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The closing of one door opens many more for David Pollack

NASHVILLE (BP) — This college football season is unlike any other in David Pollack’s life. For as long as he can remember, the sport dominated his Saturdays in ways most people haven’t experienced.

Ethnic leaders express concerns over Executive Committee staff cuts

NASHVILLE (BP) — The recent elimination of five staff positions at the SBC Executive Committee has prompted letters from ethnic leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention, as two of those positions were representative of ministry efforts among Hispanics and Asians.

Events introduce men to the God who made the great outdoors

MARSHFIELD, Mo. (BP) – The first day of autumn may have officially come on Sept. 23, but the season associated with cooler weather had already started for ministries set in the outdoors.   

Paying for X (Twitter)? Churches, pastors consider the cost

NASHVILLE (BP) — When it comes to X (formerly Twitter), church leaders may soon get the opportunity to truly take it or leave it.

Trustees receive updates on EC personnel matters

NASHVILLE (BP) — During a three-hour executive session Tuesday afternoon (Sept. 19), SBC Executive Committee members learned that no further legal action would take place regarding the departure of former interim president and CEO Willie McLaurin. In addition, Kentucky pastor Dan Summerlin voluntarily removed his name from consideration for the transitional role.

EC adopts budget, discusses entity’s financial state

NASHVILLE (BP) – Executive Committee members approved a 2023-2024 operating budget of $8,305,500 for SBC and EC operating expenses, a decrease of .35 percent from last year.

SBC database of those accused of sexual abuse to be available ‘very soon’

NASHVILLE (BP) — Establishing a database of those credibly accused of sexual abuse in Southern Baptist churches is important. Just as much is making sure it’s done right.

Hospitality meets mission in this widow’s living room

GUTTENBERG, Iowa (BP) — Rita Klink doesn’t consider herself a leader. Regardless, she is someone who said “yes.”

Study places Southern Baptist seminaries as among least expensive in the nation

CHARLESTON, Ill. (BP) — Research on the cost of attending seminary in the United States points to Southern Baptist schools offering one of the least expensive paths toward a degree.

Church damaged by Idalia receives check from Florida governor

HORSESHOE BEACH, Fla. (BP) – Donnie Ownby’s plan in August was to move to this village in the Big Bend region of Florida after being called to lead First Baptist Church. Semi-retirement for the longtime Tennessean was expected to accompany work as a pastor.