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Top 10 SBC-related stories from 2023

Messengers vote during the 2023 SBC Annual Meeting in New Orleans. (Baptist Press/Sonya Singh)

NASHVILLE (BP) — From meeting needs amid war and natural disasters around the world to carrying out important SBC business at home, Southern Baptists stayed busy in 2023. Here are the SBC’s top 10 stories from the year.

1.     Send Relief work in Ukraine, Israel and Hawaii

Send Relief extends call for prayer, begins working with partners to bring aid in Israel

Send Relief helps victims of Hamas terror attack in Israel

Send Relief videos show Baptist work in war-torn Israel

Southern Baptists provide food, shelter, generators as Ukraine enters winter during war

Hawaii death toll climbs to 99; Send Relief plans taking shape

Southern Baptists continue to serve, urge support for ‘devastated’ Maui

2.     EC finances become focus at Feb. 2023 EC meeting

Executive Committee hears from ARITF, receives budget updates

Budgets, audit headline EC financial discussion

3.     SWBTS challenges, changes

SWBTS trustees elect president, chancellor; adopt new plan, budget, programs

Southwestern board releases ‘summary of findings’ over presidential spending

Southwestern receives warning from accreditation agency

Dockery installed as 10th president of SWBTS

Dockery discusses SWBTS’ ‘systemic’ financial, leadership issues in BP interview

4.     SBC EC declines nomination of Jared Wellman for president/CEO

Jared Wellman to be nominated to lead SBC Executive Committee

SBC Executive Committee declines Wellman recommendation, forms new search committee

5.     Busy 2023 SBC Annual Meeting in New Orleans

At SBC ‘23, messengers continue to deal with abuse reforms, take stand on pastoral convictions

6.     Willie McLaurin resigns from SBC EC

McLaurin resigns as interim EC president and CEO, removed from search consideration

EC conducting internal investigation related to Willie McLaurin

Trustees receive updates on EC personnel matters

7.     Busy year for SBC President Bart Barber

SBC President Bart Barber featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes

Barber’s 60 Minutes interview brings positive reviews from SBC leaders

Barber announces changes to ARITF, chairman of newly formed Cooperation Group

Cooperation Group named by Barber

Adkins to lead GCR Evaluation task force study

8.     Strong missions offerings

Annie Armstrong Easter Offering hits all-time high as Southern Baptists give record $68.9 million

Generous Lottie Moon offering – $196.1M – helps missionaries tackle greatest problem

9.     Jeff Iorg announces retirement

Gateway trustees announce presidential leadership transition

10.  State conventions continue sexual abuse reforms

‘Watershed moment’: State Baptist conventions make progress on sexual abuse reforms

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