SBC entities move to online meetings due to COVID-19 restrictions

The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee meeting scheduled to be held in Nashville Sept. 21-22 has been canceled and replaced with a special called meeting, to be held online Sept. 22. EC Chairman Rolland Slade said given the COVID-19 pandemic, meeting virtually was the best decision for the safety of EC members, their families, congregations […]

SBC continues decline, Ronnie Floyd calls for rethinking ACP

For the 13th consecutive year, the Southern Baptist Convention reported a drop in its membership. Total membership in the Southern Baptist Convention fell almost 2 percent, to 14,525,579, from 2018 to 2019. The decline of 287,655 members is the largest single-year drop in more than 100 years. While the statistical decline is concerning for the […]

Southern Baptists virtually celebrate sending 61 missionaries

The International Mission Board commissioned 61 missionaries in a virtual Sending Celebration on June 9. The missionaries represent churches in 15 states and will be serving in all nine of the IMB’s affinities. Sending Celebrations provide a forum for Southern Baptists to commission new missionaries and hear their call to missions. IMB trustees voted on […]

SBC institutions make budget cutbacks in wake of COVID-19

In the wake of the COVID-19 virus and amid other declining metrics, Southern Baptist Convention institutions have enacted budget cuts for the 2020-2021 budget year. LifeWay eliminated its World Changers mission projects for this summer and closed all future operations due to declining numbers. The entity also announced a series of budget freezes, cutbacks, and […]

Parliamentarian Barry McCarty to join Truett McConnell faculty

Barry McCarty, longtime parliamentarian for the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meetings, will join the faculty of Truett McConnell University as professor of rhetoric and communication. McCarty also will develop and serve as dean of the university’s new School of Communications. McCarty has acquired more than 600 platform hours at SBC annual meetings since he began […]

SBC Executive Committee to host SBC Advance June 2

While the 2020 SBC annual meeting has been canceled for the first time since 1945, Southern Baptists will still be provided with an opportunity to hear from the entities of the Southern Baptist Convention through an online event June 2 hosted by the SBC Executive Committee. SBC Advance, a two-hour online event, is not designed […]

Ridgecrest for sale following special-called meeting of LifeWay trustees

LifeWay Christian Resources trustees have authorized exploring the sale of Ridgecrest Conference Center and Summer Camps despite the conference center and camps operating at a profit in recent years. The trustee board’s executive committee presented the recommendation to the full board during a special-called meeting held virtually and in executive session April 23. The board […]