Test of whether Southern Baptist–related colleges can be independently run
Dec 11, 2007
In the latest test of whether Southern Baptist–related colleges can be independently run, Tennessee state Baptists have reached an agreement to drop their lawsuit to regain control of the 4,800-student Belmont University in Nashville.
The United Methodists gather as a legislating body only every four years, but officials say the General Conference is becoming so costly that they are thinking about new ways to function as an increasingly global church.
Mark Lawrence, formerly of San Joaquin, California
Dec 11, 2007
The Episcopal Church has approved the election of a conservative priest as bishop of South Carolina—one year after officials nullified his election amid fears that he would lead the diocese to secede from the national church.
Mark Lawrence, 56, formerly a priest in the traditionalist diocese of San Joaquin, California, has twice been elected bishop of South Carolina.
The Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting narrowly elected the state body’s first female president and continued a two-decade trend of choosing officers endorsed by the moderate Texas Baptists Committed organization.
Joy Fenner, 70, of Garland, Texas, a former missionary to Japan and incumbent BGCT first vice president, was elected 900-840 over pastor David Lowrie.