WOMEN CONSIDER FEMALE ROLE MODELS

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Carol Anderson Shores of Acts of Renewal Ministry of Kentucky portrays the biblical character of Sarah during The Good Cup held at Summit.

Carol Anderson Shores of Acts of Renewal Ministry of Kentucky portrays the biblical character of Sarah during The Good Cup held at Summit.

SEVIERVILLE — The about 170 ministers’ wives who attended “The Good Cup” learned from four dramatic presentations, discussions around their tables with peers, and worshiped during Summit: The Gathering of Tennessee Baptists held Nov. 13-17 at the Sevierville Convention Center.

Carol Anderson Shores of Acts of Renewal Ministry based in Kentucky portrayed four characters during the event and then taught using the characters and their experiences.

She portrayed Martha who hosted Jesus for a meal along with her sister Mary recorded in Luke 10:38-42. Shores says at one point as she orders servants in their tasks to prepare the meal, “If this meal ever comes together, it will be a miracle. Benhop, get away from the door. We work here for the teacher. Yes, I’m sure what He has to say is fascinating, but let’s get back to what’s important.” [Read more…]

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CAPTURE THE NEXT GENERATION: ED GAMBLE

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Tennessee Baptists visit with leaders of a breakout session of Summit on Christian schools. From left are Walter Grubb, president, Harrison-Chilhowee Baptist Academy, Seymour; Wesley Scott, Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools; Larry Reagan, pastor, Adams Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Dresden, and headmaster, Central Christian Academy, Martin; and Ed Gamble, SBACS.

Tennessee Baptists visit with leaders of a breakout session of Summit on Christian schools. From left are Walter Grubb, president, Harrison-Chilhowee Baptist Academy, Seymour; Wesley Scott, Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools; Larry Reagan, pastor, Adams Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Dresden, and headmaster, Central Christian Academy, Martin; and Ed Gamble, SBACS.

SEVIERVILLE — “Ninety percent of America’s evangelical kids attend a school where it is illegal to teach the full truth, ” said Ed Gamble in a breakout session of Summit which includes the annual meeting of the Tennessee Baptist Convention.

“Why is it so important that the church take ownership of the weekday?” he asked in the Nov. 14 session, “Christian Schools and Beyond: Capturing the Next Generation.” 

Christians should be “passing our faith from one generation to the next,” however “in America we’re not getting it done.” said Gamble, retired executive director, Southern Baptist Association of Christian Schools. [Read more…]

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CONFERENCE HONORS ‘UNKNOWN HEROES’

By Tim Ellsworth
Contributing Writer, Baptist and Reflector

Officers of the Tennessee Baptist Pastors Conference are, from left, Derek Smith, pastor, Living Hope Baptist Church, Collierville, secretary/treasurer; Tim McGehee, pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Tullahoma, president-elect; and Jim Collier, Kirby Woods Baptist Church, Memphis, president.

Officers of the Tennessee Baptist Pastors Conference are, from left, Derek Smith, pastor, Living Hope Baptist Church, Collierville, secretary/treasurer; Tim McGehee, pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Tullahoma, president-elect; and Jim Collier, Kirby Woods Baptist Church, Memphis, president.

SEVIERVILLE — Pastors must guard against ambition and pride if their ministries are to be characterized by faithfulness and not by failure, Paige Patterson told pastors attending the 2016 Tennessee Baptist Pastors Conference Nov. 14.

“The Lord is serious about this business of ministry,” said Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. “We need to make up our minds now that to the end we’ll be faithful to the Lord.” [Read more…]

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SUMMIT’S OVER; HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

thanksgiving-turkey-mealThe 2016 Summit in Sevierville is over and by all accounts it was one of the best ever.

The number of registered messengers was low by East Tennessee standards — 1,211, but attendance at some sessions neared or topped 2,000 people. The decision to add a worship service to Summit on Sunday night proved to be a “home run.” Tennessee pastor and Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines delivered a powerful message. Combined with a testimony from University of Tennessee football great Todd Kelly Sr., and music by the Tennessee Men’s Chorale, those who attended left the sessions with their “cups full.” [Read more…]

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GAINES: WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY?

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

SBC President Steve Gaines delivers the message during the “Tennessee Reunion” at Summit on Sunday, Nov. 13.

SBC President Steve Gaines delivers the message during the “Tennessee Reunion” at Summit on Sunday, Nov. 13.

SEVIERVILLE – Nearly 2,000 Tennessee Baptists from across the state gathered at the Sevierville Convention Center Nov. 13 for a “Tennessee Reunion.”

