More So. Baptists embracing alternate ‘Great Commission Baptists’ name in wake of racial unrest

"The alternate name, which was approved for use by SBC messengers in 2012 'as one fully in keeping with our Southern Baptist Convention identity,' has been drawing a lot of interest from church leaders around the country in recent weeks" - CPost

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New hiring guide to help churches prevent abuse (it's free)

"A manual providing guidance on hiring staff members and selecting volunteers is the latest Southern Baptist resource designed to help churches prevent sexual abuse.... The free guide, which is available at, describes itself as 'a first step for church leaders on what to consider' when seeking, screening and choosing staff or volunteers." - BPNews

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So. Baptists defend outgoing Exec. Committee chairman amid racism accusations, bylaws dispute

"Southern Baptist leaders are defending their outgoing Executive Committee chairman, who was tarred as a racist on social media following a misunderstanding over how officers are appointed to the committee." - CPost

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In historic election, SBC Executive Committee elects first African American chair

"Rolland Slade, pastor of Meridian Baptist Church in El Cajon, Calif., was unopposed as EC chair and was unanimously elected by ballot vote. Outgoing chair Mike Stone called for a ballot vote, he said, to mark the historic moment." - BPNews

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