Statement regarding the attack on Al Sultan Monastery

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Statement regarding that attack on Al Sultan Monastery

Global Missiology Issue

Global Missiology is a quarterly publication of contributions from international researchers, practitioners and scholars who have a global perspective.

Vol 1, No 16 (2018): Fresh Currents in Worldwide Gospel Ministry
Christianity’s worldwide spread has brought forth fresh wellsprings of gospel ministry. This issue highlights a plethora of Asian Christian leaders, both young and old as well as dispersed across much of Asia. The methodological background of seeing honor-shame contexts on their own terms is also analyzed. Moreover, lessons tied to an important southern African ministry are unpacked, continuing from the previous issue.

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Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky: “Our mission and voice and presence in America”

Delivering the keynote address at the 19th All-American Council Banquet on Thursday, July 26, 2018 was Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky, long-time Director of External Affairsof the Orthodox Church in America.

In his address, Father Leonid especially reflected on the ministries of Saints Herman, Innocent and Tikhon and their roles in planting the seeds of what today is the Orthodox Church in America.  He challenged his listeners to remain faithful to the Church’s “mission and voice and presence in America” as embodied in the life and labors of these three luminaries.

 

Read the text of Father Leonid’s address HERE

Statement on Christian Persecution in Myanmar (Burma)

 

A Statement on Christian Persecution in “Wa” Special Region (2) in Eastern Shan State Myanmar (Burma)

SEPTEMBER 27,2018

We, the Zomi Baptist Churches of America (ZBCA) is concerned about
the Christian Persecutions in “WA” Special Region(2) in Eastern State,
Myanmar. We are saddened and deeply moved to hear the report of
General Secretary of Lahu Baptist Convention in Kyaingtong to the
General Secretary of Myanmar Baptist Convention on September
25,2018.

The authorities concerned in Shan State (East), “WA” Special Region (2)
of Myanmar, locked and closed (52) Christian Churches, destroyed( 3)
churches, removed all the cherished and adored venerable antiques
memorials of Christians, closed Hutong Lahu Bible School, detained (92)
Pastors and kidnapped (41) Bible Students of both boys and girls and
drafted them to join in the armed forces by force.

We, the Zomi Baptist Churches of America (ZBCA) condemned these
incidents as human rights concerned and ask for your prayers and support
for our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being persecuted in
Myanmar (Burma).

 

Statement by the Zomi Baptist Churches of America (ZBCA)

Black Public Theology and Race in America

 

On Friday, October 12 and Saturday, October 13, 2018, Fuller Seminary’s William E. Pannell Center for African American Church Studies will host a public symposium on “Black Public Theology and Race in America”. Taking place on Fuller’s campus, this two-day event will engage black scholars and black church practitioners. The symposium seeks to bring the black academy and the black church into dialogue to explore ways to distill black theology and make it accessible to the black church and community.

Evening sessions of this event are free and open to the public. The day-time sessions are open to the public but tickets must be purchased online (discounts available for Fuller students, alumni, faculty, and staff). Click the link below to view the full event schedule and register online to attend.

For more information click HERE

ICCC Church Search for Senior Pastor

International Council of Community Churches

The Church in Aurora, Aurora, OH has opened up its search again for a Senior Pastor.  If you know a pastor who would be interesting in apply for this position (or want more information), please refer him or her to Ann Womer Benjamin, Chairperson of the Search Committee at th1ann@aol.com. 

Broader Support Raises UniteBoston to New Heights

(Note: UnitBostom is an innovative effort to bring together people fo faith in Boston.)

Hello friends!

This past month has been a whirlwind of testimonies and miracles! You may remember that our team decided to host our second annual worship night in the Boston Common in mid-July. We didn’t know exactly where all the resources would come from to host this large event, yet in prayer one day last month, I felt like God kept bringing to mind the name of a pastor from Highrock Church. I met him for coffee, and then incredibly, he decided to get his whole church network behind this event through funding support, and even committed to personally invite other local pastors to join in! You can read his endorsement here.

This led to a snowballing effect with other leaders in the city, such as an endorsement through the Catholic Archdiocese and an article in the Boston Pilot. Yes, this is amazing!

And what is really cool is the way that other people are taking the vision for Christian unity and running with it. At the very heart of this event was unity (so much more than just my efforts!) I worked with an amazing team of volunteers, sound technicians, and musicians to plan all of the logistics. The event on Facebook was shared 228 times, and over 49,000 people viewed the event (yes, that’s 49 thousand people! Not a typo!)

