B21 Guide to SBC 2024

B21 has you covered for all things related to the 2024 SBC Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. Note: Our B21 Panel will run the morning of June 11th at the Indiana Roof Ballroom with doors opening at 6:30AM. This event is SOLD OUT.

Start Well, Stay Well, Finish Well with GuideStone at the SBC

Gathering together for the SBC Annual Meeting is our big family reunion.  And like any good family reunion, we give hugs to those we love and pick up right where we left off. We extend cheery welcomes to the newest family members, explaining all the quirks of certain personalities and traditions. And, of course, we’ll be praying for our time …

5 Reasons Why Pastors Should Consider Pursuing a Doctor of Ministry

Matthew D. Haste  At the close of each academic year, the six seminaries of the Southern Baptist Convention confer degrees upon hundreds of graduates, including dozens who receive a Doctor of Ministry. Most of these DMin graduates will take their new diploma home, perhaps hang it on an office wall, and then get back to work doing the same ministry …

What Being a “Minister for Tax Purposes” Really Means

By Seth Hawkins As a minister, you have a unique calling in your life. You also have a unique status under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, and with this status are some unique options and rules to consider when it comes to tax time. Just because a congregation designates someone as a minister does not mean that person is automatically …

Our Noble Widows: Mission:Dignity® Answers the Call 

Join Us in Honoring Mission:Dignity Recipients This SummerDr. Aaron Meraz, Director of Mission:Dignity at GuideStone® Both the Old and New Testaments speak to the responsibility of the church to care for widows in need, none plainer than what we read in James 1:27 (CSB): “Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in …

A Plea for A Confessional Convention

Written by Ben Lacey NOTE: This is an opinion piece from Pastor Ben Lacey about the role of the BFM2000 in the SBC. B21 believes this to be an important conversation and will likely have an article from a differing point of view as well. What does the SBC need right now? Clarity. Why? Because as a friend of mine …

3 Ethical Considerations: How to Choose a Health Plan Without Compromise

By Nadeena Kersey, GuideStone Chief Insurance Officer When evaluating how to choose a health plan, some questions automatically come to mind about costs, deductibles, networks and prescription medication coverage. After all, these factors directly affect your wallet and access to the medical care you need. However, have you ever considered that just as important are the Christian ethics in this …

Property Preservation and Stewardship: A Christian Approach to Church Risk Management 

By Nadeena Kersey, GuideStone Chief Insurance Officer Planning events, preparing sermons, meeting with members, recruiting volunteers, paying staff and scheduling building maintenance — these activities are likely a familiar part of your day-to-day tasks. Daily duties can become so routine that it’s easy to lose sight of potential risk exposure that could damage your ministry without the protection of church risk management.  …

The hopeful future of theological education

By Dr. Jonathan SixTheological education is at a point of transition. Some have even called it a crisis. Delivery methods have changed, educational approaches are ever evolving, and seminaries and divinity schools find themselves in some of the most challenging days. In addition to the rise of online learning, the general reluctance for traditional educational practices creates intimidating challenges for …

Baptist21’s Guide to SBC 2023

B21 has you covered for all things related to the SBC Annual Meeting in New Orleans.  Note: Our B21 Lunch Panel will run at the lunch break of the SBC Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 13th from 12PM – 2PM. This event will be held in the The Sugar Mill directly across from the Convention Center. Tickets for this event are …