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SBC DIGEST: Finn to be re-nominated; Ministry Report posted; Road to NOLA highlights food

Nathan Finn to be re-nominated for SBC Recording Secretary

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (BP) — North Greenville University provost and current SBC Recording Secretary Nathan Finn will be re-nominated for the position by Florida pastor Dean Inserra at the 2023 SBC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La., on June 13-14.

“Nathan Finn is not only committed to being a Southern Baptist, he is also excited to be one,” Inserra told Baptist Press. “At this time in our Convention’s history we need someone who is happily committed to who we are and what we do together. As a historian, Nathan has studied Southern Baptists his entire adult life, and wants to continue serving us. Nathan Finn represents all the good things about the SBC.”

In addition to his service as recording secretary this year, Finn served on the 2021 Committee on Resolutions, on the Historical Committee for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina, and as a member of the board of directors of the Biblical Recorder for the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina.

While he has served in the Convention in numerous ways, much of Finn’s service to Southern Baptists has come in the academy and through his writing. He currently serves as provost and dean of the university faculty at North Greenville University – a position he has held since 2018.

Prior to that, Finn served as dean of the School of Theology and Missions and professor of theological studies at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., from 2015-2018 and taught church history at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary from 2007-2015. He has contributed to and authored several books and academic works including The Baptist Story and Historical Theology for the Church.

Finn and his wife, Leah, are members of Taylors First Baptist Church in Taylors, S.C., where Finn now serves in a teaching pastor role. According to Annual Church Profile data, the church averages 1,084 in worship and gave $568,432 (10.01 percent) of its undesignated receipts of $5,676,706 through the Cooperative Program last year. The church also reported 32 baptisms in 2022.

Finn holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Brewton-Parker College and both an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and Leah have four children.

SBC Ministry Report now available online

NASHVILLE (BP) — The 2023 Ministry Report containing information related to the finances and operations of all Southern Baptist entities is now available online at sbc.net.

The Ministry Report serves to aid the Southern Baptist Executive Committee in planning, evaluating and implementing the Cooperative Program Allocation Budget that will be presented for adoption by messengers at the June 2023 SBC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, La.

Contained in the report is a compilation of each entity’s updated reports, responses to questions asked by the Executive Committee and other related reports.

In an effort to increase transparency and accessibility, the Ministry Report has been made available online for the past several years.

The content of each report is presented in four separate categories: President’s Letter, Ministry Goals and Accomplishments, Ministry Inquiries and Financial Statements (excluding seminaries). Seminary reports include seminary formula tables and the Association of Theological Seminaries (ATS) reports. Additional, extra documents and attachments may be included in individual reports.

The reports provided a variety of updates related to the execution of each entity’s ministry assignments.

Road to New Orleans features food and family fun

NEW ORLEANS (BP) — Jay Adkins, pastor of First Baptist Westwego, La., joined Jonathan Howe, vice president for communications at the SBC Executive Committee, for this week’s episode of The Road to New Orleans.

What resulted is a mouth-watering episode discussing the finer points of the cuisine found in and around the Crescent City. Adkins has posted a complete list of his highlights around the city online for messengers to the 2023 Annual Meeting to reference.

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