Infighting in the Southern Baptist Convention shouldn’t be a surprise – the denomination has been defined by such squabbles for 400 years

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(The Conversation) — Concerned over the direction that some leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention have recently taken, a number of pastors in the denomination have formed the “Conservative Baptist Network.” This comes after some of the denomination’s most high-profile figures, including Bible study leader Beth Moore and former president of the denomination’s moral and … Read more

J.D. Greear’s legacy as Southern Baptist president: Grappling with abuse, pushing diversity

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — It’s traditional for the Southern Baptist Convention president to serve two one-year terms. But J.D. Greear had a lengthy bonus round due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 48-year-old leader of a Durham, North Carolina, megachurch was thrust into the national limelight as the leader of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination while … Read more

Saddleback Church’s ordination of women pastors to be considered by SBC committee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — A committee that determines whether churches are conforming to Southern Baptist Convention affiliation rules will consider whether Saddleback Church, a prominent California congregation led by bestselling author Rick Warren, can continue in fellowship with the SBC after Saddleback recently ordained three women pastors. Shad Tibbs, pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in … Read more

Who is Ed Litton, the new Southern Baptist Convention president?

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — In a hotly contested election decided by just over 500 votes, Alabama pastor Ed Litton was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Litton, the longtime pastor of Redemption Church in Saraland, Alabama, a congregation with 3,900 members, was considered a long shot in the presidential race. Two other candidates — … Read more

Debates on sex abuse, critical race theory front and center at first day of SBC meeting

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — As Southern Baptists opened their annual meeting, the debates that have rocked the nation’s largest Protestant denomination in recent months almost immediately became part of the business on the crowded convention floor. To a denomination that has been riven on issues of sex abuse, race and gender, outgoing President J.D. Greear … Read more

Mohler out, SBC presidential race a runoff between Litton, Stone

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NASHVILLE (RNS) — A heated race for Southern Baptist Convention president is headed for a runoff. With more than 14,000 ballots cast, none of the four candidates for president received 50% of votes. Georgia pastor Mike Stone (36.35%) and Alabama pastor Ed Litton (32.38%), each received about a third of the vote. R. Albert Mohler, … Read more

Who are the Southern Baptists and why is their 2021 annual meeting so divided?

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(RNS) — The Southern Baptist Convention is gathering in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s not an exaggeration to say that it may be the most consequential denominational meeting for any Protestant denomination in the last 30 years.  But who are Southern Baptists, and why is their vote on a new president and a series of resolutions reverberating … Read more

A guide to what’s at stake at the Southern Baptist Convention’s historic annual meeting

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(RNS) — The annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention begins Tuesday (June 15) with more than 17,000 “messengers” arriving in Nashville, Tennessee, to chart the future of the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. This year’s meeting, the first since 2019 due to COVID-19, has riveted national attention as the Southern Baptists face decisions … Read more

SBC Executive Committee rejects request for system-wide abuse inquiry

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NASHVILLE, Tenn (RNS) — As the delegates to the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting gathered on Monday (June 14) in Nashville, Tennessee, for the next day’s opening gavel, the denomination’s Executive Committee rejected a request to broaden an inquiry into its handling of sexual abuse allegations to include all the entities of the SBC. Committee … Read more

Southern Baptist Convention’s focus on mission recalls history of promoting white dominance

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(The Conversation) — Rocked by controversies, dwindling numbers and internal divisions, the Southern Baptist Convention will meet for its annual meeting on June 15 under the banner: “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” The slogan is notable not only for the unifying “we” but for the statement of intent regarding the SBC’s theological mission – the … Read more