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Vision 2025 unveiling, Credentials Committee report highlight SBC EC meeting agenda

NASHVILLE (BP) — SBC Executive Committee president Ronnie Floyd is expected to issue a call for Southern Baptists to reimagine a new future of reaching the world for Jesus Christ at the February SBC Executive Committee meeting next week (Feb. 17-18) in Nashville.

In his remarks with Baptist state publication editors and state executives earlier this week in Tucson (see related story [1]), Floyd announced the unveiling of “Vision 2025” — a call to reach every person for Jesus Christ in every town, every city, every state and every nation. Floyd’s address is scheduled for Monday night in the first of two scheduled plenary sessions of the 86-member board.

The Monday night plenary begins at 6:30 p.m. and will also feature an address by SBC president J.D. Greear. It was in this speech a year ago when Greear issued a convention-wide call to better respond to sexual abuse in local churches and to provide better training to pastors and lay leaders for how to care well for survivors.

One response to Greear’s call was the conception and formation of a standing Credentials Committee at the SBC annual meeting last June in Birmingham, Ala. This new Credentials Committee is scheduled to present its first report to the SBC Executive Committee on Tuesday.

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The Tuesday morning plenary session begins and 10:30 a.m. and includes a presentation from Warren Peek, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Foundation, as well as nearly 30 business items for the Committee to process. Business items scheduled to be addressed include:

— Restructuring of the EC subcommittee and workgroup structure

— Revisions to the EC mission and ministries statement including a new prayer ministry (see related story [3])

— Amendments to the SBC Bylaws and Constitution regarding the process of elections and timing of business at the annual meeting

— The proposed Cooperative Program and EC budgets for fiscal year 2021

— Additions to the SBC Calendar

SBC Executive Committee meetings are open to the public and are held at the SBC Building located at 901 Commerce Street, Nashville, TN, 37203.

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