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International Mission Board trustees report 600,000 baptisms recorded in '06


SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) — Southern Baptists face the challenge of joining their missionaries in “whatever it takes” to make disciples of all peoples, International Mission Board trustees were told during their Nov. 6-7 meeting in Springfield, Ill.

Eighty-two new missionaries were appointed to overseas service in a ceremony held in conjunction with the 100th annual meeting of the Illinois Baptist State Association.

An IMB report, covering calendar year 2006, showed that Southern Baptist overseas missionaries and their national Baptist partners:

• witnessed the number of reported baptisms top 600,000 for the first time.

• saw 25,497 churches planted, increasing the number of congregations worldwide to 157,890.

• implemented church-planting strategies among 1,134 people groups, including 100 people groups newly-engaged with the gospel.

• engaged 567,413 new believers and 1.2 million church members in discipleship training.

• enrolled a total of 222,604 church leaders in residential and nonresidential pastoral training programs.