Tenn. Baptist Editor, Wilkey, to Retire to Upstate S.C.

Lonnie Wilkey, who has served as editor of the Baptist and Reflector of the Tennessee Baptist Convention for 26 years, has announced his plans to retire from his position, effective Dec. 31. The Greenville, S.C. native first joined the B&R staff in 1988 as associate editor, holding that position for 10 years. Wilkey then served […]

Committee on Nominations Releases Trustee, Standing Committee Nominees

The 2024 Committee on Nominations, chaired by Matt Capps, has released its list of nominees to fill vacancies on the boards and standing committees of the SBC. The nominations will be presented to messengers for approval at the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting. Sixty-nine new nominees were named in the initial report. The nominees include 11 […]

North Charleston, York Baptists to Serve on Committee on Committees

Southern Baptist Convention President Bart Barber has announced his appointments to the 2024 Committee on Committees. Adam Blosser, pastor of Goshen Baptist Church in Spotsylvania, Va., will lead the committee as chair. “I am honored to have been appointed by President Bart Barber to serve as this year’s chair of the Committee on Committees,” Blosser […]

‘One Mind, One Voice’ Theme for Indianapolis SBC Gathering

“One Mind, One Voice” will be the theme of the 2024 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting June 11-12 in Indianapolis, and Romans 15:5-6 will serve as the background passage. The theme was central to SBC President Bart Barber’s message at a recent International Mission Board’s Sending Service. Addressing missionaries entering the field, he spoke of […]

Southern Baptists see decline in number of congregations

The Southern Baptist Convention faces not only declining membership but also fewer churches to attract potential new members. According to Lifeway Research’s analysis of the 2022 Annual Church Profile of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1,253 congregations that were part of the convention in 2021 were no longer connected in 2022. This is the most recent […]

Pastors, church leaders encouraged to participate in church compensation survey

GuideStone, Lifeway Research and Baptist state conventions have again teamed up for the SBC Church Compensation Survey. The survey — the largest free study focused on churches in the United States — is conducted every two years. The survey’s results will be available in early fall, in time for many churches considering their 2025 budgets. […]

McMinn finishes the race of faith at 90

Delano McMinn, 90, went home to be with Jesus on March 31, 2024. McMinn was in his ninth year as a trustee of The Baptist Courier. McMinn was remembered for the way he poured his life out for Jesus. “He was a man dedicated to God.You could not have a conversation with him without him […]

Cooperation Group Recommendations Expected for Late April or Early May

Recommendations from the group tasked with defining what it means to be in friendly cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention are expected to be presented in late April or early May. The timing allows for over a month of “a diligent review of the recommendations” as well as “ample opportunity” for messengers to review them […]

Obituary: Phyllis Deaton

Phyllis Watts Deaton, 86, of Moore, died April 17, 2024, in Spartanburg, S.C. A native of Pageland, she was the devoted wife of the late Rev. Robert L. Deaton, and together they served five South Carolina Baptist congregations across the state. She later enjoyed serving South Carolina Baptist ministers as an employee of the Lifeway […]