D.J. Horton elected 2025 Pastors’ Conference president 

D.J. Horton, pastor of Church at The Mill in Spartanburg, S.C., was elected president of the 2025 SBC Pastors’ Conference on June 10 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. Horton, founder of Living Worthy Ministries, won in a runoff election with Georgia pastor Brad Whitt. Chris Bolt, a Virginia pastor, also was nominated. Horton […]

Outside the Walls: Keep Racing to the Finish Line

As I walk down the street today, I can hear the call to prayer ringing through the neighborhood in an unnamed city in North Africa. A cashier from a stand serving snacks excuses himself and places his rug toward Mecca and begins his ritualistic prayer. A college student turns down his radio out of respect. […]

Committee on Nominations Releases Trustee, Standing Committee Nominees

The 2024 Committee on Nominations, chaired by Matt Capps, has released its list of nominees to fill vacancies on the boards and standing committees of the SBC. The nominations will be presented to messengers for approval at the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting. Sixty-nine new nominees were named in the initial report. The nominees include 11 […]

North Charleston, York Baptists to Serve on Committee on Committees

Southern Baptist Convention President Bart Barber has announced his appointments to the 2024 Committee on Committees. Adam Blosser, pastor of Goshen Baptist Church in Spotsylvania, Va., will lead the committee as chair. “I am honored to have been appointed by President Bart Barber to serve as this year’s chair of the Committee on Committees,” Blosser […]

ARITF ‘Essentials’ curriculum made available in Indianapolis

The Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force has launched the curriculum it hopes churches will use to train volunteers in preventing sexual abuse and responding to those who have experienced it. ARITF members Jon Nelson, lead pastor of Soma Community Church in Jefferson City, Mo., and Kris Buckman, youth and kids missionary at the Baptist Convention […]

Striking the Waters: A Unity of Purpose and Consecration 

On May 13, 1924, Southern Baptists from across the country gathered for their annual business session in Memphis, Tenn. Awakened to global opportunity, enlivened by organizational potential, unified by a burgeoning denominational consciousness, and determined to maximize their sacrifices in the most efficient manner, they leaned in with great expectation to hear Chairman M.E. Dodd’s […]

SBC’s Cooperation Group Releases Four Recommendations

Group was tasked to study what makes a church “in friendly cooperation of faith and practice” in the SBC By Scott Barkley Four recommendations released today 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 […]

‘One Mind, One Voice’ Theme for Indianapolis SBC Gathering

“One Mind, One Voice” will be the theme of the 2024 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting June 11-12 in Indianapolis, and Romans 15:5-6 will serve as the background passage. The theme was central to SBC President Bart Barber’s message at a recent International Mission Board’s Sending Service. Addressing missionaries entering the field, he spoke of […]