Messengers overwhelmingly affirm necessity of ERLC

Messengers to the 2022 Southern Baptist Convention voted down a motion to abolish the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. The motion was made by messenger Joshua Scruggs from Bethlehem Baptist Church in Jacksonville, N.C. “I motioned that we abolish the ERLC in order to remove an entity that had the unintended consequence of causing needless […]

Messengers to vote on motion to ‘abolish ERLC’

A motion made on first day of the 2022 SBC annual meeting will bring a vote to the floor of the convention to “abolish the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.” The vote is scheduled for 11:35 a.m., Wednesday, June 15. The motion was made by messenger Joshua Scruggs from Bethlehem […]

Hunt resigns from NAMB, named in Guidepost report

Longtime pastor and SBC leader Johnny Hunt resigned from his position at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) on May 13, according to a statement from NAMB President Kevin Ezell. Hunt served as the senior vice president of evangelism and leadership since August 2018. He led prominent Southern Baptist church First Baptist in Woodstock, Ga., […]

SBC presidential candidates share competing visions in forum

In what is being called an “unprecedented gathering,” the three announced candidates for Southern Baptist Convention president spent just under two hours answering questions and interacting with one another in a candidate forum in May at First Baptist Church, Keller, Texas. Tom Ascol, Bart Barber and Robin Hadaway covered topics such as Critical Race Theory, […]

McLaurin named SBC Executive Committee interim president/CEO

Willie McLaurin will be the interim president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee. The EC officers made the announcement Feb. 1. Since 2020, McLaurin has served as the vice president for Great Commission relations and mobilization at the EC. “We hope that he will help us to reset the tone by which the EC […]

Southern Baptists helping in ‘mammoth’ tornado recovery

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief teams have been working in the initial phases of rescue and recovery in west and south-central Kentucky. Teams from Kentucky, North Carolina, Missouri and Texas have responded to calls for help. The death toll for the storms that stretched across Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee early Saturday morning, Dec. 11, […]

Floyd resigns as SBC Executive Committee leader

Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee, announced his resignation Oct. 14 in a letter to Southern Baptists released by email. Floyd pointed to the actions taken by trustees in a special called meeting on Oct. 5 as the basis for his decision. “The decisions made on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 5, in response […]

Vice President resigns from SBC Executive Committee staff

Greg Addison, executive vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, is stepping down. Addison notified Ronnie Floyd, SBC EC president and CEO, of his intention to step down on Oct. 15, according to an email sent to EC trustees and staff on Oct. 20. Addison filled a new position for the EC when he came […]

Former EC chair Stone sues former ERLC president Moore

In a lawsuit filed Oct. 18, former SBC Executive Committee Chairman Mike Stone alleges he has “suffered a tremendous loss in professional cultivation and reputational standing, decreased future earning power … and serious mental and emotional injury in the form of extreme public embarrassment, stress, anxiety, and fear” due to the actions of former Ethics […]

S.C. trustee leads EC members in call for special meeting

Officers of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee are planning for a special called meeting of the members. A letter from 25 EC trustees calling for the meeting was sent to EC Chairman Rolland Slade on Oct. 13. In the letter sent to Slade by EC trustee David Sons, a group of 25 trustees explained […]