International Mission Board

‘By God’s Grace We are Here’

Dr. Paul Chitwood gave the following address to the International Mission Board trustees following their unanimous vote to elect him as the 173-year-old entity’s thirteenth president. It is by God’s grace that Michelle and I are here today. From Southern Baptist deacons knocking on doors to invite my family to church to share the gospel

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10 Reasons to stop giving through the Cooperative Program…and why they’re wrong

As I near a quarter of a century of ministry in and to churches cooperating with the Southern Baptist Convention, I can reflect upon countless conversations about the cooperative missions offering known as the Cooperative Program. In my role as a pastor, those conversations took place in budget committee meetings, missions committee meetings, in church hallways

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Reaching the unreached

Fulfilling the Great Commission requires cooperation. None of us, alone, are able to make disciples among all the world’s people groups. Working together, however, I believe the Great Commission can and will be fulfilled. Baptist churches in Kentucky 176 years ago became convinced they could do more to reach Kentucky and the world for Christ

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CP and ‘The Insanity of God’

I recently read The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken (pseudonym) and found it to be a tremendously impacting book. I have known the Ripkins for nearly 20 years, having served as pastor to members of Nik’s family. I also assisted with the memorial service when their teenage son died unexpectedly from an asthma attack

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