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FORT WORTH — Bart Barber, lead pastor of First Baptist Church in Farmersville, Texas, will be nominated for 1st vice president at the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Houston, June 11-12.
Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn., announced the nomination and his endorsement of Barber on Twitter June 7.
“I plan to nominate Bart Barber, pastor of the historic FBC, Farmersville, TX, as 1st VP of the SBC at next week’s annual mtg in Houston,” read Gaines’ Tweet.
Southview Baptist Church Pastors Steve Brumbelow and Kyle Gulledge invite you to attend an outstanding Bible conference June 7-9 prior to the Southern Baptist Convention in Houston.
Come hear: Paige Patterson, Jerry Vines, Phil Hoskins, Bill Harrell, Jeff Schreve and Malcolm Ellis.
Southview Baptist Church in Rosharon, Texas, is located on Hwy 288, south of Houston, and one mile south of Hwy. 6.
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Apart from prayer, the most direct way to impact the Southern Baptist Convention is to vote for a president who will guide it in the direction one believes to be consistent with the will of God. The right president appoints the right people to move the convention in the right direction. This essay is not a reaction directed at current or former leadership. Rather, it proactively seeks to identify SBC presidential qualifications going forward.
Fairly certain our current officers will be re-elected to a second term in Houston, I am outlining here some general guidelines for future SBC elections. The timing of my suggestions, outside of an election season, is designed to eliminate suspicions regarding the endorsement of any specific candidate. These Ten Traits reflect my personal convictions regarding the kind of candidate I could most enthusiastically embrace.
Unfortunately, the brief nomination speeches rarely provide the information I need to make such a decision. They generally discuss the candidate in terms that could almost apply to any minister in the convention. I want to know more than that. When I vote in American elections, I know about a candidate’s platform and vision concerning where they plan to lead us. In SBC elections, I want to know the very same thing.
SBC PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS, 1988
CHARTING OUR COURSE BY THE UNCHANGING CHRIST
By THOMAS D. ELLIFF
Dr. Tom Elliff was born Feb. 21, 1944, in Paris, Texas, and is a third generation Southern Baptist pastor with both his father and grandfather having served as pastors and associational director of missions. Elliff has a D. Min. from Southern Seminary, an M. Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.A./Major: from Ouachita Baptist University.
Currently the president of the International Mission Board, Elliff previously served the IMB as senior vice president for Spiritual Nurture/Church Relations. From 1985-2005 he was pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, Del City, Okla; from 1983-1985 was pastor of Applewood Baptist Church, Lakewood, Colo.; from 1981-1983, was a missionary to Zimbabwe with the (then) Foreign Mission Board. Dr. Elliff served as pastor of churches in Okla., Ark., and Texas. He also served the Southern Baptist Convention is various roles, including: chairman, Southern Baptist Council on Family Life; president, Southern Baptist Convention; president, SBC Pastors’ Conference; chairman, SBC Order of Business Committee; member, SBC Committee on Boards. The author of several books, Elliff was a contributor to: MasterLife, The Disciples Study Bible, The Family Worship Bible and various other publications.
This morning I want to address a matter of crucial significance . . . a matter upon which our very future as Southern Baptists rests . . . a matter which will define the scope of our future effectiveness, our usefulness to the Lord. I want to speak on the importance of “Charting Our Course By The Unchanging Christ.”
My text is the same as the theme text for this convention: “Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today and forever.”