An estimated 1,600 people attended the worship service led by fellow Tennessean Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, and president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the opening night of Summit scheduled for Nov. 13-17. Another 400 people attended a concurrent worship service for Hispanic Baptists in an adjoining hall.

Former University of Tennessee football legend Todd Kelly Sr. joined Gaines at the worship service that featured music from the Tennessee Men’s Chorale and praise team from First Baptist Church, Sevierville. [Read more…]

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‘IT’S LATER THAN YOU THINK’

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Roc Collins, pastor of Indian Springs Baptist Church, Kingsport, delivers his president’s address.

Roc Collins, pastor of Indian Springs Baptist Church, Kingsport, delivers his president’s address.

SEVIERVILLE — “It’s later than you think, but it’s not too late,” declared Roc Collins, president of the Tennessee Baptist Convention at the TBC annual meeting. The meeting was held as part of the Nov. 13-17 Summit here.

“We believe Jesus is coming and because we believe He is coming we want to tell somebody who doesn’t know He is coming. I don’t understand what has happened to us that we seem to have lost our fervor. Friend, it’s later than you think. …

“We’ve become satisfied in too many of our churches, satisfied. We have no burden for a lost world. We don’t care if people die and go to hell,” Collins proclaimed in his president’s address. He spoke from Romans 13:11-12. [Read more…]

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TRUE WORSHIP CHANGES PEOPLE: JARED

By Connie Davis Bushey
News Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Gary Jared, pastor of Stuart Heights Baptist Church, Chattanooga, delivers the convention sermon.

Gary Jared, pastor of Stuart Heights Baptist Church, Chattanooga, delivers the convention sermon.

SEVIERVILLE — “What is the one thing that God wants? … The one thing that God wants is worship,” said Gary Jared at the Tennessee Baptist Convention annual meeting. The meeting was held as part of the Nov. 13-17 Summit here.

At one time he thought worship was based on how well he preached or how well the baptismal service went, said Jared during the convention sermon.

“A lot of people will miss what worship is all about,” he explained. One of his professors described worship as a person giving God their undivided attention and undivided affection, added Jared who is pastor, Stuart Heights Baptist Church, Chattanooga. [Read more…]

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IF YOU COULD ASK GOD ONE QUESTION …

By Randy C. Davis
TBC Executive Director

Randy C. Davis

Randy C. Davis

There are a millions of spiritually lost people in Tennessee.

That is an obvious statement, but that reality grabbed me again in recent weeks. This time, the faceless mass got personal as spiritual lostness introduced itself with a person’s name.

In preparing for our annual Summit, we sent thousands of cards to our Baptist Collegiate Ministry leaders containing a single question: “If you could ask God one question, what would you ask?” We asked BCM leaders to use the cards to survey students on their respective campuses. We had no idea how the question would be received, but the response was astounding. Nearly 2,000 cards came back individually signed, and as I read through the responses, several truths hit me. [Read more…]

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TENNESSEE BAPTIST MISSION BOARD

Messengers approve new name for Executive Board, elect Freeman

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

New officers of the Tennessee Baptist Convention are, from left, Todd Stinnett, pastor, Black Oak Heights Baptist Church, Knoxville, second vice president; Steve Freeman, pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Springfield, president; and Michael Crandall, pastor, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Dyersburg, vice president.

New officers of the Tennessee Baptist Convention are, from left, Todd Stinnett, pastor, Black Oak Heights Baptist Church, Knoxville, second vice president; Steve Freeman, pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Springfield, president; and Michael Crandall, pastor, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Dyersburg, vice president. -Photos by Corinne Williams

SEVIERVILLE — Messengers to the annual meeting of the Tennessee Baptist Convention approved a new name for the Executive Board and elected Springfield pastor Steve Freeman as their new president.

The two actions were among many that took place during Summit: The Gathering of Tennessee Baptists held Nov. 13-17 at the Sevierville Convention Center.

The final unofficial registration tallied 1,211 registered messengers from 503 churches throughout the state. The numbers do not reflect the total number of people who attended various sessions. On Nov. 13, there was an estimated 2,000-plus people who attended the worship service led by Steve Gaines (see story here) and a concurrent Hispanic worship service.

Registration exceeded the 953 messengers from 322 churches who attended last year’s Summit in Millington and the 1,172 messengers who attended Summit in 2014 in Brentwood. [Read more…]

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SCENES FROM THE 2016 SUMMIT

  • University of Tennessee football great Todd Kelly Sr., speaks during the Sunday night worship service.
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