Baptist News: interview with new SBC Hispanic church leader; IMB celebrates 175; Fill the Tank on Easter
After three years in Guadalajara, Mexico, planting a church that quickly became the largest Baptist church in the city, Julio and Carla Arriola moved to Nashville, where Julio will serve as SBC Executive Committee’s executive director of Hispanic relations and mobilization. See the link to his interview below. BP/Special
Greear urges churches to ‘Fill the Tank’ on Easter
NASHVILLE (BP) — J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is calling SBC churches to participate in a nationwide focus on baptism this Easter Sunday, April 12.
After the success of the first “Baptism Sunday” in September 2019, Greear and other SBC leadership hope to continue to focus on growing proclamations of faith through public baptism services.
“We have heard some of the most amazing stories coming out of our Baptism Sunday in September,” Greear said. “We heard stories of family members, friends and even taxi drivers responding in baptism – many of whom had been prayed over for years. I believe last fall was just scratching the surface of what God wants to do, and will do, when we extend the call to believe and be baptized. Many sit in our pews that simply need to be instructed and invited.”
Greear explained that a Baptism Sunday service is an opportunity for thousands of people in churches to immediately respond to the Gospel by taking that first step of obedience and faith.
“Many of the people who will fill our pews on Easter will come as interested spectators,” Greear noted. “When we invite them to be baptized, we’re calling them to make a decision to be followers of Jesus – and that’s exactly what people who hear the Gospel need to do.”
Arriola gives vision for ‘thousands more’ Hispanic churches
NASHVILLE — (BP) “In the near future I see Hispanics within our congregations committing more than ever to be part of those who make a difference, without focusing so much on whether or not they are Hispanic, but simply on seeing their neighbor as who they are: people in need of a relationship with our Lord Jesus.”
Julio Arriola, new executive director of Hispanic relations and mobilization with the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, shared those thoughts in an interview with Baptist Press. Click here for more.
IMB to commemorate 175 years among the nations throughout 2020
RICHMOND, Va. (BP) — For 175 years, Southern Baptists have not failed to have a witness among the nations, International Mission Board (IMB) president Paul Chitwood told home office staff and field personnel this week. This year marks the 175th anniversary of Southern Baptist mission work around the world.
To commemorate this significant milestone, IMB announced a 175th anniversary campaign. Throughout 2020, IMB will share stories and videos that recognize the movement of God among the nations and honor those have who followed His call to pray, give and go.
Highlights of the campaign include:
- Short stories, videos, and photos on IMB’s social media channels, beginning in January;
- An interactive timeline on the IMB website, featuring missionary vignettes and short videos of IMB’s work by decade, launched in May;
- A photo book containing IMB photographs and stories of God’s movement among the nations throughout its history, released in May;
- An interactive experience at IMB’s booth at the Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando in June to allow visitors to walk through 175 years of IMB history.
In addition, IMB’s “175 days of prayer” begins May 11 and will culminate with IMB’s week of prayer for international missions Nov. 29-Dec. 6. In preparation, IMB is seeking to enlist at least 1,750 prayer advocates who will commit to pray for specific IMB requests. Each day will feature one request sent as a push notification from the IMB Pray app, accessed at imb.org/pray or the Pray Daily newsletter, or seen through IMB’s social media channels. To register as a prayer advocate, visit here.
A video retrospective of IMB’s 175 years can be found at the bottom of the article at Baptist Press.
Names in the News
William “Dub” Henry Jackson Jr., pioneer of partnership missions, died Jan. 19 in Fort Worth after an extended illness. He was 95.
Recognized as the 1998 distinguished alumnus of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Jackson began and ended his life on the campus. He was born there in 1924 while his father was a student, and his last years were spent on Seminary Hill, where he lived and invested in students his passion for missions. He received his bachelor of Divinity degree in 1951 at the Seminary.
A World War II P-38 fighter pilot who saw combat in the Pacific, Jackson would go on to become a missionary to the Japanese people he once fought and to develop a new strategy of missions work – partnership missions, in which laypeople were encouraged to become short-term missionaries rather than only those called to full-time missions.
In addition to his missionary and pastoral service, Jackson also served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Dallas Baptist University, and the Baptist World Alliance.
Jackson was preceded in death by Doris, his wife of 68 years; his son William H. (Bill) Jackson III; grandson Jered Jackson; sister May Bond; and brother-in-law, Colonel Vic Lipsesy. He is survived by his children Shirley and Randy Roberts, Lynda and Mike Hughes, David and Darlyne Jackson, and Juanita and Steve Hayden; daughter-in-law Susan Jackson; sister Annette Lipsey; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. (BP)
The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has hired award-winning journalist George Schroeder as its new associate vice president for convention news.
In this new role, Schroeder’s nearly 30 years of experience in the news industry will help him lead the editorial direction and team of journalists and editors at Baptist Press, the Convention’s news service.
In 2012, Schroeder joined USA Today as a senior writer reporting breaking news and writing enterprise and feature stories, along with analyses and columns. His national college sports coverage earned him nine Associated Press Editor awards. Schroeder was named president of Football Writers Association of America in 2009 and has served on various boards of professional reporters.
In addition to USA Today, Schroeder’s bylines include The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.), The Oklahoman, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Sports Illustrated, and he is also a regular host and co-host of multiple shows on SiriusXM radio.
George and his family are members of Trinity Baptist Church in Norman, Okla., where he serves on the church’s missions team, overseeing their ministry efforts in Guatemala through multiple trips each year.