IMB data breach prompts ‘comprehensive response’

A data breach occurred at the International Mission Board that may have exposed personal information of current and former employees, volunteers and applicants. The Southern Baptist entity began a “comprehensive response” immediately upon discovering the cyber security incident and promptly notified law enforcement officials, according to a statement released to Baptist Press today (July 16), […]

Southern Baptists tackle gender, ethnicity issues at 2018 meeting

Southern Baptists elected a new convention president, turned back a motion to dismiss a portion of a seminary‚Äôs board of trustees, adopted resolutions affirming women and denouncing abuse, and heard a message from vice president Mike Pence at the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, June 12-13. North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear […]

‘Associational Mission Strategist’ suggested DOM title

“Associational Mission Strategist” (AMS) is the new recommended title for Southern Baptist mission leaders formerly called directors of missions or DOMs. The new title was unanimously approved by nearly 250 members attending the 2018 Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL), June 10-11 in Dallas, though its recommendations are not binding for the more than […]

J.D. Greear elected SBC president

Writer: Barbara Denman North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear was elected Southern Baptist Convention president June 12 during the 2018 annual meeting in Dallas, two years after conceding a closely contested election to lead the denomination. The newly elected president succeeds Memphis-area pastor Steven Gaines who served two one-year presidential terms from 2016-2018. Greear, 45, who […]

Gaines addresses Patterson, racial diversity, SBC

Responding to questions about his committee appointments and controversy involving a Southern Baptist seminary leader, SBC president Steve Gaines released a statement May 11 to Baptist Press. Gaines, pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., specifically addresses the controversy involving past statements by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary president Paige Patterson on women, divorce […]

Q&A: Greear responds to Baptist editors’ questions

North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear, one of two candidates to be nominated for Southern Baptist Convention president in June, responded to six questions from Baptist Press and Baptist state editors. Florida pastor Ken Whitten announced Greear’s nomination for SBC president Jan. 29. During the 16 years Greear has pastored The Summit, worship attendance has grown […]

Q&A: Hemphill responds to Baptist editors’ questions

University administrator and former seminary president Ken Hemphill, one of two candidates to be nominated for Southern Baptist Convention president in June, responded to six questions from Baptist Press and Baptist state editors. A coalition of Southern Baptists announced the nomination Feb. 1 via a Baptist state paper. (See related Baptist Press report.) Hemphill was […]

Pastor: School shooting incident defused by God’s intervention

First Baptist Church was on the front line, ministering to students, faculty and staff after a gunman opened fire at nearby Forest High School in Ocala, Fla. One student was injured in the April 20 incident, which lasted only minutes. But the church’s connection to the shooting goes beyond providing crisis ministry to students and […]

Billy Graham, 99, now in ‘the presence of God’

Legendary evangelist Billy Graham — whose preaching may have been heard by more people than anyone in Christian history — died Feb. 21. He was 99. During 80 years of ministry, Graham’s down-to-earth, homespun sermons filled stadiums across the world, leading to the salvation of untold millions. Ordained a Southern Baptist minister, he was a […]

State papers celebrate milestones, consider future

Milestone anniversaries of two Baptist state newspapers have occasioned reflection on the present ministry of state papers and their future role among Southern Baptists.   The Alabama Baptist celebrated 175 years of continuous publication Feb. 6 with a birthday party in Marion, Ala., site of the paper’s founding. North Carolina’s Biblical Recorder marked 185 years […]