The worship night last Thursday was incredible. We had perfect weather, and an estimated 1,000 people were in attendance throughout the evening, including many people passing by who were in the park that evening. Christians of all denominations and ethnic backgrounds were also there – it was truly amazing to see the diversity of God’s people gather together to lift up the name of Jesus. The worship team did an incredible job leading us in a variety of types of music, including gospel, Christian rap, Messianic Jewish, charismatic, and traditional hymns. I helped to coordinate the sponsored tables of thirteen local churches and organizations that surrounded the perimeter of the premises. There was also great fellowship – a family reunion of sorts – and even a woman who painted canvases throughout the evening and a spontaneous dance party!

Kelly (UniteBoston Director)

MC USA celebrates historic installation of Glen Guyton, first African-American ED

8.27. 2018 Written By: Mennonite Church USA

Glen Guyton was installed as executive director of Mennonite Church USA on Aug. 18 at College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana. The service celebrated the beginning of his tenure as ED, which began May 1.

Guyton is the first African-American to serve as executive director of MC USA. His installation marks a significant moment in the denomination’s history.

Bishop L.W. Francisco III and Titus Peachey, two spiritual leaders whom Guyton credits as teaching him what it means to be an Anabaptist Christian, led parts of the installation. Peachey reflected on walking with Guyton as he discerned a decision to leave the military as a conscientious objector.

“It is a profound act of faith and discipleship to speak and act on the powerful truth of the gospel growing inside you, in the midst of the hierarchy and culture of a powerful military system,” said Peachey. “But God’s Spirit and the wider church community gave you the courage to stand on your faith and persist.”

“I can’t think of anything more truly Anabaptist,” he said.

Francisco, pastor of Calvary Community Church, Hampton, Virginia, where Guyton initially joined the Mennonite church in 1993, led the installation charge.

“I believe Glen was fashioned for such a time as this. His life’s journey has equipped and prepared him for this assignment,” said Bishop Francisco. “We must participate alongside our new executive director. He and the staff cannot do it alone. We did not call him to do our job. We did not call him to do our ministry. We called him to seek the heart of God. We called him to bring us back to a place of revival.”

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CBF’s Paynter announces leadership transition

July 19, 2018
By Jeff Huett

DECATUR, Ga. — Suzii Paynter, who in March 2013 became only the third executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, announced today that she is working with the CBF Governing Board to transition her leadership of the 27-year-old denomi-network.

“CBF is at a great place and poised for even greater impact,” Paynter said. “Thinking of the wisdom of Ecclesiastes that ‘to all things there is a season,’ I have been led to explore the options available to me as I plan my retirement from the CBF Executive Coordinator position.”

During her tenure at CBF, Paynter has championed Fellowship congregations, preaching and teaching in several hundred churches. She led CBF in a celebration of its 25th Anniversary, including a successful $12.5-million fundraising campaign to help support CBF into the future and oversaw a restructure and new strategy for CBF’s Global Missions work. Suzii led CBF in the development of formal advocacy efforts— ongoing ways to raise the voices of individuals and congregations on matters such as usurious payday lending and immigration reform and helped strengthen CBF’s connections to organizations that lead the way in speaking out about such issues.

Suzii also has led the creation of diversity and expansion initiatives in CBF life and recruited leaders to head them up, including the Latino Network, Fellowship Southwest, the African-American Network and McCall Racial Justice and Leadership Initiative. She has encouraged, celebrated and been a catalyst for the leadership of women in ministry. She also led CBF in a process called the Illumination Project to help Cooperative Baptists and churches chose unity over division, even among issues that have challenged many denominations.

CBF Moderator Gary Dollar expressed appreciation for Paynter and optimism for CBF’s future.

“Suzii has been the right leader at the right time for CBF,” Dollar said. “God equipped Suzii with unique skills, abilities and a deep compassion for others, and she faithfully used those things to grow CBF’s work in the Kingdom. We will miss her phenomenal leadership and energy, but we are optimistic about the future because we know Suzii built a solid foundation that will give our next leader an exciting opportunity to expand on our mission. The entire Governing Board is deeply appreciative of all Suzii’s done for CBF, and we wish her the best as she follows wherever God takes her from here.”

Paynter will remain as CBF Executive Coordinator until a successor begins work and will continue to work on behalf of CBF priorities even after she transitions out of the role.

Appreciation for Paynter and her tenure

Former CBF Moderators that have served alongside Paynter praised her leadership.

Bill McConnell, CBF moderator from 2013-2014 and current member of the Governing Board, spoke of his work alongside Paynter to restructure the governance of CBF in the wake of the 2012 Task Force Report.

