‘Associational Mission Strategist’ suggested DOM title

“Associational Mission Strategist” (AMS) is the new recommended title for Southern Baptist mission leaders formerly called directors of missions or DOMs. The new title was unanimously approved by nearly 250 members attending the 2018 Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL), June 10-11 in Dallas, though its recommendations are not binding for the more than […]

Evangelism task force releases report, recommendations

A task force appointed last year to explore avenues of evangelistic renewal among Southern Baptists has released its final report, including a series of eight recommendations for individuals and groups at all levels of Southern Baptist life. “We are convinced that these suggestions can be heartily embraced by all gospel-loving Southern Baptists,” the report stated, […]

WRAP-UP: Greear, Pence, #MeToo draw SBC’s focus

At an annual meeting that saw what chief parliamentarian Barry McCarty called an “extra heavy volume of business” on its opening day, the Southern Baptist Convention elected J.D. Greear as convention president and heard an address by Vice President Mike Pence. Amid the national #MeToo movement, messengers to the June 12-13 SBC annual meeting in […]

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 […]