Live updates from Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting Tuesday

ANAHEIM, Calif. — With lots of drama and heavy decisions expected, Southern Baptists gathered Tuesday morning for the first official day of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting. 

Highly anticipated events include a vote on sexual abuse reform recommendations and the election of the next SBC president. About 8,500 voting delegates, called messengers, are expected. 

The decisions reached Tuesday will signal how the country’s largest Protestant denomination feels it should respond to a shocking report from Guidepost Solutions detailing how SBC leaders have handled widespread sexual abuse for the past two decades.

Members of the convention vote to approve the policy initiatives for how the SBC can respond to and prevent sexual abuse, during the Southern Baptist Convention in Anaheim, California on June 14, 2022. (Photo by John McCoy)

Similarly, the result of the presidential election will mark the political leanings of the majority of the messenger body. Tom Ascol, a Florida pastor, is considered the more conservative candidate and is backed by the Conservative Baptist Network. The other leading announced nominee, Bart Barber, a pastor from Texas, is considered less conservative than Ascol on some issues. 

Robin Hadaway, a professor with Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, is another announced nominee for SBC president. Additional people may be nominated from the floor.

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