The Southern Baptist Convention’s executive committee voted Tuesday to oust four of its churches, two over policies deemed to be too inclusive of LGBTQ people and two more for employing pastors...
Divisions over race, politics, gender and LGBTQ issues are roiling America’s largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, ahead of a meeting of its executive committee next...
As a student in college and seminary, then as a pastor in Texas, Dwight McKissic has been affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention for more than 45 years. Now he’s pondering whether he and...
For many religious denominations in the United States, there were two shared preoccupations in 2020 beyond the usual matters of faith: How to cope with the coronavirus pandemic and how to respond...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest Protestant denomination is almost 2% smaller than it was in 2018.
The Southern Baptist Convention released its 2019 membership numbers on...
(RNS) — For more than a decade, abuse survivor advocates have been asking the Southern Baptist Convention to establish a clergy predator database, and for just as long they've been confronted with...
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended a music-filled Christmas Eve service at a Southern Baptist Convention-affiliated church before celebrating the...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says if residents pray to God to favor the state, God will answer those prayers.
Speaking to religious leaders on Tuesday, Lee said he...
Entangled in a multifaceted sex-abuse crisis, the Southern Baptist Convention is preparing to host a high-profile conference on the topic that has kindled skepticism even among some of the...
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Sharing a stage with tearful survivors of sex abuse, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention apologized Wednesday for the abuse crisis besetting his...
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Confronting an unprecedented sex-abuse crisis, delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention's national meeting voted Tuesday to make it easier to expel churches that...
The Southern Baptist Convention gathers for its annual national meeting Tuesday with one sobering topic — sex abuse by clergy and staff — overshadowing all others.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Convention planners say the upcoming Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Birmingham is one of the city's largest events ever.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation's largest Protestant denomination reported its twelfth year of declining membership in an annual report released Thursday.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Stained-glass windows honoring some religious leaders who helped shift the Southern Baptist Convention to a more conservative stance have been removed from a Texas...
DALLAS (AP) — Arkansas Pastor Ronnie Floyd has been elected president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention's executive committee after the man previously in the role resigned due to an...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Southern Baptist officials have cleared seven churches accused of covering up sexual abuse just days after a top leader called for greater scrutiny following a joint...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than a decade after the Southern Baptist Convention rejected the idea of creating a database of ministers credibly accused of sexual abuse, leaders said on Monday night the possibility is on the table.
The denomination already was looking at how it could better respond to abuse when two Texas newspapers published an investigation last week that detailed hundreds of cases of abuse in its churches.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prominent leader in the Southern Baptist Convention said he was wrong to support a Kentucky pastor accused of covering up sex abuse.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Louisville-based Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on Wednesday disclosed its ties to slavery, detailing decades of racism and how its four founders owned more than 50 slaves.
Its 71-page report found the school, the oldest seminary associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, supported an ideology of bigotry and white supremacy after its founding in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1859.
Vice President Mike Pence gave an often boastful campaign-style speech Wednesday to the closing session of the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting, winning several standing ovations even as some evangelicals criticized his appearance.
DALLAS (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention opened its annual national meeting Tuesday in an anxious mood as the denomination's all-male leadership grappled with the fallout of multiple sexual misconduct cases.
With virtually no opposition, delegates at the meeting adopted resolutions condemning any sexual misconduct by SBC ministers, urging more action to prevent "all forms of abuse," and encouraging abuse victims to contact civil authorities to seek protection and support.
DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas (all times local):
About two dozen protesters gathered outside the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention are pushing for three changes to church operations.
They say they want more inclusion of women's voices in the SBC and a database to record and track those accused of misconduct. They also want seminarians and others trained on how to address domestic violence.
ALBANY, Ga. (AP) — Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention are expelling a Georgia church that was accused of racial discrimination.
The denomination's media office tweeted Monday that members of the executive committee had voted to withdraw fellowship from Raleigh White Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia.
The tweet says the church is being disassociated over "clear evidence" of racism. The church's local association severed ties earlier this year.
The Southern Baptists are facing their own #MeToo crisis as the biggest Protestant denomination in the U.S. heads into its annual meeting next week.
A series of sexual misconduct cases has prompted the Southern Baptist Convention's socially conservative, all-male leadership to seek forgiveness for the ill treatment of women and vow to combat it. Hoping for more than rhetoric, women and some male allies plan a protest rally in Dallas when the two-day meeting opens on Tuesday.
The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, is holding its annual meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday in Dallas. Here are some facts about the SBC:
The SBC consists of 47,272 churches with a total membership of about 15.2 million. Weekly attendance at worship services is about 5.2 million. Each church is a self-governing congregation that makes its own decisions on staffing, budget and programs.
DALLAS (AP) — A former seminary president dismissed over his response to two rape allegations made by students says he won't give the featured sermon at the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting next week in Dallas.
The convention's news service, Baptist Press, says Paige Patterson withdrew Friday.
Patterson was invited last year to give the sermon. If he hadn't withdrawn, meeting participants would've had to vote next week to block him.
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former head of the Southern Baptist Convention has been terminated from a Texas seminary over his handling of a sexual abuse case at another institution.
The Star-Telegram reports that the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary released a statement Wednesday saying that Paige Patterson will be removed from all of his positions and won't receive compensation.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former head of the Southern Baptist Convention was removed Wednesday as president of a Texas seminary following allegations of "unbiblical teaching" through sexist and demeaning comments to women who he suggests should tolerate abuse.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The president and chief executive of the Southern Baptist Convention's executive committee has resigned following a "morally inappropriate relationship."
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the Southern Baptist Convention meeting (all times local):
PHOENIX (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention, home to prominent evangelical supporters of President Donald Trump, adopted a statement on moral leadership at the group's annual meeting Tuesday that avoided pointed criticism of current political officeholders.
FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Baptist Convention has elected an Elizabethtown pastor as its president.
Bill Langley, senior pastor of Severns Valley Baptist Church, was chosen on Tuesday at the state convention's annual meeting at Florence Baptist Church.
News media report Langley was unopposed for the unpaid, volunteer position. The president's main role is to appoint chair persons of convention committees and lead mission board meetings.