SBC FAQs: A Ready Reference

SBC FAQs: A Ready Reference

by Keith Harper, Amy Whitfield


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SBC FAQs provides a general overview of the Southern Baptist Convention in the format of frequently asked questions. Covering details of basic history, polity structure, entity functions and more, this ready reference seeks to answer the most common inquiries about how America’s largest Protestant denomination functions. The topics range from the founding of the SBC to how officers and committees work, what individual entities do, movements in modern denominational history, common terminology, and more. It is designed for first-time messengers and longtime messengers to the SBC Annual Meeting, as well as students, church members, and those in full-time ministry. Whether one is new to the denominational family and wants to learn the big picture or a lifelong Southern Baptist who wants to refresh his or her knowledge about a specific detail, SBC FAQs offers clear and concise explanations. Cooperation begins with an informed commitment to participation. This resource will not only help readers find information, but also inspire them to find their place in the process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462748433
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2018
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Keith Harper is Senior Professor of Baptist Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. 

Amy Whitfield is Director of Communications at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. 

Table of Contents

Preface xiii

Part 1 FAQs 1

What is the Southern Baptist Convention? 3

How did the Southern Baptist Convention begin? 3

What is a convention, and how does it work? 5

Who are the messengers? 6

What determines if a church cooperates with the SBC? 7

What is the relationship between the Convention and the churches? 9

Who governs the Southern Baptist Convention? 11

What do the messengers do when they gather? 11

What does the Southern Baptist Convention president do? 13

What is the role of the other officers of the Southern Baptist Convention? 14

What does the Executive Committee do? 15

What is the difference between the SBC president and the Executive Committee president? 17

What is the Cooperative Program? 17

What is Great Commission Giving? 19

How are the categories of the Cooperative Program and Great Commission Giving reported? 21

How many Southern Baptist entities are there? 22

What is the International Mission Board? 23

What is the North American Mission Board? 24

How does LifeWay Christian Resources relate to the SBC? 26

How does GuideStone Financial Resources relate to the SBC? 27

What are our seminaries, and why do we have six? 28

What is the role of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission? 30

What is the Woman's Missionary Union? 32

How are entities governed? 33

What are committees, and how do they function? 34

What is the role of journalism in Baptist life? 37

What is the relationship between the SBC and state conventions? 38

What is the relationship between the SBC and local associations? 40

What is the relationship between the SBC and other Baptist denominations? 40

In the SBC Annual Meeting, what are motions and resolutions? 41

Why do we have a business meeting every year? 43

How do states gain representation on boards and committees? 45

What was the Conservative Resurgence? 47

What was the Great Commission Resurgence? 48

Who is Lottie Moon? 49

Who is Annie Armstrong? 51

What is the Baptist Faith and Message? 52

Part 2 Guiding SBC Documents 53

Southern Baptist Convention Charter 55

Southern Baptist Convention Constitution 57

Southern Baptist Convention Bylaws 67

Business and Financial Plan of the Southern Baptist Convention 101

Baptist Faith and Message 117

Appendix A Southern Baptist Convention Presidents 135

Appendix B Cooperative Program Allocations by State 141

Appendix C Report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force 149

Notes 189


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