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June 2016 Issue

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.”
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.
Great Commission Advance: an aggressive global vision with a strong home base.
The day prior to his election as SBC president at the 2016 SBC annual meeting, Steve Gaines was interviewed at the Cooperative Program booth in the exhibit hall about his vision for the Convention should he be elected president. The following is excerpted from that interview.
The Cooperative Program booth and stage in the 2016 SBC annual meeting exhibit hall was a huge attraction for messengers to this year’s meeting in St. Louis.
Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, and Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, have appointed a task force on disciple-making.
Undesignated giving was one of only three categories of the Annual Church Profile that showed an increase in the most recent reporting year.
At the 2016 SBC annual meeting in St. Louis, close to sixty communicators—the small Baptist Press core staff and many others partnering alongside them—served as the denomination’s official media team.
The need for more churches in Fairbanks, Alaska weighed heavily on Joe and Cindy Boney. As new church planter with the NAMB, they were praying fervently that God would show them how.
An interim pastor told the dwindling, aging congregation he was to help “transition,” that First Baptist Church of Affton was on its death journey. But the church did die—intentionally—and on Easter, a new church was born.
The Gate and its church plants are designed to reach those who have grown up in the hip-hop culture with the power of the Gospel to transform lives.
May God grant each of us eyes to see and minds to grasp the sure salvation offered us in Christ!
God continues to work mightily in people’s lives regardless of the surrounding society’s sinful setting.
As we approach the ballot box in our individual voting precincts this November, let each of us render unto God the loyal obedience He is due. But let us also render unto Caesar the elective influence God has graciously granted to us at this strategic juncture in history.
As I’ve walked the journey of being a minister’s wife, I have come to appreciate and understand the value of friendship among our sisterhood of minister’s wives.