Southern Baptists Urge Mental Health Awareness

Attention to mental health across the country increased over the last year due to the potential effects brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s a touchpoint, though, that has been gathering steam across the Southern Baptist Convention since 2013. At the annual meeting in Houston that year, current SBC Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd — […]

Baylor’s LGBTQ Stance Not In Line With Sexual Conduct Policy

Baylor University’s Board of Regents approved a resolution May 14 that paves the way for an officially recognized LGBTQ student group on campus, while attempting to reaffirm its commitment to a traditional, biblical perspective on homosexuality and marriage. Describing a “challenging situation,” the resolution said the regents remained committed to “core commitments of our Christian […]

Saddleback Ordination Sparks Discussion Over Women Pastors

An ordination service at Saddleback Valley Community Church has reinvigorated an ongoing discussion among Southern Baptists over the title of “pastor” and whether and how that label should be applied to a woman in a ministry context. A post to the church’s Facebook page described the service, held May 6, as part of “a historic […]

Pastors value denominations now, not as sure about the future

As many Protestant denominations prepare to gather this summer for their national meetings, most pastors believe it is vital for their church to be part of a denomination but doubt the importance of those types of ties lasting another decade. A LifeWay Research study asked Protestant pastors their thoughts on the importance of denominations and […]

Rick Warren announces retirement from Saddleback

Pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren announced June 6 that he is stepping down from leading Saddleback Church, the Southern California megachurch he founded in 1980. In a message titled “How to Discern the Best Time to Make a Major Change,” Warren, 67, announced the church would begin the official search for his successor in […]

Persecution persists as the gospel spreads

Kingdom growth is always met with deep spiritual warfare for Aquila*. For him this includes active and imminent threats to his life. “Please pray for us!” Aquila asked a prayer team in a September 2020 message. He had heard that an extremist group was coming to the area where he lived. Because of his gospel […]

Moore Leaving ERLC

Russell Moore is leaving the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, ending an occasionally controversial eight-year tenure, to take a role with Christianity Today. He will begin a role this summer as public theologian for what the magazine described as “a new public theology project.” In a message posted to his personal blog, […]

IMB Introduces ‘Church Connections’ To Remedy Relationship Gap

What would happen if the more than 47,000 churches in the Southern Baptist Convention were directly connected to International Mission Board missionaries and actively engaged in fulfilling the Great Commission? IMB leadership estimates that almost 50 percent of Southern Baptist churches have no known connection to an IMB missionary. Church Connections was recently introduced to […]

Altered For Pandemic, Crossover Will Precede Nashville SBC Meeting

For more than 30 years Southern Baptists have focused on working together to serve and reach those in the host city of the SBC annual meeting through an evangelism emphasis called Crossover. This year’s approach in Nashville will differ from previous years, but Southern Baptists are cooperating to help churches in Middle Tennessee minister to […]

NAMB Requests SBC College Ministry Assignment Transfer

During their spring meeting, trustees of the North American Mission Board passed a resolution formally requesting that the SBC’s collegiate ministry assignment be entrusted to the organization. The request was made as a result of changes, proposed earlier this year, to LifeWay Christian Resources’ ministry assignments. At the February 2021 meeting of the SBC Executive […]