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EC adopts motion to fund contract with Guidepost, delays waiving privilege

NASHVILLE (BP) – A marathon afternoon session that stretched past three hours Tuesday (Sept. 21) ended with Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee members approving a motion to fund a contractual agreement with Guidepost Solutions for investigating claims of mishandling sexual abuse accusations. 

Generous missions giving, biblical authority spotlight entity reports

NASHVILLE (BP) – Record-level financial giving to Southern Baptist Convention missions offerings, confession-based seminaries grounded in biblical authority, fulfilling the Great Commission and appreciation for the Cooperative Program highlighted entity reports at the SBC Executive Committee meeting Sept. 20-21 in Nashville.

TRUSTEES: EC responds to task force, authorizes funding at September meeting

NASHVILLE (BP) -- In its first meeting since messengers to the June 2021 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting called for an independent, third-party review of the SBC Executive Committee, the EC responded to several routine motions and moved to fund the independent review but declined to waive attorney-client privilege for the time being.

SBC EC allocates $500,000 for sex abuse legal fees, initiates conflict of interest review

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee considered a number of referrals from messengers at the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting and approved several financial items at the entity’s meeting Tuesday (Sept. 21).

Lifeway works to meet demand, overcome supply chain issues

NASHVILLE (BP) – Like many organizations and companies around the world, Lifeway Christian Resources is facing logistic issues surrounding shipping and raw material shortages. To surmount these challenges and meet increased demand, the organization is implementing several measures to better serve churches this fall.

FIRST-PERSON: Challenges in South Asia remain but tears of joy come too

One constant of this life is that it is always changing. When people ask me about what it’s like to live overseas, this is one of my standard answers. For a year and a half, most humans across the globe have experienced constant change or at least the feeling of unknown changes coming. It can be unsettling and exhausting. But there are moments when the anticipation of coming changes can be exciting. It’s the latter feeling that I am trying to focus on these days.

Litton urges Executive Committee to regain trust of Southern Baptists

NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptist Convention President Ed Litton reported Monday night (Sept. 20) on the Gospel work he has witnessed during the first months of his presidency while urging Executive Committee members and guests to model and speak Christ’s message for those inside as well as outside the church.

Annie Armstrong Offering surpasses cumulative $2 billion

NASHVILLE (BP) — Southern Baptist sacrifice and generosity has pushed cumulative giving to the annual Annie Armstrong Easter Offering® for North American Missions past the $2 billion mark. The milestone was announced by North American Mission Board (NAMB) president Kevin Ezell as he shared a report with members of the SBC Executive Committee Monday evening, September 20.

Task Force chair addresses Executive Committee, discusses client-attorney privilege

NASHVILLE (BP) – Debate over the long-term effects of waiving attorney-client privilege and remaining in step with the entity’s fiduciary responsibility led the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee to call for an executive (or closed) session Monday afternoon (Sept. 20).

SBC DIGEST: ‘Churches helping churches’ affected by Ida; Lifeway’s digital worship tools; Smith called to Family Church

Churches, pastors seek help in recovery from Hurricane Ida; Digital worship tools offer flexibility to churches; Kevin Smith joins Family Church in West Palm Beach.