Messengers refer sexual abuse reform priorities to Executive Committee

On Tuesday afternoon, June 11, messengers to the 2024 Southern Baptist Convention in Indianapolis overwhelmingly approved two recommendations brought forward by the SBC Abuse Reform and Implementation Task Force (ARITF). The recommendations hand the priorities identified by ARITF over to the SBC Executive Committee to further implement. The move closes a chapter of Southern Baptist […]

Sex abuse task force releases report, recommendations

On June 4, Southern Baptists’ Abuse Reform and Implementation Task Force (ARITF) released its final report and recommendations ahead of the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. The report highlights the release of a new curriculum designed to help local churches of all sizes “establish or evaluate their abuse prevention and response plan.” The task force […]

Memorial Day: Veteran reflects on sacrifices of fellow soldiers

Chief Warrant Officer Anthony “Tony” Prescott can’t forget the evening of Aug. 7, 2015. At 10:15 p.m., when a Taliban suicide bomber breached the gate of Camp Integrity, a small coalition base near Kabul, Afghanistan, Prescott was among the first on the scene. The soldier in front of Prescott was killed. Shrapnel from the explosion […]

2023 SBC: Resolutions address women, AI ethics, pastors, gender transitions

Messengers to the 2023 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in New Orleans approved nine resolutions, including ones on the legacy and responsibility of women fulfilling the Great Commission, the ethics of artificial intelligence, the office of pastor, and gender transitions. South Carolina Pastor David Sons, chair of the 2023 SBC Committee on Resolutions, told messengers […]

30 years later, Andrew recalled as Disaster Relief turning point

Mickey Caison and his team of South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers were exhausted when they pulled into First Baptist Church of Homestead, Fla., on the evening of Aug. 25, 1992, just one day after Hurricane Andrew barreled into South Florida with winds of around 141 miles per hour. The team had arrived in the […]

IMB, NAMB celebrate 175 years of helping Baptists pursue the Great Commission

When 327 delegates met at First Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., on May 8, 1845, they did more than start a new convention of Baptist churches in the South. They began a missionary movement that would, in time, start new gospel-proclaiming churches throughout North America and the world. On Friday, Southern Baptists celebrated the 175th […]