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SBC DIGEST: 2nd VP nominee named

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NORFOLK, Va. (BP)--Virginia pastor Eric Thomas will be nominated as second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, a North Carolina pastor announced June 9.
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Thomas, pastor of First Baptist Church in Norfolk, Va., will be nominated by Clint Pressley, senior pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C.

The SBC annual meeting will be June 14-15 in Phoenix. A full story on the nomination will be published when Baptist Press receives further information from the nominator.

1st VP NOMINEE'S KEY 2010 STATS -- In compiling statistics related to nominees for Southern Baptist Convention offices, Baptist Press has gathered the following information related to first vice president candidate Fred Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, La.

In 2010, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church reported primary worship attendance of 4,000; undesignated receipts of $4,407,217; Cooperative Program contributions of $261,798; a Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions gift of $35; an Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions gift of $1,323; and $479,540 in total missions expenditures. The information above matches the Annual Church Profile data maintained by LifeWay Christian Resources.

The initial Baptist Press story on Luter's nomination for SBC first vice president can be accessed at www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=35473. Information on SBC officer nominees can be accessed at www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=35481

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MO. EXEC SEARCH COMMITTEE MEETS -- The Missouri Baptist Convention's 11-member executive director search committee held its second meeting May 26 in Jefferson City at the Baptist Building as it continues "its quest to find the 20th executive director for the Convention," according to a news release from the committee.

Committee chairman Vic Borden, pastor of Red Bridge Baptist Church in Kansas City, said the committee met for several hours to pray and establish guidelines for their work necessitated by the January resignation of David Tolliver.

"The full committee met and it was a time permeated by prayer, transparency and a commitment to serve together in unity," Borden said after the committee's meeting. "We established guidelines on how the committee will operate."

Borden said the committee already has received some nominations but declined to reveal how many. He said the committee will continue to receive nominations until June 30. All nominations may be sent to Vic Borden, Red Bridge Baptist Church, Kansas City, MO 64137-2059.

The committee's next meeting will be in July at the Baptist Building. All of its sessions are being held in closed-door executive session.

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"We will be working through our foundational guidelines in preparation of the committee being fully prepared to evaluate nominations as they come in," said Borden, who also serves on the MBC Executive Board. He would not speculate about how long the search might take, but added, "We are not letting grass grow under our feet."

The committee includes Missouri Southern Baptists from the conventions eight regions and was unanimously approved by the MBC Executive Board during its April 12 meeting.

James Freeman, a member of Country Meadows Baptist Church in Lee's Summit, serves as vice chairman. The Missouri convention's president, John Marshall, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Springfield, is a non-voting member.

Compiled by Baptist Press editor Art Toalston and assistant editor Mark Kelly.

Copyright (c) 2011 Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press www.BPNews.net

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