Churches eligible for federal payroll protection funding through SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration has issued a FAQ document for faith-based organizations reiterating that they are eligible to receive SBA loans through the Payroll Protection Program. The document says “no otherwise eligible organization will be disqualified from receiving a loan because of the religious nature, religious identity, or religious speech of the organization.” The […]

WMU Missions Celebration canceled, Blume postponed

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WMU Executive Board has voted to cancel the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting scheduled for June 7-8, 2020, in Orlando, and to postpone Blume, a missions event for girls scheduled July 8-11, 2020, at Germantown Baptist Church in Tennessee until the summer of 2021. “I am saddened […]

Q&A: How Churches, Pastors Are Eligible for Relief in Stimulus Package

The COVID-19 Pandemic Phase III Stimulus Package signed into law March 27 by President Trump will provide potential relief for churches and pastors, thanks to efforts by the Church Alliance, a national coalition of large and historic church benefit boards, including GuideStone, and Southern Baptist partners to ensure churches and pastors have the same options […]

BREAKING NEWS: 2020 SBC Annual Meeting canceled

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting has been canceled for the first time in 75 years. Citing authority provided by the SBC Constitution “in the case of grave emergency,” the decision was made Tuesday, March 24, in a unanimous vote of a body composed of SBC officers, the SBC […]

EC to Pastors Conference: Change program or lose meeting space

Responding to concerns about the speakers’ lineup for the 2020 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors Conference, the SBC Executive Committee voted Feb. 18 to allocate meeting space for the event provided changes are made to the proposed program. According to the action, the Executive Committee believes “multiple aspects” of the proposed program for the Pastors Conference […]

Dew nominated to lead New Orleans Seminary

James K. “Jamie” Dew Jr., vice president for undergraduate studies and distance learning at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, has been nominated as the next president of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  The presidential search committee will present Dew to the full trustee board for a vote on June 5. “As a committee, our focus has […]

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’s 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 […]