SBC denounces ‘alt-right white supremacy’

Messengers to the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting denounced “alt-right white supremacy” in a nearly unanimous vote Wednesday (June 14) after a tumultuous day of refusing to address the issue. It appeared maybe fewer than 10 messengers in the Phoenix Convention Center hall voted in the afternoon session against a resolution on “the anti-gospel […]

$3.1M Cooperative Program gift featured in EC report

Flanked by more than two dozen Florida pastors, Tommy Green of the Florida Baptist Convention presented a gift of $3,136,500 to the Southern Baptist Convention during the Executive Committee report June 13 in Phoenix. The CP gift, from the sale of the Florida convention’s former building, was among numerous facets of the Executive Committee’s report […]

EC receives CP report, frames building sale process

The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee heard a report today (June 12) that “escrowing, withholding [and] reducing” gifts through the Cooperative Program is “not as widespread” as thought in February when the EC’s CP Committee created a special committee to study the issue. The EC also voted to ask the SBC for authorization to sell […]

Messengers OK 9 resolutions, to vote on ‘alt-right’ proposal

Messengers to the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention passed resolutions Tuesday (June 13) repenting of prayerlessness and calling for leaders to practice biblical morality before deciding late at night to vote Wednesday on a previously rejected proposal denouncing the “alt-right.” The approved resolutions covered some hot-button theological and moral issues, but the proposed resolution on the […]

SBC Peace Committee’s legacy discussed 30 years later

Thirty years after the Southern Baptist Convention Peace Committee delivered its major report to the convention, Baptists hold a range of views on the committee’s significance. Some claim it played a positive role in advancing the SBC’s Conservative Resurgence. Others say it helped calm the denominational conflict. Still others have called it a public relations […]

ACP: Churches up in 2016; baptisms, membership decline

Southern Baptists experienced growth in the number of churches that cooperate with the SBC in 2016, according to the latest Annual Church Profile report (ACP). However, other key measures declined in 2016, including membership, baptisms, average worship attendance and total giving, according to the ACP compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources in cooperation with Baptist state […]

Pastors are getting older, delaying retirement

America’s pastors aren’t getting any younger. There are now more pastors over age 65 than under 40, a demographic shift over the past three generations that portends major challenges for the future church as baby boomer pastors age and die. According to a recent study by the Barna Group, the median age of Protestant pastors […]

SBC annual meeting is June 13-14 in Phoenix

The 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting will be held June 13-14 in Phoenix, Ariz., at the Phoenix Convention Center. Registration information can be accessed at sbcannualmeeting.net. The theme for the annual meeting is “Pray for Such a Time as This.” The meeting will include Crossover (a witnessing and missions effort by messengers in the […]

SBC leaders welcome proposal to revise HHS mandate

Southern Baptist leaders expressed gratitude and hope at news the Trump administration has drafted a rule to protect the freedom of conscience of religious institutions that object to the abortion/contraception mandate established under President Obama. The White House Office of Management and Budget has provided notice on its website it is reviewing an “interim final […]

Callouses, cows & Christ: Ranchers answer God’s call

Mark and David Largent are fourth- and fifth-generation ranchers, respectively, in a cow ranching dynasty that began with C.M. Largent Sr.’s first purchase of purebred registered Hereford cattle in 1902. But their second line of work likely wouldn’t have been envisioned by their ranching forebears. “To end up in ministry — bivocational or full-time — […]