Latest Southern Baptist Convention News

Vaccine skepticism runs deep among white evangelicals in US

Apr. 05, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest evangelical denomination, posted a photo on Facebook last week of him getting the COVID-19 vaccine. It drew more than 1,100 comments — many of them voicing admiration for the Rev. J.D. Greear, and many others assailing...

Growing number of Southern Baptist women question roles

Mar. 24, 2021 19:47 PM EDT

Emily Snook is the daughter of a Southern Baptist pastor. She met her husband, also a pastor, while they attended a Southern Baptist university Yet the 39-year-old Oklahoma woman now finds herself wondering if it’s time to leave the nation's largest Protestant...

LGBTQ rights bill ignites debate over religious liberty

Mar. 08, 2021 09:00 AM EST

A sweeping bill that would extend federal civil rights protections to LGBTQ people is a top priority of President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress. Yet as the Equality Act heads to the Senate after winning House approval, its prospects seem bleak — to a large extent because of opposition...

Southern Baptists oust 2 churches over LGBTQ inclusion

Feb. 23, 2021 21:57 PM EST

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 convicted of sex offenses. The actions were announced at a meeting marked by...

Tithes rise during COVID, defying church collapse worries

Feb. 21, 2021 00:03 AM EST

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — As the pandemic hit, Pastor Ennis Fant, like thousands of his fellow clergy, worried it would be the end of his church. “We always operate on thin margins, any little snag would be cataclysmic,” said Fant, who leads a small Powdersville...

Southern Baptists divided over politics, race, LGBTQ policy

Feb. 20, 2021 09:01 AM EST

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 week. On the agenda are two items reflecting those divisions: A...