In its ‘Kairos moment,’ Southern Baptists approve SATF recommendations

Southern Baptists responded with an overwhelming majority in favor of adopting the two recommendations presented by the Sexual Abuse Task Force presented June 14 at the 2022 SBC annual meeting. Task Force chair Bruce Frank didn’t mince words with messengers, calling it a “Kairos moment” for the convention. After a lot of talk, actions were […]

Guidepost investigation costs exceed $1.7 million as of February

The cost of the investigation into alleged mishandling of sexual abuse claims by the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has reached $1.7 million since being commissioned last fall, according to invoice summaries provided to Baptist Press. The budget provided by Guidepost Solutions, the firm contracted to conduct the investigation, originally projected the investigation to cost between […]

Collegiate ministry extends beyond local campus

Leaders at Shandon Baptist Church in Columbia see collegiate ministry as both a sprint and a marathon. It’s four years (or a few more) of young adulthood when weighty decisions can affect both career and family for life. It’s also a time when many relationships with Christ are either begun, tested or strengthened. Churches have […]

Georgia churches among Baptists welcoming Afghan refugees

The group includes a high school chemistry teacher, trauma surgeon, baker and numerous policemen. They’re ready to work and support their families. They just need a hand getting started. Southern Baptists’ response to the influx of Afghanis fleeing their home country began only days after calls for prayer for the unfolding violence. Soon thereafter, churches […]

Close to the conflict, Southern Baptists move to prayer over Ukraine

It doesn’t require a personal connection with the country of Ukraine to pray on its behalf. But for many Southern Baptists, the ongoing invasion and fighting there has made it personal nonetheless. Those prayers were lifted on the outskirts of Cleveland at Mercy Hill Chapel, a Southern Baptist congregation that features sermons in both Ukrainian […]

‘Caring Well’ leads to changes in procedures, protects lives

There had been existing policies at Megan Nauman’s church to prevent sexual abuse, but the Caring Well Challenge helped identify a predator in their midst, she said. For a long time, the standards at Hunter First Baptist Church in Elizabethton, Tenn., reflected those of the vast majority of churches. Volunteers were mandated to be reporters […]

SBC legal counsel withdraws

Longtime convention attorneys Jim Guenther and Jaime Jordan alerted SBC Executive Committee President and CEO Ronnie Floyd Oct. 11 that the law firm of Guenther, Jordan & Price has “no choice” but to “withdraw … from [its] role as general counsel to the Southern Baptist Convention and the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention.” […]

Cooperative Program crosses $20 billion in cumulative giving

Since 1925, Southern Baptists have given more than $20 billion through the Cooperative Program to fund its entities and missionaries taking the gospel throughout the world. That news was delivered Sept. 29 by SBC Executive Committee Chief Financial Officer Jeff Pearson to EC President and Chief Executive Officer Ronnie Floyd on the eve of Cooperative […]

EC members grieved by recent meeting, optimistic about possible solution

A collective of SBC Executive Committee members have released a statement in response to Tuesday’s (Sept. 21) approval of a motion that, while funding a task force-approved investigation into allegations of the mishandling of sexual abuse claims, stopped short of waiving attorney-client privilege. SBC EC member Jared Wellman, who helped draft the statement, presented his […]

Baptist nurses stand in the gap with facts, hope

Members of the Baptist Nursing Fellowship had already witnessed, literally, the realities of COVID-19 in emergency rooms across the country before Nov. 21 last year. That day it became personal, however, when the group’s executive director, Lori Spikes, died after being hospitalized with the illness. “She was steps away from being able to receive the […]