Can a tender-hearted president solve the Southern Baptists’ trust problem?

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(RNS) — The Southern Baptist Convention has trouble with a capital T — and that stands for trust. The lack of trust was palpable during the SBC’s recent annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, where local church messengers often overruled Baptist leaders from the meeting floor. “As far as trust in leadership — that is one … Read more

White Gen X and millennial evangelicals are losing faith in the conservative culture wars

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(The Conversation) — Since the 1970s, white American evangelicals — a large subsection of Protestants who hold to a literal reading of the Bible — have often managed to get specific privileges through their political engagement primarily through supporting the Republican Party. In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan symbolically consolidated the alliance by bringing religious … 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

Southern Baptists approve abuse task force, say abusive pastors should be banned

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — The newly elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention got his first marching orders on Wednesday (June 16). Messengers to the SBC’s annual meeting directed President Ed Litton to set up a task force to address concerns Southern Baptist leaders have mistreated abuse victims and mishandled allegations of abuse. The denomination’s … 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

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