no one is advancing the Gospel?"

The mission board estimates that reaching these people groups will require a missionary force eight thousand strong (s...

Seminary administrator R. Clark Logan Jr. has been elected as vice president for business and finance with the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, effective October 15.

Logan, 40, will succeed John R. (Jack) Wilkerson, who will retire October 1 after fourteen years in the post.

Executive Committee members gave unanimous approval to Logan during the opening session of their September 17-18 meeting in Nashville, Tennessee.

Logan, a native of Bruce, Mississippi, has been senior vice president for institutional administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, since August 2004. He joined the seminary staff in 2000 as assistant director of admissions and was named director of development in January 2001.

Chapman, in introducing Logan to the Executive Committee, noted that he "was already a successful young businessman when he knew that God was calling him .... So it seems as if the Lord is working i...

Randal A. Williams has been named director of Seminary Extension, succeeding William Vinson, who retired May 1 after leading the Southern Baptist education entity six years.

Williams, 50, earned a Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2006 and in recent years has been an instructor at Southern Seminary and its Boyce College undergraduate program and an adjunct professor at the Baptist College of Florida and at Luther Rice Seminary in Georgia.

Williams was pastor of Victory Memorial Baptist Church in Louisville from 2001-04.

Seminary Extension, a ministry of the Council of Seminary Presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention based in Nashville, Tennessee, exists to provide ministers and laity with the opportunity to take classes close to home through independent study, the Internet, and at more than five hundred extension centers across the country. Some hours may be transferred to other institutions or counted toward...

Let us pray. "It's our only hope," Southern Baptist Convention President Frank Page said, reflecting on the prevalence of prayer planned for the SBC's June 12-13 annual meeting in San Antonio's Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Each of the SBC's five sessions will have a prayer focus: Tuesday morning: "Lord, Transform Your Churches." Tuesday afternoon: "Lord, Bring Us to Confession and Repentance." Tuesday evening: "Lord, Unite Us in a Cooperative Mission Task." Wednesday morning: "Lord, Send Revival to Our Convention."

Mandisa Hundley, one of last year's American Idol finalists, doesn't want any regrets.

And that includes missions. Mandisa (who uses her first name) marvels at how missionaries "work day after day ... that the body of Christ can be built up."

So, she's ready to do "anything that I can do" for missions — which is why she readily agreed to host the most recent volume of Missionary Moments Video Vignettes.

The video missions segments, now in their sixth year, highlight the work of six international and six North American missionaries supported by prayers and Southern Baptists' gifts through the Cooperative Program.

Suggested uses of Missionary Moments Video Vignettes — each hosted by Mandisa and less than three minutes in length — include highlighting the Cooperative Program in morning, evening, or midweek worship services; during offering times or as sermon illustrations; in Sunday...

Bobby Welch has been named to the position of Strategist for Global Evangelical Relations with the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee.

Welch is the SBC's immediate past president and former pastor of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Florida, where he served thirty-two years.

Morris H. Chapman, president of the Executive Committee, said Welch will be "Southern Baptists' ambassador to those leaders in other countries who are interested in building relationships as likeminded brothers and sisters in the Lord."

Welch began his duties March 15 and will continue to live in Daytona Beach.

Chapman noted that the new position of Strategist for Global Evangelical Relations is part of the Executive Committee's implementation of a vote by messengers at the SBC's 2004 annual meeting in Indianapolis to withdraw from the Baptist World Alliance and to build relationships with evangelistically oriented Baptists and like...