SBC This Week

Amy Whitfield & Jonathan Howe


A weekly news roundup from the Southern Baptist Convention as well as guest interviews.

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406 episodes

Thanksgiving & state annual meetings

With Thanksgiving upon us, Amy and Jonathan discuss the holiday, some state convention recaps, a rather large Thanksgiving celebration back in 1981, and one of the best scenes in West Wing lore.

Nov 26
Send Relief ministry center opens in Puerto Rico; Unify Project set to launch

While state convention recaps dominate this episode, there is much to celebrate with the opening of a new Send Relief center in Puerto Rico as well as the Jesus Film being translated into its 2,000th language by a Southern Baptist seminary student.

Nov 18
Churches are open, but attendance has not returned; State convention recaps aplenty

New research from Lifeway shows that while 100% of churches have reopened following the pandemic, only about 85% of attendees have returned. Also, state conventions are happening across the country and attendance at the meetings is on the rise.

Nov 11
Broadmoor responds to abuse case; Politics driving church affinity more than before

Broadmoor Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss., issued a response to a decades-old report of sexual abuse at the church. In doing so, they may have become the model for how to properly report older cases.

Nov 04
Southwestern announces staff reduction; Dove Award winners announced

Southwestern Seminary announced they had begun cutting staff in efforts to reduce seminary operating expenses by 10%. Also, winners of the annual Dove Awards were announced.

Oct 28
SWBTS trustees meet; State convention recaps

The trustees at Southwestern Seminary met for their regularly called meeting and covered a number of issues last week at the campus in Fort Worth. Also, state convention recaps continue this week.

Oct 21
Barber interviewed on 60 Minutes; SBDR serves 500K meals

SBC President Bart Barber was featured last week on the CBS news show 60 Minutes. Also, SBDR hit a milestone in its response to Hurricane Ian serving more than half a million meals in Florida.

Oct 14
LMCO & AAEO hit new records; CP tops $200 million

The International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board both announced record offerings. Also, giving through the National Cooperative Program Allocation Budget hit a 14-year high eclipsing $200 million for the first time since 2008.

Oct 07
SWBTS announces leadership plans; IMB trustees meet, commission 24 new missionaries

Several changes were announced that reversed some previous decisions by the trustees at Southwestern Seminary and the International Mission Board. Also, at the IMB's trustee meeting a huge announcement was made about the 2021-22 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering.

Sep 30
Greenway resigns at Southwestern; EC meeting recap

Southwestern Seminary announced that president Adam W. Greenway has resigned from his post. Also, the SBC Executive Committee met and got a lot of business done—and collected a couple of really big checks.

Sep 23
Leatherwood elected ERLC president; Carter joins Send Network team

The Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has a new permanent president in Brent Leatherwood. Also, Matt Carter has retired from pastoring to join the North American Mission Board

Sep 16
SBC23 hotel info released; Remembering Queen Elizabeth II

Hotel information for the 2023 SBC Annual Meeting has been released by the SBC Executive Committee. Also, Amy and Jonathan reminisce about the life and death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Sep 09
Tucker announces retirement; Chandler to take leave of absence

Arkansas state exec Sonny Tucker announced his retirement, and another state convention has a new exec chosen. Also, Texas pastor Matt Chandler is stepping away for a season at The Village Church.

Sep 02
SBC pastor pay report; SBC23 kickoff

A new study from Lifeway Research shows that while the cost of living has increased dramatically in the past few years, pay for Southern Baptist pastors has not followed suit. Also, a kickoff event was held this past week in New Orleans in preparation for the 2023 Annual Meeting and Pastors' Conference.

Aug 26
DOJ to investigate SBC; Baylor, BGCT relationship to be examined

The SBC Executive Committee announced last week that the United States Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the Convention regarding sexual abuse. Also, Baylor and the BGCT announced this week that they are reevaluating their relationship.

