Law Amendment fails, N.C. pastor elected president in Indy

A constitutional amendment to restrict churches affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention to those affirming and employing only men as pastors failed to receive the required two-thirds approval of messengers in Indianapolis. The 10,946 registered messengers to the SBC Annual Meeting June 11-12, which included 439 South Carolinians, approved the recommendations of a Cooperation Group […]

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 […]

WMU missions celebration examines the ‘joy’ of missions

Sharing that WMU has a treasured artifact that went to the moon and back, Sandy Wisdom-Martin, executive director-treasurer of national WMU, told her listeners how astronaut Charlie Duke, the youngest man to ever step on the moon, carried an emblem of the WMU pin to the moon and back in 1972. Also among the artifacts […]

Apps launched to assist with 2024 Annual Meeting and Pastors Conference

A pair of apps have been released to aid messengers as well as those not able to make it to the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting and Pastors Conference next week. The SBC Pastors Conference App “is a one-stop location for all the information and resources pastors and others attending the conference will need, including schedules […]

Resolutions Committee releases preliminary drafts to be considered at annual meeting

The resolutions to be presented at the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting are available in a preliminary form. This marks the earliest release date in recent history. The resolutions include issues such as evangelism, abortion, reproductive technologies, parenting, religious liberty, war, integrity in leadership, and the usage of non-disclosure agreements. The full text of all 10 […]

Three from S.C. named to SBC registration committee

SBC President Bart Barber announced Friday, May 31, that William Maxwell, administrative director for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, will chair the Registration Committee for the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting in Indianapolis this month. Maxwell, a member of Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tenn., has served with the TBMB for more than 30 years. Joining […]

WMU Missions Celebration brings ‘Joy’ to Indy

Gather your friends and race to Indianapolis this June for the WMU Missions Celebration just prior to the SBC Annual Meeting. This year’s WMU gathering will be in the Indiana Convention Center in the 500 Ballroom on Sunday, June 9, beginning at 12:00 p.m. “Join us and discover ways God is at work in our […]

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 […]