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SBC DIGEST: EC to meet Nov. 16, GivingTuesday gifts to Mission:Dignity to be matched up to $700K

Executive Committee to meet in an online meeting Nov. 16


NASHVILLE (BP) – The SBC Executive Committee will meet in special session on Thursday, Nov. 16. The announcement comes two weeks after the EC released a statement about an amicus brief in an abuse-related Kentucky Supreme Court case. Lifeway, the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the EC signed onto the brief.

“The SBC Executive Committee remains fully committed to bringing about meaningful and effective abuse reform across the Convention,” Philip Robertson, EC chairman, told Baptist Press in written comments concerning the special called meeting.

According to the Oct. 27 statement, how the amicus brief was filed has “prompted … trustees to reevaluate how legal findings will be approved and considered in the future.”

“The complex legal and moral issues we continue to face require much wisdom, prayer, and due diligence—three things members of the SBC Executive Committee are dedicated to and united around,” said Robertson.

The meeting will be online and in executive session.

Mission:Dignity gifts to be matched up to $700,000 on #GivingTuesday

Gifts to Mission:Dignity made on Tuesday, November 28, #GivingTuesday, will be doubled to $700,000, thanks to generous donors.

#GivingTuesday is a day of giving following consumer-driven Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday after Thanksgiving. Each of the past two years, more than $1 million was given due to #GivingTuesday donations.

“We are thrilled for the donors who have agreed to match gifts this Giving Tuesday,” GuideStone® President Hance Dilbeck said. “One of the joys I’ve discovered in my stewardship of GuideStone has been the godly men and women we serve through Mission:Dignity.”

In 2022, Mission:Dignity assisted more than 2,800 individuals with extra money needed for housing, food and vital medications. It also ensures a well-deserved dignity, independence and, often, the ability to continue serving the Lord.

As always, 100% of all gifts go directly to retired Southern Baptist workers, ministers and widows near or below the poverty line. An established endowment covers administrative and overhead costs for the ministry. Mission:Dignity receives no Cooperative Program gifts.

“Mission:Dignity is the core of GuideStone — it is in our DNA,” Dilbeck said. “No retirement-age pastor and his wife or widow should live in poverty. We are thankful for our Southern Baptist family’s generosity and faithful support.”

To learn more about Mission:Dignity, to refer someone in need, or to donate, visit MissionDignity.org.

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