Pastor Ronnie Floyd, who was elected as the Southern Baptist Convention's new president during the denomination's annual meeting held in Baltimore this week, has been instrumental in encouraging members to take a leadership role in addressing an array of mental health concerns.
Last year, Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas, spoke boldly and passionately at the convention about passing a resolution on "Mental Health Concerns and the Heart of God," and the need for Southern Baptist churches to care for and bring healing to all who feel isolated and stigmatized by mental health concerns.
"We can no longer be silent about this issue," Floyd said on the convention floor in Houston on June 11, 2013. "It's time that the SBC be on the front lines of mental health challenges." more >>
BALTIMORE – Southern Baptists are sharing the Gospel with the wrong community of people, said Texas-based pastor John Meador at the Southern Baptist Convention's Annual Meeting on Wednesday.
"Is it right that we spend more time talking and writing about the gospel to other gospel-saturated people than we do to a gospel-starved community?" Meador, who is senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Euless, Texas, asked.
Meador urged pastors and church leaders to fulfill their ministerial duties by sharing the Gospel to people whose eternal fate is at stake. more >>
BALTIMORE – Southern Baptists say that unlike other church bodies, their denomination will not waver on its stance on gay marriage or be harmed by debate on the issue.
In a panel discussion Tuesday at the Southern Baptist Convention's two-day annual meeting, a group of Southern Baptist leaders, including Dr. Albert Mohler, stated that the SBC should maintain their opposition to homosexuality and gay marriage.
Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, told The Christian Post that the "Southern Baptist Convention has this clearly as a matter of conviction; it was put into our confession of faith as revised in just the year 2000." more >>
BALTIMORE – Saddleback Pastor Rick Warren remembered his late son, Matthew, Monday night as a fruitful Christian who used his trials to spread the gospel and encouraged hurting pastors at the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference to do to the same.
Warren said Matthew would have been a great counselor because he regularly used his pain to help uplift others.
He spent so much time helping others that after his death, Warren said, "I may have received 30-35 thousand letters of condolences from people around the world, and it wasn't the rock stars, the prime ministers or the presidents' cards and letters that meant the most to me. The letters that meant the most to me were letters from people that Matthew had led to Christ, and they would say 'I'm going to be in heaven because of your son.'" more >>
BALTIMORE – Crazy Love author and pastor Francis Chan expressed concern to Southern Baptist pastors that there was no desire to go deeper in their relationship with Christ.
The California preacher cut prayers short to express his worry. "I'm seeing a lot of ritual, a lot of faithfulness over the years but I'm concerned that there's not this desperate like cry like 'God, I feel like walk into service and I feel it's so dead. God I got to have your power, I got to have your presence and maybe I substituted that for just going through the service order another weekend,'" he said.
Chan said there is more to the Christian faith than building bigger churches, publishing books and going through the motions of worship every Sunday, but too few Christians know that because they don't "know" God. more >>
BALTIMORE, Md. – Southern Baptists must go outside of the four walls of the church and preach the gospel if they truly want to reach the next generation, outgoing SBC President Fred Luter Jr. urged attendees of the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention's Annual Meeting Tuesday night during the revival service.
The Louisiana pastor whose election paved the way for greater diversity within the Southern Baptist Convention turned his focus to the future of the denomination, stating that the days of open-door evangelism are over.
Luter recalled "There was a time when you just open the church door and people would come from the neighborhood. There was a time you just open the church door and people would come from different families. There was a time you could just open the church door and people were expected to go to church." more >>