Messengers make 20 motions, debate SWBTS trustee action

Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention proposed 20 motions during two 15-minute scheduled segments of the 2018 annual meeting in Dallas June 12. Messengers debated then defeated June 13 a motion by Tom Hatley of Immanuel Baptist Church in Rogers, Ark., that messengers dismiss Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s trustee Executive Committee. The debate included comments […]

SBC resolutions affirm women, denounce abuse

Messengers to the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention affirmed the dignity and worth of women, denounced all forms of abuse and called for sexual purity among Christian leaders in adopting 16 resolutions Tuesday (June 12). Passage of the resolutions on women, abuse and pastoral purity by nearly unanimous votes late in the afternoon session came after […]

J.D. Greear seeks unity, diversity

On the heels of an election many Southern Baptists believe was pivotal, J.D. Greear struck a conciliatory tone in response to questions about whether his presidency signals a sea change. He fielded inquiries on a range of issues during a press conference Tuesday (June 12) at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting. Greear, pastor of […]

Diverse slate of officers to lead SBC in 2018-2019

J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in the Raleigh-Durham, N.C., area, was elected the 60th president of Southern Baptist Convention during the 2018 SBC annual meeting in Dallas. Greear will lead a diverse slate of officers including A.B. Vines, pastor of New Seasons Church in San Diego, first vice president; Felix Cabrera, pastor of […]

J.D. Greear elected SBC president

Writer: Barbara Denman North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear was elected Southern Baptist Convention president June 12 during the 2018 annual meeting in Dallas, two years after conceding a closely contested election to lead the denomination. The newly elected president succeeds Memphis-area pastor Steven Gaines who served two one-year presidential terms from 2016-2018. Greear, 45, who […]

This Year’s SBC Meeting Should Be Interesting

It has been observed by some Baptist historians and onlookers that when there is a controversy, attendance increases at the annual Southern Baptist Convention meeting. If that observation is accurate, this year’s SBC has the potential to be very interesting. Three areas that could spur increased attention and attendance are the election of a new […]

Prayer room available to S.C. Baptists at SBC annual meeting

The GuideStone hospitality room at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting has been reserved as a prayer room for South Carolina messengers attending this year’s convention. The room will be available June 11 at 9:15 p.m. following Monday’s pre-convention activities. South Carolina Baptist Convention president Marshall Blalock, president-elect Bryant Sims, and executive director-treasurer Gary Hollingsworth […]

Paige Patterson terminated ‘effective immediately’ by SWBTS trustee executive committee

Paige Patterson has been terminated “effective immediately” as president emeritus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the school’s trustee executive committee announced late on May 30. The executive committee cited “new information” about Paige’s handling of an allegation of sexual abuse against a student while Patterson was president of another institution “and resulting issues connected with […]

Paige Patterson appointed president emeritus by SWBTS trustees

In a meeting that began at 1:30 p.m. May 22 and ended just after 3 a.m. May 23, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s trustees appointed Paige Patterson president emeritus effective immediately. They also named as interim president of the seminary Jeffrey Bingham, dean of Southwestern’s School of Theology, pending his acceptance. In addition, trustees adopted a […]

Gaines addresses Patterson, racial diversity, SBC

Responding to questions about his committee appointments and controversy involving a Southern Baptist seminary leader, SBC president Steve Gaines released a statement May 11 to Baptist Press. Gaines, pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn., specifically addresses the controversy involving past statements by Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary president Paige Patterson on women, divorce […]