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Floyd issues Vision 2025 call to reach every person with the gospel
By Jonathan Howe and Amy Whitfield, Baptist Press
February 18 2020
Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee (EC) President Ronnie Floyd announced a new five-year initiative in conjunction with multiple entities to reach every person with the gospel in every town, every city, every state and every nation... read more
Greear urges unity, not uniformity
By Tess Schoonhoven, Baptist Press
February 18 2020
In his plenary address during the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee (EC) meeting Feb. 17, SBC President J.D. Greear called EC members to unity in order to continue to focus on "Gospel Above All," his choice of theme for the 2020 SBC Annual Meeting in June – just as it was for the 2019 SBC Annual Meeting... read more
First Baptist Orlando to pay all Pastors' Conference costs
By Diana Chandler, Baptist Press
February 18 2020
First Baptist Church of Orlando, Fla., has paid the full cost of the 2020 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Pastors' Conference, leaders said Feb. 17 in response to disagreement about speakers and performers slated for the June 7-8 event... read more
Why Easter is an ideal day for baptism
By Milton A. Hollifield Jr., BSC executive director-treasurer
February 18 2020
One of the great aspects of disciple-making is helping others understand the importance of sharing their faith and helping others come into a relationship with Christ. Another step in the discipleship process is helping them understand the importance of believer’s baptism... read more
'Grassroots' network launched to address concerns about direction of SBC
By Diana Chandler, Baptist Press
February 17 2020
A group described as "grassroots" Southern Baptists announced the formation of the Conservative Baptist Network Feb. 14. Group spokesperson Brad Jurkovich, pastor of First Baptist Church of Bossier City, La... read more

What you should know about the SBC Executive Committee meeting

The Southern Baptist Convention's (SBC) Executive Committee met Monday and Tuesday of this week in Nashville, Tenn. It was an eventful few days, to say the least. Keep an eye on for full stories. Until then, here are a few items to note.

  • A task force was created to study whether the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) is operating in alignment with its ministry assignments and whether the actions of the ERLC are affecting Cooperative Program giving.

  • A motion was passed that effectively bars the SBC Pastors' Conference from using the convention hall unless it makes changes to its proposed program, based on the belief that the current speaker and guest lineup falls "sufficiently beyond the parameters" of Southern Baptist faith and practice.

  • Ranchland Heights Baptist Church in Midland, Texas was deemed not in cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention due to its continued employment of pastor Phillip Rutledge, who was convicted of molesting two young girls ages 11 and 12 in 2003.

  • SBC Executive Committee President Ronnie Floyd outlined Vision 2025, a five-year initiative to work with multiple entities "to reach every person with the Gospel in every town, every city, every state and every nation." The committee approved the initiative's adoption, which will now go before messengers to the 2020 SBC annual meeting.

  • The International Mission Board and North American Mission Board announced a partnership that would combine their national and international disaster relief and other compassion ministries under the umbrella of SEND Relief.

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