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A weekly news roundup from the Southern Baptist Convention as well as guest interviews.

A weekly news roundup from the Southern Baptist Convention as well as guest interviews.


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A weekly news roundup from the Southern Baptist Convention as well as guest interviews.






Barber issues statement on Hunt “restoration”; Sills files suit over abuse allegations

SBC President Bart Barber issued a statement on the "restoration" of Johnny Hunt to ministry calling the move "repugnant." Also, former SBTS professor David Sills has filed a defamation lawsuit against 11 defendants as a result of being named in the Sexual Abuse Task Force report this past May.


Thanksgiving & state annual meetings

With Thanksgiving upon us, Amy and Jonathan discuss the holiday, some state convention recaps, a rather large Thanksgiving celebration back in 1981, and one of the best scenes in West Wing lore.


Send Relief ministry center opens in Puerto Rico; Unify Project set to launch

While state convention recaps dominate this episode, there is much to celebrate with the opening of a new Send Relief center in Puerto Rico as well as the Jesus Film being translated into its 2,000th language by a Southern Baptist seminary student.


Churches are open, but attendance has not returned; State convention recaps aplenty

New research from Lifeway shows that while 100% of churches have reopened following the pandemic, only about 85% of attendees have returned. Also, state conventions are happening across the country and attendance at the meetings is on the rise.


Broadmoor responds to abuse case; Politics driving church affinity more than before

Broadmoor Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss., issued a response to a decades-old report of sexual abuse at the church. In doing so, they may have become the model for how to properly report older cases.


Southwestern announces staff reduction; Dove Award winners announced

Southwestern Seminary announced they had begun cutting staff in efforts to reduce seminary operating expenses by 10%. Also, winners of the annual Dove Awards were announced.


SWBTS trustees meet; State convention recaps

The trustees at Southwestern Seminary met for their regularly called meeting and covered a number of issues last week at the campus in Fort Worth. Also, state convention recaps continue this week.


Barber interviewed on 60 Minutes; SBDR serves 500K meals

SBC President Bart Barber was featured last week on the CBS news show 60 Minutes. Also, SBDR hit a milestone in its response to Hurricane Ian serving more than half a million meals in Florida.


LMCO & AAEO hit new records; CP tops $200 million

The International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board both announced record offerings. Also, giving through the National Cooperative Program Allocation Budget hit a 14-year high eclipsing $200 million for the first time since 2008.


SWBTS announces leadership plans; IMB trustees meet, commission 24 new missionaries

Several changes were announced that reversed some previous decisions by the trustees at Southwestern Seminary and the International Mission Board. Also, at the IMB's trustee meeting a huge announcement was made about the 2021-22 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.


Greenway resigns at Southwestern; EC meeting recap

Southwestern Seminary announced that president Adam W. Greenway has resigned from his post. Also, the SBC Executive Committee met and got a lot of business done—and collected a couple of really big checks.


Leatherwood elected ERLC president; Carter joins Send Network team

The Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has a new permanent president in Brent Leatherwood. Also, Matt Carter has retired from pastoring to join the North American Mission Board


SBC23 hotel info released; Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

Hotel information for the 2023 SBC Annual Meeting has been released by the SBC Executive Committee. Also, Amy and Jonathan reminisce about the life and death of Queen Elizabeth II.


Tucker announces retirement; Chandler to take leave of absence

Arkansas state exec Sonny Tucker announced his retirement, and another state convention has a new exec chosen. Also, Texas pastor Matt Chandler is stepping away for a season at The Village Church.


SBC pastor pay report; SBC23 kickoff

A new study from Lifeway Research shows that while the cost of living has increased dramatically in the past few years, pay for Southern Baptist pastors has not followed suit. Also, a kickoff event was held this past week in New Orleans in preparation for the 2023 Annual Meeting and Pastors' Conference.


DOJ to investigate SBC; Baylor, BGCT relationship to be examined

The SBC Executive Committee announced last week that the United States Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the Convention regarding sexual abuse. Also, Baylor and the BGCT announced this week that they are reevaluating their relationship.


Barber names ARITF; Missionary scholarships increased

SBC president Bart Barber named the full Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force. Also, a pair of seminaries announced an increase in missionary scholarships to the schools.


ARITF chair, vice chair named; Barber, Keahbone highlight resolution on Native Americans

Marshall Blalock and Mike Keahbone will lead the soon-to-be-named ARITF for Southern Baptists. Also, Keahbone and SBC president Bart Barber participated in Indian Falls Creek this week and highlighted a resolution passed at SBC22.


ERLC president search winding down; Allen leaves Southwestern

The search team tasked with selecting the next president of the ERLC updated Southern Baptists on the process and their progress this week. Also, longtime SWBTS professor David Allen has left the seminary.


Washington joins NAMB for personal evangelism; Acts2 to stream state annual meetings

NAMB has a new director of personal evangelism, and your state convention annual meeting could be streamed this fall in the Acts2 app.