Official SBC Institutional Entities and Statements on Abuse

SUMMARY: The SBC Entities page describes their overall system thus: “The Southern Baptist Convention conducts its work throughout the year through eleven ministry entities, the SBC Executive Committee (which serves as ‘the fiduciary, the fiscal, and executive entity of the Convention’), and an auxiliary called Woman’s Missionary Union.” This page compiles key details for researching each of those entities, plus the SBC State Conventions and Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders.

Details/links included for each: nonprofit corporation’s legal name, address, webpage on the SBC site, entity website, EIN (unique Employer Identification Number issued by the IRS to a 501c3 non-profit corporation), ProPublica profile page (which links to required Forms 990s), and any recent official statement(s) regarding sexual abuse issue. Accrediting agencies are included for the six SBC seminaries.

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SOURCE NOTES: The legal names and addresses of corporations related to the Southern Baptist Convention come from the SBC website page on Legal Names. Other relevant details come from public records such as required IRS forms, ProPublica research database for non-profit corporations, and accrediting agency websites in the case of SBC seminaries.

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Notes

A one-paragraph description for each institutional arm can be found on the SBC Entities page. These provide helpful official summaries from the SBC institutional point of view for what each entity is, and what it does.

SBC Entities

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Reference List: SBC Entity Statements on Abuse Issues

For quick reference and comparison purposes, here is a list of official ministry statements on abuse provided by these entities, as of January 2020. (The links also appear under each entity’s section below.) For various training materials in print and videos produced by arms of the SBC, see the page on“Caring Well” Resources 2019. For more context to the timeline in which statements were issued, see the page on Year-by-Year Listing of News Items, Resources, and Responses. Lack of a link indicates no official statement known of, as of January 2020.

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The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention

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The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

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GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention

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The International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention

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LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention

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The North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Inc.

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Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention

(Formerly named Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.)

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Inc.

  • ADDRESS: 5001 North Oak Street Trafficway, Kansas City, MO 64118.
  • MBTS WEBSITE: MBTS.edu.
  • EIN: 44-0618839. MBTS ProPublica Profile Page.
  • ACCREDITING AGENCIES: Association of Theological Schools. MBTS ATS Page. The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. MBTS HLC Page.

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Inc.

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

The Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Woman’s Missionary Union, Auxiliary to Southern Baptist Convention

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SBC Church Search. (Note the disclaimers at the bottom of the search page.)

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