Aug 19
Barber names ARITF; Missionary scholarships increased

SBC president Bart Barber named the full Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force. Also, a pair of seminaries announced an increase in missionary scholarships to the schools.

Aug 12
ARITF chair, vice chair named; Barber, Keahbone highlight resolution on Native Americans

Marshall Blalock and Mike Keahbone will lead the soon-to-be-named ARITF for Southern Baptists. Also, Keahbone and SBC president Bart Barber participated in Indian Falls Creek this week and highlighted a resolution passed at SBC22.

Aug 05
ERLC president search winding down; Allen leaves Southwestern

The search team tasked with selecting the next president of the ERLC updated Southern Baptists on the process and their progress this week. Also, longtime SWBTS professor David Allen has left the seminary.

Jul 29
Washington joins NAMB for personal evangelism; Acts2 to stream state annual meetings

NAMB has a new director of personal evangelism, and your state convention annual meeting could be streamed this fall in the Acts2 app.

Jul 22
SEBTS to require sexual abuse prevention course; Resolution used to minister to Native Americans

Southeastern Seminary has implemented a new required course for all students in preventing sexual abuse and caring for survivors. Also, Mike Keahbone is ministering to other abuse victims thanks to a newly passed SBC resolution.

Jul 15
Pastors’ Conference theme, officers announced; Oklahoma summer camper dies

SBC Pastors' Conference president Daniel Dickard has announced who will serve as fellow officers as well as what the theme of the 2023 conference will be. Also, a camper at Falls Creek in Oklahoma lost his life after experiencing a cardiac event at the camp.

Jul 08
An interview with SBC president Bart Barber

New SBC president Bart Barber joins the show to discuss milkshakes, his process for and thoughts on selecting members of the ARITF, what gavel he might use next year, and so much more.

Jul 04
Send Relief establishes fund to support sexual abuse survivors; Louisiana church has 35-week baptism streak

Send Relief has officially established a sexual abuse survivor care fund for Southern Baptists to donate to, and a Louisiana church has baptized someone for 35 weeks in a row totalling 99 baptisms already in 2022.

Jul 01
Roe overturned by SCOTUS; EC search team seeks recommendations

Today was a monumental day for Southern Baptists and for all Americans as the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and ruled in favor of Dobbs. Also this week, the SBC Executive Committee President Search Team announced they are now accepting submissions.

Jun 24
SBC22 Recap Episode: Barber elected SBC President

SBC22 is in the rearview mirror, and Jonathan and Amy recap all the events of the week including the SBC presidential election, the resolutions passed in Anaheim, and Jonathan's big blunder of the week.

Jun 18
Send Relief to give $4 million to cover sexual abuse reform, care, and training

Send Relief announced its intent June 8 to give $3 million to fund the proposed Sexual Abuse Task Force (SATF) recommendations for sexual abuse reform, and an additional $1 million to establish a survivor care fund to provide trauma care for survivors and trauma training for pastors.

Jun 10
SBC22 preview episode

The 2022 SBC Annual Meeting is almost here. Get all the information you need for Anaheim. Amy and Jonathan cover the Pastors' Conference, the Annual Meeting, messenger information, ancillary events, and much more on this year's preview episode.

Jun 06
SATF proposes recommendations, EC amends budgets to provide funds

The SBC Sexual Abuse Task Force released its proposed recommendations that will be brought to the SBC Annual Meeting later this month. In response, the SBC Executive Committee amended budget proposals to provide funding for the recommendations.

Jun 03
SATF report released; Hunt out at NAMB

The Guidepost Solutions report into allegations of the SBC Executive Committee mishandling sexual abuse was released this week. In it was a bombshell allegation of sexual abuse by former NAMB vice president Johnny Hunt.

May 27
Send Conference returns; IMB appoints 56 missionaries

NAMB is bring the Send Conference back to Nashville in 2024, 2027 and 2030. Also, IMB has commissioned its latest crop of new missionaries.

May 20