Founders Online wins award
The Founders Ministries web site (www.founders.org) has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Southern Baptist sites on the web. The award was made by the web directory service Suite 101 (www.suite101.com). The Founders site was the only one in the top five that does not represent an official SBC agency.
The other sites in the top five were the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby, the International Mission Board, and the North American Mission Board.
Founders Fellowship Breakfast June 15, 1999
A Founders Breakfast is scheduled before the opening session of the Southern Baptist Convention in Atlanta on Tuesday, June 15, at 7:00 AM in room W266-267 of the Georgia World Congress Center (the venue of the convention meeting). "The Church in the World: Biblical Mandates for the 21st Century" is the theme. Drs. Don Whitney and Tom Ascol will speak. Cost is $5.00 for a full sit-down breakfast. Tickets must be purchased in advance from Founders Ministries • PO Box 150931 • Cape Coral, FL 33915. Space is limited.
New church formed in Little Rock
Seeking a fellowship of Southern Baptist believers who are committed to the Doctrines of Grace, seven families have together formed Covenant Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas.
According to the church's website, "Covenant Baptist Church is a fellowship of believers committed to the sovereignty and majesty of God, historic Southern Baptist beliefs, and the evangelization of Arkansas, America and the world.…Covenant Baptist brings together people from all walks of life who believe Christ's grace is both necessary and sufficient to save our world, and who are committed to sharing His love with all mankind."
"This is a thrilling opportunity," said Rod D. Martin, 29, an elder of the church. "For far too long our city has been without a Southern Baptist congregation which actively disciples its members in terms of the historic Reformed faith. It is our aim to focus unceasingly on the majesty and sovereignty of God, just as our Southern Baptist forefathers always did before us."
"'Church Growth' is fine, as far as it goes; but what we're interested in is conforming to the likeness of Christ through the diligent study and application of Scripture. That offends people, but it calls them to repentance and life in a way that no praise chorus ever will."
Elder Ronnie Rudd agreed. "Churches today are so busy focusing on the felt needs of man that they have increasingly forgotten the timeless purposes of God. If we begin to really understand God, we will know everything we need to know about us."
The church meets temporarily at the Eagle Forum building, 623 Woodlane, across from the State Capitol. Sunday School begins at 9:50 A.M., with services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Sundays, and at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Martin and Rudd share preaching duties while a senior pastor is sought.
Covenant Baptist's statement of faith (the New Hampshire Baptist Confession of 1853), church covenant, and constitution are all available on the web at http://www.theVanguard.org/cbc.
SBC church membership declines for first time since 1926
According to Annual Church Profiles for 1998, which are compiled by Lifeway Christian Resources, membership in Southern Baptist churches decreased by 162,158 last year. Numeric gains were noted in other areas including Sunday morning attendance, Sunday School and Discipleship Training enrollment and financial contributions. Baptisms decreased 1.16 percent from 1997 to a total of 407,264.
Membership in most Southern Baptist churches would need to decrease at least 50 percent in order to bring statistics into closer alignment to reality. Two generations of neglecting biblical church discipline have left most congregations with inflated church rolls which are dominated by inactive and non-resident members.