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Members of the Executive Committee CAAC, joined by leaders of more than a dozen ethnic minority fellowships of Southern Baptist churches, presented a preliminary draft of The Many Faces of the Southern Baptist Convention.

The SBC Executive Committee has named a permanent advisory group to continue to equip, inform, and empower all Southern Baptists for the spread of the Gospel.

Two advisory councils submitted reports to Frank S. Page, president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee, at the Many Faces booth in the exhibit hall on Monday, June 13, 2016.

The size of “our big” is determined by the fruitfulness of “our small,” according to Mark Tolbert, vice chairman of the Bivocational and Smaller Church Advisory Council.

They are all full-time pastors, but many of them are also farmers, public school teachers, salesmen, engineers, construction workers, butchers, agricultural consultants, and business owners.

A new National Center for Bivocational and Small Church Ministries is being housed at the Nashville church.

Bivocational ministry is a special calling that's starting to receive more attention.

Secular newspapers see the newsworthiness of Southern Baptist churches.

Combat veteran Chad Hesler uses his military training as he pastors Canyon Ferry Road Baptist Church, where about one hundred people participate in Sunday morning worship.

The church reaches a broad cross-section of tribal groups, with the assignment of carrying the Gospel to all the state’s reservations.

Community Baptist Church in Maylene, Alabama, is served by a full complement of six bivocational leaders to minister to the congregation, to the larger community, and to each of the bivocational leaders’ workplaces.

This summer, Richardsville Baptist Church announced some joyful news on their sign outside the church building: “18 souls saved during VBS.”

Jimmy Brown trusts the Lord—and uses common sense—whenever he goes fishing, whether the fishing hole is filled with lake water or the silt of an undredged life.

Winning souls is the primary purpose of Emmanuel Carlinville, where about 150 people participate in Sunday morning worship.