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Chaplaincy ministry, church planting spotlighted at SEBTSWAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) -- With more than 100 military community students, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary is making strides in its efforts to engage these students and bring awareness to ministry opportunities within the military community.
Affiliated SEBTS military personnel and students gathered for panel discussions and various meetings for the seminary's first Military Community Focus Week, Sept. 4-7.
"Discipling, training and caring for our military community is incredibly strategic for long term global, gospel impact," said Mark Liederbach, dean of students and vice president for student services. "Our hope is to build a welcoming, strategic and caring community for our military men and women." Read More
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EC WRAP-UP: Sex abuse prevention, pres. search, DRNASHVILLE (BP) -- An initiative by Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear to address sexual abuse in the church will be funded by the first $250,000 in Cooperative Program overage for 2017-2018, by a vote of the SBC Executive Committee.
Other highlights of the Executive Committee's Sept. 17-18 meeting in Nashville included a report from the EC presidential search committee and a report on Southern Baptist Disaster Relief following Hurricane Florence. Two retiring leaders of Baptist state conventions were honored with resolutions of appreciation.
In appropriating money for Greear's Sexual Abuse Advisory Study, an initiative in conjunction with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the EC acted on behalf of the SBC "to provide two years of funding ... to study ways to address sexual abuse and related issues in a church or ministry context," according to a recommendation approved by the EC. The funding will be drawn from an anticipated $5 million overage from the 2017-2018 CP Allocation Budget. Read More
Exec. Comm. members' questions aired in open forumNASHVILLE (BP) -- Concern over Baptist work in Utah and Idaho, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission were voiced during an Executive Committee open forum Sept. 18.
The forum was initiated by the EC's interim president, D. August Boto, in consultation with EC officers as part of the closing day's agenda during the Sept. 17-18 meeting in Nashville.
Boto, who also serves as the EC executive vice president and general counsel, called the forum an "experiment" apart from regular business "to voice the views from your home territories," whether questions, complaints, suggestions or praises regarding Southern Baptist ministry at the national level. Read More
#MeToo, church awareness focus of studyNASHVILLE (BP) -- In recent months, churches have been rocked by high-profile accusations of sexual misconduct among clergy.
While the Catholic church's continued abuse scandal has dominated the headlines, Protestant churches have also seen high profile pastors accused of sexual misconduct.
A new LifeWay Research study shows one in eight Protestant senior pastors say a church staff member has sexually harassed a member of the congregation at some point in the church's history. One in six pastors say a staff member has been harassed in a church setting. Read More