N.C. pastor with ties to S.C. university elected SBC president

North Carolina pastor Clint Pressley was elected SBC president June 12 in an election that began with six candidates and required two run-off ballots. Pressley, senior pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C., received 4,244 votes (56.12 percent). Spencer, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Sevierville, Tenn., received 3,305 votes (43.71 percent). A […]

Finn reelected as SBC recording secretary

North Greenville University Professor Nathan Finn was reelected by acclamation to a third term as recording secretary on Tuesday, June 11, at the 2024 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. Finn was nominated by Tony Wolfe, executive director-treasurer of the South Carolina Baptist Convention. “Nathan is a loving husband, an exemplary father, a devoted […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]