Caring Well team to equip churches

In an ongoing effort to help churches respond to the sexual abuse crisis in the Southern Baptist Convention and be proactive in addressing it, an Arizona Southern Baptist team attended a national conference Oct. 3-5 in Grapevine, Texas. The team has begun discussing how to equip Arizona Southern Baptist churches.

The conference, “Caring Well: Equipping the Church to Confront the Abuse Crisis, ” was hosted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission in partnership with the SBC Sexual Abuse Advisory Group.
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‘Caring Well’: Sexual abuse ‘Gospel issue,’ Greear says

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GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) — The Gospel cannot be separated from how the church deals with sexual abuse, Southern Baptist leaders J.D. Greear and Russell Moore said Thursday (Oct. 3) on the first day of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s sixth annual national conference.

Greear, SBC president, and Moore, ERLC president, spoke to a sellout audience of more than 1,650 registrants at the conference, “Caring Well: Equipping the Church to Confront the Abuse Crisis,” in Grapevine, Texas.
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‘Caring Well’: SBC must fight for victims

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GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) –Speakers from outside and inside the Southern Baptist Convention addressed the topic of sexual abuse and churches’ response Oct. 3-5 at a national conference.

Survivors and advocates pointed to missteps and a desire for repentance in the SBC, while Southern Baptist leaders urged pastors and churches not to fall short in caring for victims and preventing abuse during the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission’s (ERLC) sixth annual national conference hosted in partnership with the SBC Sexual Abuse Advisory Group.
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Beth Moore, Kay Warren address courage, abuse’s effects

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GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) — Courage and a recognition of trauma’s long-term effects are called for if the church is to deal sufficiently with its sexual abuse crisis, two well-known women in the evangelical Christian world said Thursday (Oct. 3) during an Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission-sponsored conference.

Bible teacher Beth Moore and author Kay Warren — both survivors of childhood sexual abuse — were among the six female speakers who addressed “Caring Well: Equipping the Church to Confront the Abuse Crisis” on the opening day of the 2019 national conference hosted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) in partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention Sexual Abuse Advisory Group.
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Survivors share stories at ‘Caring Well

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GRAPEVINE, Texas (BP) — Survivors of sexual abuse shared their painful stories and urged churches to care for the survivors in their midst at a Southern Baptist-sponsored national conference Oct. 3-5.

The survivors’ personal stories came during “Caring Well: Equipping the Church to Confront the Abuse Crisis,” a conference hosted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) in partnership with the SBC Sexual Abuse Advisory Group. The event — the ERLC’s sixth annual national conference — sought to educate churches about abuse prevention and ministering to survivors.
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Send Network, budget, goals top Council agenda

At their meeting Sept. 10 in Phoenix, the Convention Council of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention accepted a proposal to expand the Send Phoenix church planting network statewide, adopted strategic goals for the Centennial Vision 2.0 and approved a 2020 budget for consideration by messengers at the annual meeting in November.

The North American Mission Board proposed expanding the existing Send Phoenix church planting network, which actually includes the region from Phoenix to Tucson, to include the entire state, David Johnson, AZSBC executive director, told the council.

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Durham to fill new role

Keith Durham, church revitalization specialist with the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention since May 2017, will fill a new AZSBC facilitator role as church health facilitator beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

In this new position, Durham will continue to focus on church revitalization, but he will also concentrate on leadership development and church ministries.

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Gray, Tucson Refugee Ministry founder, dies

Cherie Gray, founder and executive director of Tucson Refugee Ministry (TRM), died Oct. 18 in Tucson at age 51. She was diagnosed with cancer in November 2018.

As a North American Mission Board Mission Service Corps missionary raising her own support, Gray began Tucson Refugee Ministry in 2006 with support from Casas Church, Tucson, and Catalina Baptist Association. She said her call was to “connect churches with refugees, and to love and serve the nations at our doorstep.”

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Pastors encouraged to ‘Press On’

Pastors across Arizona were encouraged to press on at the second annual Arizona Pastors Conference. The event’s theme, “Press On,” was intended to renew pastors for ongoing faithfulness and connect them to the gospel movement across Arizona. 

“Pastors need to be encouraged,” said David Johnson, Arizona Southern Baptist Convention executive director. “They need to have their souls fed and to hear the Word preached. They need that spiritual nourishment themselves. And they need to connect with other pastors. These things are very essential.”
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Renovations completed at AZSBC office

After moving in early January, renovations are done and just a few finishing touches are left on the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention office and Gateway Seminary Arizona campus in Phoenix. That’s what AZSBC Executive Director David Johnson told the Convention Council at their meeting Sept.
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Pastor returns to lead unique church he started

When Pastor Tony Lineberger moved to Phoenix in 1984 to plant New Life Baptist Church, little did he know he would serve the church as pastor twice.

Lineberger is the founding pastor, “pastor emeritus” and current pastor of the church in southwest Phoenix near 87th Avenue and Encanto Blvd. Lineberger’s wife, Sarah, has been an influential and instrumental leader as well.

“The most difficult part was in the beginning,” Lineberger said. Starting the church in their home on Nov. 11, 1984, no one except the family came to the first service.
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La Verne Brown, IMB missionary with Arizona ties, dies

LaVerne Brown, an International Mission Board missionary with Arizona ties who shared the gospel with Sub-Saharan African affinity peoples in Africa and Europe, died from cancer at age 48 on Sept. 12.

Brown didn’t know when, where or how God was going to work in her life. She just kept moving forward.
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