God uses dog’s barking to save pastor, family

For the first time in his life, Darrin Crockett is glad God did not answer his prayer. On Monday night, March 2, Crockett and his family went to bed as always. Their dog Doc, however, barked incessantly throughout the night. Crockett remembers asking God “to make that dog quit barking.” God apparently chose not to […]

GuideStone elects first African-American woman as chair

For the first time in the 175-year history of the Southern Baptist Convention, one of its historic boards will have an African-American woman as trustee chair. Renée Trewick was elected March 2 by GuideStone trustees. Trewick is a vice president at Marsh USA in New York and is active in Southern Baptist life. She served […]

IMB, NAMB name Bryant Wright ‘Send Relief’ president

The International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board have announced Bryant Wright as the new president of Send Relief. Wright was the founding pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga., where he served for 38 years. “In today’s culture, compassion ministry is a wonderful way to win the right to be […]

Executive Committee chairman names ERLC task force

SBC Executive Committee Chairman Mike Stone has named the six members of a study task force that was authorized at their February meeting to study the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Joining the chairman on the task force are Ron Hale, Jackson, Tenn.; Mike Lawson, Sherman, Texas; Cheryl Samples, Dallas, Ga.; Hoyt Savage, Las Vegas, […]

IMB recommends mission volunteers postpone travel due to coronavirus risk

In light of the continuing global expansion of the COVID-19 virus (coronavirus), the International Mission Board’s coronavirus task force and senior leadership recommend that mission volunteers from U.S. churches postpone international mission-trip travel through April 30. This date could be extended and will be reevaluated by April 15.  IMB also recommends that people who have […]

LifeWay develops free coronavirus response training resources

As the coronavirus spreads in the U.S., congregations are facing a situation many have never considered. In response, the LifeWay Leadership team has developed pandemic response resources that are being made available for free to assist pastors and church leaders at MinistryGrid.com/coronavirus. “Pastors are asking questions about how their churches should react to the coronavirus,” […]

BREAKING NEWS: 2020 SBC Annual Meeting canceled

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting has been canceled for the first time in 75 years. Citing authority provided by the SBC Constitution “in the case of grave emergency,” the decision was made Tuesday, March 24, in a unanimous vote of a body composed of SBC officers, the SBC […]

Livestreaming Services Hasn’t Been Option for Many Churches

The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance for groups during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak recommended no gatherings of more than 50 people (the CDC later changed this to 10 people or less) for eight weeks. As churches scramble to make decisions on how to move forward, new research finds many congregations are […]