Southern Baptists see decline in number of congregations

The Southern Baptist Convention faces not only declining membership but also fewer churches to attract potential new members. According to Lifeway Research’s analysis of the 2022 Annual Church Profile of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1,253 congregations that were part of the convention in 2021 were no longer connected in 2022. This is the most recent […]

McMinn finishes the race of faith at 90

Delano McMinn, 90, went home to be with Jesus on March 31, 2024. McMinn was in his ninth year as a trustee of The Baptist Courier. McMinn was remembered for the way he poured his life out for Jesus. “He was a man dedicated to God.You could not have a conversation with him without him […]

SBC’s Cooperation Group releases recommendations

Four recommendations released May 1 are designed to “prioritize and emphasize the authority of messengers in defining the boundaries of our cooperation while clarifying and refining our structure,” said a statement from the SBC’s Cooperation Group. The group was tasked at last summer’s annual meeting to study the issue of what makes a church “to […]

CSB ‘She Reads Truth’ Bible hits 1 million copies

“She Reads Truth” Bible achieved a Platinum Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) for selling more than 1 million copies. Lifeway’s Books and Bibles teams celebrated this significant milestone with Amanda Bible Williams and Raechel Myers, founders of She Reads Truth. “We’re so thankful for our partnership with Raechel, Amanda and the whole […]

Cooperation Group to release recommendations May 1

The SBC’s Cooperation Group announced Friday, April 19, that it would release its recommendations May 1. In a release on its website, the group’s chairman, Texas pastor Jared Wellman, said the release date should allow for ample discussion of the recommendations before the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting. The group, appointed by SBC President Bart Barber, […]

Tennessee pastor sixth to be nominated for SBC president

Dan Spencer, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Sevierville, Tenn., has become the sixth nominee for the presidency of the Southern Baptist Convention at the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. Chris Kendall, senior pastor of Oak City Baptist Church in Seymour, Tenn., informed the Baptist and Reflector April 11 of his intention to nominate Spencer, who […]

ARITF meets with state abuse reform leaders

As the SBC’s Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force prepares to give its report and recommendations to messengers at the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting in June, members met with state leaders to preview that report and to strengthen the partnership among Southern Baptists for preventing and dealing with sexual abuse in churches. The group met in […]

DOJ Closes Investigation of SBC; No Charges Filed

Following a year-and-a-half-long investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice has concluded its inquiry into the Southern Baptist Convention’s handling of sexual abuse without any charges being filed against EC’s leadership, The Tennessean reported March 6. “On February 29, 2024, counsel for the SBC Executive Committee was informed that the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern […]

ERLC appoints Nathan Finn as senior fellow

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention has hired Nathan A. Finn to serve as a senior fellow with an emphasis on matters related to religious liberty. Finn is a professor of faith and culture at North Greenville University in Tigerville, S.C., where he also serves as executive director of the Institute […]

Charleston pastor named ERLC senior fellow focusing on human dignity

RaShan Frost, lead pastor of The Bridge Church in Charleston, S.C., will be a voice for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission in the area of human dignity. “Dr. Frost is one of the finest examples of a scholar-practitioner in Southern Baptist life, and I am excited for him to join our research team as […]