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  • SBC goes 'before God in fasting' for entities

    by David Roach, posted Monday, October 08, 2018 (13 days ago)

    Photo by Doug Rogers.
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Churches, Southern Baptist Convention entities and Baptist state conventions have heeded SBC President J.D. Greear's call to pray and fast today (Oct. 8) for the five SBC entities seeking new presidents.

    "Thanks to all of you going before God in fasting and prayer with Psalm 67 for what God has for us!" Greear tweeted, referencing Psalm 67's call for God to "be gracious" to His people so His way of salvation would be known "among all nations."

    The five entities currently seeking presidents are the SBC Executive Committee, the ... Read More

  • Greear's call to pray for SBC entities embraced

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, October 03, 2018 (18 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear's call to pray and fast Oct. 8 for the presidential search committees at five SBC entities has been embraced by leaders of associations and state conventions.

    Meanwhile, some Baptists have drawn encouragement from God's faithfulness through previous periods of entity transition, including two previous occasions when five entities sought chief executives during the same year.

    The five entities currently seeking presidents are the SBC Executive Committee, the International Mission Board, LifeWay Christian Resources, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Read More

  • Greear's Sexual Abuse Advisory Study underway

    by David Roach, posted Friday, September 21, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear's Sexual Abuse Advisory Study is now "actively involved" in phase one of its two-year process, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission announced Sept. 19 following appropriation of $250,000 for the study by the SBC Executive Committee.

    The study will receive the first $250,000 of overage for the 2017-2018 Cooperative Program Allocation Budget, according to a Sept. 18 EC vote. Expenditures for the study will be administered by the ERLC, a partner with Greear in the initiative, and reimbursed by the EC on a quarterly basis. Read More

  • 'Gospel above all' motivates Greear agenda

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, September 18, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The supremacy of the Gospel will motivate J.D. Greear as he leads Southern Baptists to evangelize, plant churches and mobilize college students for the Kingdom, he told Southern Baptist executives Sept. 17 in Nashville.

    "It is the Gospel that is the source of our renewal, and it is the Gospel that should be our defining characteristic as a people," Greear said in his first presidential address to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee at its fall meeting. "(The Gospel) should be what people think about and talk about when they think and talk about us."

    Empowering cultural diversity, engaging the next generation in cooperative missions and preventing sexual abuse are also among his goals, said Greear, pastor of The Summit Church, in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Read More

  • J.D. Greear at NOBTS: Mobilize 'ordinary people'

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Friday, September 14, 2018 (one month ago)

    Photo by Chandler McCall/NOBTS
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- God's plan for reaching the world involves raising up and sending out "ordinary people" in the power of the Holy Spirit, Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear said at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Sept. 13.

    "The measure of success for any church ought not be its seating capacity" but "its sending capacity," Greear said during a chapel sermon drawn from Acts 7.

    Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and church leaders emphasize the sending out of "ordinary people" as an essential aspect of the call to follow Jesus. As a result, the church has sent out 1,016 people to 248 Summit-sponsored church plants and to other ministries. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A meeting of the hearts

    by Rick Lance, posted Tuesday, August 28, 2018 (one month ago)

    Rick Lance of the Alabama Baptist Convention believes "we were all on the same team" in a meeting led by J.D. Greear, the Southern Baptist Convention's new president. Read More

  • Greear to state execs: 'How may I serve you?'

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, August 22, 2018 (2 months ago)

    Photo by Todd Unzicker
    ATLANTA (BP) -- Agreements to "assume the best in one another" and that a "Gospel-above-all culture needs to prevail" in the Southern Baptist Convention were among the outcomes when SBC President J.D. Greear met Aug. 20 with 15 executive directors of Baptist state conventions.

    "The most basic principle in airline travel is that if you want someone there for the landing, they have to be there for the takeoff," Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., told Baptist Press in written comments. "These are the leaders who have been leading in the things before I became president and likely will be there leading after my term. I wanted to know how I could serve them, catalyze their efforts in evangelism and mobilization and bring cohesion to many of the wonderful things already going on throughout the SBC." Read More

  • Greear announces sexual abuse study group

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, July 26, 2018 (2 months ago)

    DURHAM, N.C. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has announced he will form a Sexual Abuse Presidential Study Group in partnership with the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    A release from Greear's office stated, "This presidential study group will consist of outside experts and Southern Baptist leaders who will advise Greear on issues related to sexual abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence and related subjects."

    Greear's office told Baptist Press the study group's members will be announced at a later date. It will be a "working study group" with "fluid" membership, including outside experts, denominational leaders and local church pastors, Greear's office stated. Read More

  • Kavanaugh nod nonpartisan, pro-Kingdom, Greear says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, July 13, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    DURHAM, N.C. (BP) -- Keeping the Southern Baptist Convention out of politics remains a goal of the SBC's president and vice presidents, J.D. Greear said in defending their endorsement of President Trump's justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

    "All three of us have a desire to keep the SBC out of politics, but we also want to speak with clarity in those places we feel like there is clarity," Greear said in a July 12 Facebook Live interview. "And when it came to potential justice Kavanaugh, here's somebody who has a history of standing for the sanctity ... Read More

  • Greear confronts SBC challenges in NPR interview

    by Grace Thornton, posted Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (3 months ago)

    BP file photo by Marc Ira Hooks
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Newly elected Southern Baptist Convention president J.D. Greear addressed topics ranging from the #MeToo crisis to politics and evangelicals in a recent interview with NPR, one of his first since taking the role.

    In a June 25 interview with Rachel Martin of NPR's Morning Edition, Greear said that even though evangelical Christians may appear to have a "restless conscience right now," that restlessness has the potential to usher in healthy self-evaluation and repentance. Read More