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  • EC WRAP-UP: Sex abuse prevention, pres. search, DR

    by BP Staff, posted Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (14 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (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

  • SWBTS 'moving forward' despite 'certain events'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (14 hours ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- "Although certain events took place this summer," Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary interim president Jeffrey Bingham told the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, Southern Baptists are invited to "move forward" with Southwestern.

    During his Sept. 18 report to the EC in Nashville, Bingham referred at least five times to the May 30 termination of Southwestern president emeritus Paige Patterson, a week after he was accorded that status. Yet in an effort to focus on the future, Bingham never described what happened, utilizing instead the refrain "certain events." His only mention of Patterson by name was a request that EC members pray for him and his wife Dorothy.

    "Yes, events happened this summer," Bingham said. "But you know what? Southwestern, by the grace and the mercy of God, is moving ahead to fulfill its mission, which is to train God-called men and women for a variety of ministries. We are not living in the past." Read More

  • Exec. Comm. members' questions aired in open forum

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, September 18, 2018 (yesterday)

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    NASHVILLE (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

  • BLOG: SBC Executive Committee meeting

    by David Roach, posted Monday, September 17, 2018 (2 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Baptist Press is live blogging plenary sessions of the SBC Executive Committee meeting Sept. 17-18. Updates can be read here and at our Twitter account. Read More

  • EC search committee cautions against speculation

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, June 20, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- 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 today (June 20) by search committee chairman Steve Swofford.

    The update was addressed to EC members and provided to Baptist Press for publication. Read More

  • Evangelism, tithing crucial, EC leader Boto tells SBC

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Personal evangelism and tithing are imperative for reversing declines in key Southern Baptist Convention metrics, SBC Executive Committee Interim President D. August Boto told messengers June 12.

    Key statistics including top-enrollment seminaries and the largest Protestant membership in the U.S. can camouflage less favorable trends such as declining baptisms and a sharp dip in personal giving, Boto said. Read More

  • EC disfellowships Ga. church, honors Mohler

    by David Roach & Erin Roach, posted Monday, June 11, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee has disfellowshiped a Georgia church for alleged "intentional discriminatory acts toward individuals based solely on the color of their skin," according to a recommendation adopted at the EC's June 11 meeting in Dallas.

    The EC also honored R. Albert Mohler Jr. for serving 25 years as president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, elected a slate of officers led by chairman Mike Stone of Georgia and heard a report from the EC presidential search committee. Read More

  • SBC ends relationship with DC convention

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 22, 2018 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- After nearly a year and a half of discussions concerning a Washington church with lesbian co-pastors, the Southern Baptist Convention has notified the District of Columbia Baptist Convention that "the formal relationship between the SBC and the DCBC has come to an end," according to a statement by interim Executive Committee president D. August Boto.

    At its Feb. 19-20 meeting in Nashville, the EC adopted a recommendation granting the DCBC ... Read More

  • EC search committee elects officers, requests prayer

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, April 18, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The presidential search committee elected yesterday (April 17) to nominate the next chief executive of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee used its first meeting to select officers and begin laying groundwork in prayer to receive recommendations.

    "In a few weeks we will be releasing an email address through which we will be receiving recommendations," said search committee chairman Steve Swofford, pastor of First Baptist Church in Rockwall, Texas. "In the meantime, we will be gathering information and putting together a profile of what we feel like we are looking for." Read More

  • EC elects diverse presidential search committee

    by David Roach & Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, April 17, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The six-member committee charged with nominating the next president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee is marked by racial and gender diversity as well as a mixture of clergy and laypeople.

    The presidential search committee was elected during a special called EC meeting in Nashville today (April 17). The meeting -- prompted by the March 27 departure of former EC President Frank S. Page -- also included reports from EC chairman Stephen Rummage and interim president D. August Boto. See related Baptist Press report. Read More