Throughout 2020, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) has continued to partner with churches to provide resources that equip Southern Baptists to engage some of the most difficult and pressing issues of the day with the hope of the gospel of Jesus Christ. On ethical issues ranging from religious liberty and abortion to technology and sexuality, ERLC sought to be a reliable and consistent voice in the public square and to partner with Southern Baptists in reaching a world in need of Christ.
As Southern Baptists continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, the ERLC has sought to be a leading help for churches – providing resources and recommendations on everything from church safety to children’s ministry to analysis of SBA loans. Additionally, the ERLC has been in regular contact with civic leaders and even courts – working to defend against any erosion of religious liberty, while insisting that churches should be seen as key partners in combating this virus.
The ERLC remained tireless in its efforts to stand up for the lives of the preborn as fellow image-bearers and worked to develop several new initiatives to be announced in the coming year. Throughout 2020, the ERLC provided regular pro-life resources and advocated for pro-life policy at the state and federal level. Additionally, the ERLC worked to secure a major increase in its ultrasound-placement ministry, the Psalm 139 Project, and will be placing 10 ultrasound machines across the country over the first six months of 2021.
ERLC welcomed three new executives, including new executive vice president Daniel Patterson, chief of staff and vice president for external affairs Brent Leatherwood, and vice president of operations and life initiatives Elizabeth Graham.
For access to church resources, visit ERLC.com.