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  • Greear: Catholic abuse report requires ‘bold steps’

    August 16 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Greear: Catholic abuse report requires ‘bold steps’

    A Pennsylvania grand jury’s report alleging unprecedented levels of sexual abuse and cover-up by Roman Catholic clergy has drawn reaction from Southern Baptists. Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said Southern Baptists should respond to the report by taking all steps necessary to eradicate sexual abuse “from within our community.”

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  • Multiethnic worship caps Charlottesville demonstrations

    August 14 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Multiethnic worship caps Charlottesville demonstrations

    Evangelical pastors in Charlottesville, Va., say a community interracial worship service appeared to be the largest local gathering during what media described as a weekend of peaceful but tense demonstrations in the city. One year after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville turned violent and left three people dead, an attempted repeat in Washington …

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  • #MeToo confronts small churches, bivocational pastors

    July 26 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    #MeToo confronts small churches, bivocational pastors

    Amid the #MeToo movement, conferences and seminaries have heightened their focus on training pastors to prevent and report sexual abuse. But associational leader Sean McMahon worries those training efforts are leaving out a sizable group of pastors: small church and bivocational “heroes” who “work 55-60 hours a week in their normal job …

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  • Kavanaugh nod nonpartisan, pro-Kingdom, Greear says

    July 16 2018 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Kavanaugh nod nonpartisan, pro-Kingdom, Greear says

    Keeping the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) out of politics remains a goal of the SBC’s president and vice presidents, J.D. Greear said in defending their endorsement of President Trump’s justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh. “All three of us have a desire to keep the SBC out of politics, but we also want to speak with clarity …

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  • Greear confronts SBC challenges in NPR interview

    June 28 2018 by Grace Thornton, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Greear confronts SBC challenges in NPR interview

    Newly elected Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President J.D. Greear addressed topics ranging from the #MeToo crisis to politics and evangelicals in a recent interview with NPR, one of his first since taking the role. In a June 25 interview with Rachel Martin of NPR’s Morning Edition, Greear said that even though evangelical Christians may appear …

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  • ‘Undivided’ race relations resource debuts at SBC

    June 20 2018 by Brandon Elrod, NAMB | with 0 comments
    ‘Undivided’ race relations resource debuts at SBC

    A breakout session on racial reconciliation during the SBC annual meeting accompanied the release of a new resource to help pastors and churches bridge the racial divide in their communities titled “Undivided: Your Church and Racial Reconciliation.” Those who attended the June 12 session hosted by the North American Mission Board (NAMB) heard a pair …

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  • J.D. Greear seeks unity, diversity

    June 14 2018 by Seth Brown, Biblical Recorder | with 0 comments
    J.D. Greear seeks unity, diversity

    On the heels of an election many Southern Baptists believe was pivotal, J.D. Greear struck a conciliatory tone in response to questions about whether his presidency signals a sea change. He fielded inquiries on a range of issues during a press conference Tuesday (June 12) at the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting. Greear, pastor of …

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  • Pastors’ Conf. encourages, inspires, elects Danny Wood president

    With the theme “Fulfill Your Ministry,” the Southern Baptist Convention’s Pastors’ Conference speakers sought to encourage and inspire pastors with their messages on Monday (June 11) – the second day of the event. Pastors also elected Danny Wood, senior pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., as president of the conference during the …

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  • Greear elected SBC president

    June 12 2018 by Biblical Recorder staff | with 0 comments
    Greear elected SBC president

    Messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) annual meeting elected J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., as president of the SBC today (June 12). Greear received more than two-thirds of ballots cast (5,410), while Ken Hemphill took 31 percent of the vote (2,459).

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  • Gaines, Greear united in nomination announcement

    January 31 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Gaines, Greear united in nomination announcement

    Steve Gaines, current president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and J.D. Greear, whose forthcoming nomination for the office was announced Jan. 29, came to a mutual agreement in recent weeks that Gaines should not nominate Greear, as he offered to do in 2016, because of potentially negative influences on future elections.

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  • Greear to be SBC president nominee

    January 29 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 1 comments
    Greear to be SBC president nominee

    North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention at this year’s annual meeting, Florida pastor Ken Whitten announced Jan. 29. “I believe in J.D. Greear as a pastor and as a person, but I also believe in his vision for Southern Baptists,” said Whitten.

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  • Gaines to Greear: ‘I’ll nominate you’

    June 21 2017 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Gaines to Greear: ‘I’ll nominate you’

    In an informal meeting last year, Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Steve Gaines offered to nominate J.D. Greear for SBC president in 2018. Gaines, now serving his second term, said he would be willing to make the nomination as a gesture of unity after then-candidate Greear decided to withdraw from the 2016 SBC presidential election.

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  • Greear withdraws from race, Gaines wins SBC presidency

    June 15 2016 by Compiled by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Greear withdraws from race, Gaines wins SBC presidency

    Following a runoff vote that didn’t produce a majority winner, North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear announced he would withdraw from the race for president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Greear’s decision avoided a second runoff and left Tennessee pastor Steve Gaines elected by acclamation as president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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  • Greear, Gaines slated for revote in tight SBC election

    June 14 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Greear, Gaines slated for revote in tight SBC election

    Two ballot votes for the top leadership position of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) failed to yield a new president June 14 during the 2016 annual meeting in St. Louis, Mo. A candidate must receive 50 percent of the vote plus one to be elected president. 

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  • J.D. Greear Q&A for SBC president

    May 19 2016 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    J.D. Greear Q&A for SBC president

    North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear, one of three pastors to be nominated for Southern Baptist Convention president in June, responded to six questions Baptist Press posed to each candidate. Greear’s nomination was announced March 2 by Jimmy Scroggins, pastor of Family Church in West Palm Beach, Fla.

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