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A task force designed to address declining baptisms among Southern Baptist churches released its full report on May 12.
Southern Baptists have a profound influence on our nation’s military chaplaincy, both in practice and development. Southern Baptists have more endorsed chaplains serving in the US military than any other denomination or faith group (1,440). Yet their influence does not come primarily from sheer numbers, but from the character of the individuals who serve. One of those individuals is Chaplain Major General Doug Carver, US Army (retired), and current executive director of chaplaincy services for the North American Mission Board (NAMB). NAMB is the endorsement entity for all Southern Baptist chaplains, military and civilian, a total of 3,617.

In January 2012, Southern Baptists are once again being called to a time of prayer and spiritual awakening. The date adopted by the Convention for this emphasis is the last Sunday in January. But pastors are encouraged to select a time that best fits the ministry needs of their local church to lead their churches to focused prayer. This year's Southern Baptist Convention Call to Prayer is an opportunity to focus on praying missionally.

"I can't think of a better way for our churches to start the New Year than to be in prayer for our families, our churches, our new church plants, and our efforts to reach the unreached people groups of the world," said NAMB president Kevin Ezell. "NAMB is pleased to have the privilege to coordinate this effort this year. I can't think of anything more essential in our efforts to reach North America and the world."

NAMB will provide resources to assist churches in participating in the prayer emphasis.

"We are encouragin...