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June 16, 1999




Baptist Briefs
___bluebull Team-building events offered. A series of team-building events for pastors and ministerial staff members has been scheduled by LifeWay Christian Resources in response to needs expressed in telephone interviews with church leaders. The first event is Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Phoenix, Ariz. Others scheduled in 2000 include March 16-18, Lake Yale, Fla.; April 13-15, Oklahoma City; April 27-29, Houston; Aug. 24-26, Louisville, Ky; and Sept. 18-20, Shocco Springs, Ala. Objectives of the events are to help leaders appreciate each team member's abilities and uniqueness, understand each other's personalities and work styles, value each member and have a vision and confidence in what they can accomplish as a team. For registration information, call (615) 251-2265, or e-mail LeaderCare@ lifeway.com.
___bluebull Missionary Truly dies. Elizabeth Truly, an emeritus Southern Baptist
___missionary to Nigeria, died May 26. She was 86. A native of DeLeon who grew up in Ballinger, Truly was appointed as a missionary to Nigeria by the Southern Baptist International Mission Board in 1938. She served as adviser to associational Woman's Missionary Union groups in Nigeria, as principal of Baptist Women's College in Abeokuta and as a Bible teacher. She retired in 1979.
___bluebull Canadians to start churches. Canadian Southern Baptists embraced a goal to start 1,000 new churches across Canada by the year 2020 during their annual meeting May 25-27 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. To have such a large goal when the Canadian Convention of Southern Baptists now has only 146 churches requires more than "dreaming," said Gerry Taillon, the convention's new national ministry leader. "If God gives us a dream, he will help us see that day when it is accomplished."
___bluebull Youth groups sought for relief work. First Baptist Church of Moore, Okla., is hosting disaster recovery groups as large as 300 youths this summer in response to the tornadoes that swept through the state's midsection May 3. Volunteers will help repair damaged homes and clear away debris left behind by the storms. Housing and meals for the volunteers will be provided at the church, except for lunch, which will be served at the work sites. While no fees are being charged, churches are asked to send a love offering of $40-$50 per student with their group to help defray expenses. For more information, call (405) 550-2426.
___bluebull Woman to lead British Baptists. A woman noted for ecumenical work has been named deputy general secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. Myra Blyth, a former Baptist pastor who now works for the World Council of Churches, is the first woman to hold the post. She will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the union's offices in Didcot, England.
___bluebull Correction: Last week's report on the 20th anniversary of the 1979 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Houston contained two errors. One of the stories incorrectly identified Ralph Elliott's book titled "The Message of Genesis" as part of the Broadman Commentary series, which it was not. Also, Larry Baker, former head of the SBC Christian Life Commission, is not currently retired but is pastor of First Baptist Church of Sun City West, Ariz.

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