SBC WRAP-UP: Messengers lament, take steps to address sexual abuse

Southern Baptist messengers took a strong stand against sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches on June 13-14 at the 2022 SBC annual meeting. It was the first time in more than 25 years that California hosted the annual meeting. The recommendations of the Sexual Abuse Task Force were passed by messengers after a drama-filled year […]

Barber elected SBC president after runoff

Texas pastor Bart Barber won a run-off election for president of the Southern Baptist Convention June 14 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. Out of 5,587 votes cast, Barber received 3,401 (60.87 percent) and Florida pastor Tom Ascol received 2,172 votes (38.88 percent). Fourteen ballots were disallowed. In the first election, Barber received 3,258 […]

Interviews with the Candidates for SBC President

Editor’s Note: The three known candidates for president of the Southern Baptist Convention when it meets in June in Anaheim were each interviewed by Baptist Press in early May. A condensed version of the interviews with Tom Ascol, Bart Barber, and Robin Hadaway are presented here with brief introductory remarks, but links to their full […]

Litton names 2022 Committee on Committees

Southern Baptist Convention President Ed Litton has announced his appointments to the 2022 Committee on Committees. Litton, pastor of Redemption Church in Saraland, Ala., announced the chair and vice chair for the committee last fall, naming Jeremy Freeman, pastor of First Baptist Church, Newcastle, Okla., as chair, and Amanda Stanton, member of Calvary Church, Clearwater, […]

Committee on Nominations releases report; 7 from S.C. to serve 

The SBC Committee on Nominations has released its 2022 report in advance of the 2022 SBC annual meeting to be held June 14-15. Per SBC bylaws, the report is to be released through Baptist Press no later than 45 days prior to the gathering. The 2022 committee was chaired by Leah Finn, a member of […]

South Carolina Ties Prominent in SBC Anaheim Races

(Editor’s Note: This story has been updated since being published in our May issue.) Elections at next month’s Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Anaheim, Calif., will feature four candidates with current or previous ties to South Carolina — a first, at least in recent memory. Alex Sands, a former South Carolina Baptist Convention president and […]

EC waives attorney-client privilege during second special meeting

In a second, special called virtual meeting Oct. 5, members of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee voted 44-31 to waive attorney-client privilege in a third-party investigation of the EC and its handling of sexual abuse claims. The approved Executive Committee motion, made by Jared Wellman of Texas, states: “I would like to make a […]

Tuesday’s EC meeting to consider attorney-client privilege being streamed

The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee is scheduled to hold a special session on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 11:30 a.m. EDT, according to Rolland Slade, EC chairman. The central issue of the meeting, which will be live-streamed, is the finalization of an agreement with Guidepost Solutions and the matter of waiving of the EC’s attorney-client […]

Bowden: Serving God’s Purpose On and Off the Field

Although venerated as one of the winningest coaches in college football who led his teams to finish as an AP top-5 team for 14 consecutive seasons and garner two national championships, such accolades are not how Bobby Bowden would most like to be remembered, according to those who knew him well. Bowden, who died Aug. […]

SBC elects Litton, takes control of EC investigation

From the moment the gavel dropped – or actually, with the gavel that dropped – calling them to order, it was clear that messengers to the 2021 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 15-16 in Nashville were ready to make changes and challenge traditions in the name of advancing the gospel. SBC President J.D. Greear […]