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Hunt resigns from NAMB, named in Guidepost report

Hunt resigns from NAMB, named in Guidepost report

ALPHARETTA (BP) – Longtime pastor and SBC leader Johnny Hunt resigned from his position at the North American Mission Board (NAMB) on May 13, according to a statement from NAMB President Kevin Ezell. Hunt served as the senior vice president of evangelism and leadership since August 2018. He led prominent Southern Baptist church First Baptist…

SATF report shows EC pattern of resistance to addressing abuse claims

SATF report shows EC pattern of resistance to addressing abuse claims

NASHVILLE (BP) – Months of work by the Sexual Abuse Task Force and Guidepost Solutions concerning the alleged mishandling of sexual abuse claims by the SBC Executive Committee (EC) resulted in a 288-page report released publicly Sunday (May 22). The report came at the request of messengers to the 2021 SBC Annual Meeting. “Our investigation…

NEWS DIGEST: NAMB terminates agreement with Future Church; Former Illinois pastor arrested for grooming minor

NEWS DIGEST: NAMB terminates agreement with Future Church; Former Illinois pastor arrested for grooming minor

Mancini resigns ‘due to infidelity,’ NAMB terminates agreement with Future Church By BP Staff ATLANTA (BP) – According to a story first reported by ChurchLeaders.com, Will Mancini, church leadership and vision consultant, has left Future Church “due to infidelity” and has entered a restoration process. As a result of the moral failing, the North American…

‘Belmont Betty’ Wiseman: A life surrendered, a path lived

‘Belmont Betty’ Wiseman: A life surrendered, a path lived

NASHVILLE (BP) – Betty Wiseman considers her path – the one that started in tiny Portland, Tenn., before going through Nashville and winding to the ends of the earth – to be orchestrated by God. He said it. That settled it. That path has centered around her faith and basketball. The sport made her a…

Baptist volunteers minister amid ‘unimaginable’ suffering along Ukrainian border

Baptist volunteers minister amid ‘unimaginable’ suffering along Ukrainian border

Editor’s note: This story contains graphic descriptions of war violence. Southern Baptist volunteers who spent time serving Ukrainian refugees on the Ukraine-Poland border can’t unsee the horrors they witnessed and now can’t not care about the crisis. Brad Horne, who served as an IMB missionary for 20 years in Russia and five in Ukraine, shares…

IMB trustees appoint 56 missionaries, celebrate with missionary emeriti

IMB trustees appoint 56 missionaries, celebrate with missionary emeriti

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) — International Mission Board trustees approved 56 new fully funded missionaries for appointment during their May 18-19 meeting in Orlando. The meeting was conducted in conjunction with the Celebration of Emeriti event held every five years to recognize retiring missionaries who have completed their service with the IMB. IMB trustee chair Chuck…

FIRST-PERSON: Add 988 To Your Contacts – the new 911 for suicide prevention

FIRST-PERSON: Add 988 To Your Contacts – the new 911 for suicide prevention

When my wife and I moved to Oxford, England, for my doctoral studies, we realized we had no idea how to call emergency personnel if there was a problem with our infant baby girl, Lily. As a new dad, not knowing who or how to call for help in a moment of crisis in a…

SBC DIGEST: New interim SBC EC CFO; For the Church Cohorts at MBTS

SBC DIGEST: New interim SBC EC CFO; For the Church Cohorts at MBTS

SBC EC names new interim CFO By BP Staff Twila Roberts NASHVILLE (BP) – Twila Roberts will take over as interim chief financial officer for the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee July 1. Roberts will replace Bill Townes, who temporarily rejoined the EC in March after his 2020 retirement. Townes had agreed to fill in…

McLean Bible Church leaders hope a new church election will resolve lawsuit

McLean Bible Church leaders hope a new church election will resolve lawsuit

(RNS) — Leaders of a prominent Washington, D.C.-area congregation hope to end an ongoing conflict by redoing a contested church election. That election is the subject of a lawsuit pending in Virginia state court. Several current and former members claim McLean Bible Church leaders failed to follow the church’s constitution during an election for church…

Reassess, be vigilant, church security experts advise following latest shooting

Reassess, be vigilant, church security experts advise following latest shooting

NASHVILLE (BP) – Churches are taking another look at their security plans after a weekend when 10 died in a shooting at a Buffalo, N.Y., grocery store and another the next day at a California church. While variables can exist from church to church in establishing or modifying those plans, the concerns and preparation are…