Barber announces changes to ARITF, chairman of Cooperation Group

The Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force has a new chairman, and SBC President Bart Barber has announced the appointment of a chairman for the Cooperation Group in response to the motion made by James Merritt at the 2023 SBC Annual Meeting. Barber announced the appointment of North Carolina pastor Josh Wester to the ARITF and named him chairman. […]

ARITF’s Blalock interviews Samantha Kilpatrick of Guidepost’s ‘Faith-Based Solutions’

In a video interview, Marshall Blalock, chairman of the SBC’s Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force (ARITF), talked with Samantha Kilpatrick of Guidepost Solutions about the organization’s new Faith-Based Solutions division and plans for the upcoming Ministry Check database.   In the conversation, which was released March 1 on the ARITF website, Blalock, senior pastor of […]

Counterpoint: Should Accept Emergency Payroll Assistance

The question of the day is whether or not churches and Christian non-profits should accept the emergency payroll assistance from the Federal Government as a result of the challenges faced by the coronavirus. Many organizations have seen significant reductions in giving and income, and are contemplating reducing the payroll and/or laying off employees. The CARES […]

Charleston pastor part of SBC panel on racism

Sociology professor, researcher and author George Yancey always steps back when he knocks on a door. A 6-foot-3-inch African-American, he says his appearance strikes societal fear. Seminary assistant dean and director Missie Branch says she also encounters difficulties because she is an African-American woman. She says she’s either overlooked or viewed through stereotypes, “which results […]