“During my year chairing the new Governing Board I watched Suzii’s gifts for planning and organization lead the Fellowship through the changes required by the report. I remain impressed and thankful to this day in my second term on the Governing Board for her gifts, hard work and leadership. I have been able to watch her perform her responsibilities in person for almost her entire tenure. She has truly been a blessing to CBF and to me personally.

Kasey Jones, the CBF moderator from 2014-2015 and now CBF’s Associate Coordinator of Strategic Operations and Outreach, said it was “tremendous to witness and experience a woman leading a global Baptist body.”

“While discerning my call to ministry, I recognized that not having an image of a woman preacher limited my ability to see myself as preacher,” Jones said. “I applaud CBF for increasing the imagination of girls by calling Suzii Paynter as its leader. She has lead with grace, charm, intellect and boldness. We are and will be better off because of her.”

Immediate past moderator Shauw Chin Capps said Paynter’s leadership has strengthened CBF.

“In the years that Suzii has been at the helm of CBF, she has served with courage, integrity and a focus that has led to a stronger and healthier organization,” Capps said. “Suzii has provided us with a sound foundation to propel CBF into God’s future. Those of us who attended General Assembly this year witnessed it, felt it and knew in our hearts of hearts the undeniable presence and movement of the Holy Spirit at work within our Fellowship.”

Doug Dortch, senior minister of Mountain Brook Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., and CBF moderator from 2016-2017, said Paynter has led CBF to be a more faithful and unified body.

“Suzii Paynter arrived at CBF with a vision to lead our fellowship to become the preeminent Baptist voice in contemporary culture,” Dortch said. “She has done so through her deep faith, immense wisdom, and servant spirit. When we look back at Suzii’s tenure, we should be impressed at how she guided us through a major organizational restructuring in governance and mission that has positioned us to be nimble enough to respond to both opportunities and challenges in ways that have made us stronger.”

Matt Cook, pastor of First Baptist Church, Wilmington, N.C. and moderator from 2015-2016, also spoke about the impact of Paynter’s leadership.

“She combines strength and tenacity with grace and great wisdom,” Cook said. “Personally, I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work alongside her, and I believe her tenure will leave a deep and lasting legacy on the Fellowship.”

Search committee

A search committee from across the Fellowship has formed to select the right person to be CBF’s next executive coordinator. The committee’s work will begin in August.

Members are:

  • Courtney Allen, senior pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Richmond, Va.
  • Shauw Chin Capps, member, The Baptist Church of Beaufort, Beaufort, S.C.
  • Juan Garcia, pastor, Primera Iglesia Bautista, Newport News, Va.
  • Rev. Jennifer Hawks, member, McLean Baptist Church, McLean, Va.
  • Emmanuel McCall, pastor, First Baptist Church, East Point, Ga.
  • Jackie Baugh Moore, member, Woodland Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas
  • (Chair) Jeff Roberts, senior pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C.
  • Chris Sanders, member, Ridgewood Baptist Church, Louisville, Ky.
  • Steve Wells, pastor, South Main Baptist Church, Houston, Texas
  • *Stephen Cook, senior pastor, Second Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn., ex officio
  • *Gary Dollar, member, Dayspring Baptist Church, St. Louis, Mo., ex officio

A Conversation on Future Faith

Sojourners will be hosting a conversation at the end of next week, Friday at 11:30-1:00 on April 20th,   on Wes Granberg-Michaelson new book, Future Faith. The book explores the winds of change blowing through American Christianity, offering suggestions and challenges for the American church as the Christian faith becomes increasingly global and diverse. Wes’ perspective on these issues, and how the church can respond to the demands of the 21stcentury, is especially poignant and insightful for all who see the importance of the role for the churches—especially at a time like this.

The event, held at Sojourners’ offices (408 C ST NE) on Friday, April 20th, from 11:30am-1:00pm, will feature a panel discussion with several prominent international church leaders. Hana Kim, pastor of Myungsung Presbyterian Church in Seoul, South Korea, and Casely Essamuah, Secretary of the Global Christian Forum, will feature on the panel alongside Wes and myself. Adelle Banks, reporter for Religion News Service, will be moderating the conversation.

We are looking forward to this event as a thoughtful and important discussion of issues faced by the American church, and would be honored for you to join us in this conversation. Lunch will be provided, and you will receive a copy ofFuture Faith to take home.

For more details and to RSVP, please go here. Please feel free to forward the invitation to anyone you think would be interested in this conversation.