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  • California fires leave locals ‘shocked,’ DR active

    August 15 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    California fires leave locals ‘shocked,’ DR active

    California Southern Baptists have found themselves dispensing hope amid the death, destruction and weariness caused by more than a dozen wildfires burning across the state. The largest recorded fire in California history – the Mendocino Complex fire in the northern part of the state – has burned more than 340,000 acres, destroyed 147 homes and left a firefighter dead Aug. 13.

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  • ‘A powerful tool’: 2018 SBC Annual available online

    August 13 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    ‘A powerful tool’: 2018 SBC Annual available online

    The 2018 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Annual has been posted online, with hard copies available for order. The Annual is a comprehensive collection of reports, budgets and proceedings from the June 12-13 SBC annual meeting in Dallas as well as a compilation of historical data and reports from convention entities.

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  • Budget proposal includes increase to SBC

    July 16 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC & K. Allan Blume, BR Editor | with 0 comments
    Budget proposal includes increase to SBC

    The Executive Committee of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina approved a proposed budget for 2019 totaling $31 million that includes an increase in support of missions and ministries of the Southern Baptist Convention through the Cooperative Program. To offset rising expenses and accommodate the increased allocation to the SBC …

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  • EC search committee cautions against speculation

    June 21 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    EC search committee cautions against speculation

    The committee charged with nominating the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee “has not begun to look at names yet” and says “any speculation or social media posts about who we may nominate is just that, speculation,” according to an update released June 20 by search committee chairman Steve Swofford.

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  • Indiana pastor Randall Forsythe to be 2nd VP nominee

    June 7 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Indiana pastor Randall Forsythe to be 2nd VP nominee

    Indiana pastor Randall Forsythe will be nominated for second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, fellow Indiana pastor Reginald Fletcher announced today (June 6). A former president of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana, Forsythe has pastored Grace Baptist Church in Portage, Ind., for the past 15 years. He is the Indiana convention’s …

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  • Mohler confronts SBC’s ‘horrifying #MeToo moment’

    May 25 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Mohler confronts SBC’s ‘horrifying #MeToo moment’

    R. Albert Mohler Jr. has labeled turmoil in the Southern Baptist Convention the SBC’s “own horrifying #MeToo moment” and said it stems from “an unorganized conspiracy of silence” about sexual misconduct and abuse. “Judgment has now come to the house of the Southern Baptist Convention,” Mohler wrote.

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  • SBC ends relationship with DC convention

    May 23 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    SBC ends relationship with DC convention

    After nearly a year and a half of discussions concerning a Washington church with lesbian co-pastors, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has notified the District of Columbia Baptist Convention (DCBC) that “the formal relationship between the SBC and the DCBC has come to an end.”

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  • Credentials Committee for 2018 announced

    May 14 2018 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Credentials Committee for 2018 announced

    Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines has announced appointees to the 2018 Credentials Committee. Appointed as chairman is Greg Hyche, senior pastor of Ladonia Baptist Church in Phenix City, Ala.

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  • Ethnic breakdown of Gaines’ appointments released

    May 11 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Ethnic breakdown of Gaines’ appointments released

    This year’s Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Committee on Resolutions may be “one of the most ethnically diverse committees in the history of the SBC,” convention president Steve Gaines said in a statement announcing the ethnic breakdown of his presidential appointments.

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  • EC search committee now accepting nominations

    May 3 2018 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    EC search committee now accepting nominations

    Nominations are being accepted for president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee, search committee chairman Steve Swofford announced May 2. “On behalf of the Executive Committee presidential search committee, I want to announce that we are accepting nominations for the next SBC Executive Committee president.”

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  • Committee on Nominations seeks more diversity

    May 2 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Committee on Nominations seeks more diversity

    The Southern Baptist Convention’s Committee on Nominations says social media discussion helped reinforce its commitment to propose a diverse slate of nominees for trustee boards and committees. “The committee itself had a repeated discussion” at its March 15-16 meeting “that our goal was to … increase the diversity of the nominees,” James Freeman said.

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  • New books on SBC relay practical, biblical insights

    May 2 2018 by Lauren Pratt, SEBTS | with 0 comments
    New books on SBC relay practical, biblical insights

    Who runs the Southern Baptist Convention? You do. This is how the authors of a new book, “SBC FAQs: A Ready Reference,” emphasize the vital role that individuals have in the life of their convention. Also new from Scott Hildreth is “Together on God’s Mission: How Southern Baptists Cooperate to Fulfill the Great Commission.”

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  • SBC nominee list lacks diversity, under revision

    April 30 2018 by Biblical Recorder staff | with 0 comments
    SBC nominee list lacks diversity, under revision

    The Southern Baptist Convention’s 2018 Committee on Nominations (CN) released a slate of nominees April 25 for each of the national committees and trustee boards, but after receiving pushback online for the list’s lack of ethnic diversity, the CN assured Southern Baptists the report is a work in progress.

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  • Q&A: Steve Gaines reflects on SBC

    April 27 2018 by Shawn Hendricks, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Q&A: Steve Gaines reflects on SBC

    Leading up to this year’s Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting in Dallas, SBC president Steve Gaines answered questions from Baptist Press regarding this year’s gathering and lessons and rewarding moments he’s encountered during the past two years.

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  • Yeats to be re-nominated as SBC recording secretary

    April 27 2018 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    Yeats to be re-nominated as SBC recording secretary

    Missouri Baptist Convention executive director John L. Yeats will be nominated for a 22nd term as the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) recording secretary. The SBC recording secretary is responsible for the record of the proceedings of the SBC, training volunteers for convention business sessions and the final edit of the Book of Reports and the Annual.

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