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 […]

How Does the SBC Work?

Beginning in 1845 in Augusta, Ga., the Southern Baptist Convention began with a laser-focused purpose: missions and education for the expansion of God’s kingdom. Made up of churches freely cooperating under those dual banners, the SBC quickly grew into the largest Protestant body in the United States and one of the largest in the world. […]

Six Reasons Pastors (and Laypeople) Should Attend the SBC Annual Meeting

These two days are vital, and those who lead local churches should respond accordingly It’s rare to find an evangelical Christian under 50 who has been a part of one denomination their entire church life. I was born into a family that was deeply committed to the local church and equally committed to the vision […]

Barber’s ’60 Minutes’ interview brings positive reviews from SBC leaders

A wide-ranging interview on CBS’ “60 Minutes” Oct. 9 focused on the SBC’s recent decisions to address sexual abuse, was well-received by a group of Southern Baptist leaders. The Sunday evening interview by Anderson Cooper covered not only sexual abuse, but political divisions in the country regarding former President Donald Trump, the separation of church […]

Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong offerings reach historic highs

  Both mission boards of the Southern Baptist Convention are reporting all-time highs in offering giving. The International Mission Board is rejoicing at God’s work through the generosity of Southern Baptists, who gave $203.7 million to the 2021-2022 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering — the largest offering in the 177-year history of the IMB. Meanwhile, the […]

Leatherwood named Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission president

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission board of trustees named Brent Leatherwood the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s public policy entity in a unanimous vote Sept. 13. “Rooted in Scripture and guided by the Baptist Faith and Message, this team will remain fervently committed to carrying out our ministry assignment — faithfully serving […]

Blalock, Keahbone to head Abuse Response Implementation Task Force

Bart Barber, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, has announced the names of those who will lead and serve on the SBC Abuse Response Implementation Task Force, according to a Baptist Press release. The news follows an announcement that Marshall Blalock will chair the task force and Mike Keahbone will serve as vice chair. Both […]

SBC elects Litton, takes control of EC investigation

From the moment the gavel dropped – or actually, with the gavel that dropped – calling them to order, it was clear that messengers to the 2021 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 15-16 in Nashville were ready to make changes and challenge traditions in the name of advancing the gospel. SBC President J.D. Greear […]