Committee on Nominations releases report; 7 from S.C. to serve 

The SBC Committee on Nominations has released its 2022 report in advance of the 2022 SBC annual meeting to be held June 14-15. Per SBC bylaws, the report is to be released through Baptist Press no later than 45 days prior to the gathering. The 2022 committee was chaired by Leah Finn, a member of […]

South Carolina Ties Prominent in SBC Anaheim Races

(Editor’s Note: This story has been updated since being published in our May issue.) Elections at next month’s Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Anaheim, Calif., will feature four candidates with current or previous ties to South Carolina — a first, at least in recent memory. Alex Sands, a former South Carolina Baptist Convention president and […]

Guidepost investigation costs exceed $1.7 million as of February

The cost of the investigation into alleged mishandling of sexual abuse claims by the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has reached $1.7 million since being commissioned last fall, according to invoice summaries provided to Baptist Press. The budget provided by Guidepost Solutions, the firm contracted to conduct the investigation, originally projected the investigation to cost between […]

Executive Committee president search team requests prayer

The team tasked with searching for a new president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee is asking for prayer. The group launched a 21-day prayer initiative last month and created a day-by-day guide to encourage specific prayers for each day. “As a committee, we felt it was essential to start our process […]

Texas church commissions member as SpaceX astronaut

On March 27, University Baptist Church in Houston commissioned one of their own to go out to the furthest mission fields. Astronaut Bob Hines, a member of UBC, is scheduled to launch into space on April 19. There, he will spend 144 days on the International Space Station and be the pilot on the SpaceX […]

Daniel Dickard to be nominated for SBC Pastors Conference president

Daniel Dickard, pastor of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church in Greensboro, N.C., will be nominated for president of the 2023 SBC Pastors Conference. Jordan Easley, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Cleveland, Tenn., announced his intention to nominate Dickard in a video shared on social media Wednesday, March 16, saying his primary reason for the […]

A Letter from the EC Search Committee Chairman

Dear Southern Baptists, As we begin the process of seeking God’s choice for the next president and CEO of the SBC Executive Committee, let me humbly ask two things of you. First, be patient. We cannot rush this process and miss God’s direction, and we cannot hastily move forward without all the necessary information. It […]

Ethnic fellowships affirm McLaurin as interim EC CEO

Eight ethnic fellowships representing about 12,000 Southern Baptist congregations have affirmed the appointment of Willie McLaurin as the interim president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee. McLaurin is the first African-American to serve as CEO of a Southern Baptist entity in SBC history. Spearheaded by the near 4,000-congregation National African-American Fellowship of […]

Guidepost interviews EC staff, trustees and abuse survivors

In its most recent update, the Sexual Abuse Task Force reported that Guidepost Solutions has interviewed approximately 32 current and former Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee staff, 54 current or former EC trustees, and abuse survivors “who have affirmatively reached out to the Guidepost investigative team.” The report released Feb. 8 is in conjunction with […]