The Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has introduced its new Leadership Network Council.
The 40 Southern Baptist pastors and leaders announced Thursday (Jan. 15) will serve as the advisory council for the entity’s Leadership Network in 2015. The ERLC unveiled the network and its first advisory council last January. Most members of the council serve for one year.
The Leadership Network is open to men and women who seek to identify with the ERLC’s Gospel-focused approach to cultural issues in their roles as pastors, leaders or lay people.
Council members — all of whom are serving or have served in pastoral ministry — will receive equipping from the ERLC staff and give guidance to the network. They also may provide content for the entity’s website.
ERLC President Russell Moore described the council as “one of the most beneficial initiatives of 2014.”
“It provided us a chance to invest in a strategic group of key leaders,” he said in a written release. “But it also allowed us to get reporting from the front lines of ministry about ethical issues cropping up in communities around the country.”
He is elated to welcome the new council members, Moore said, “in order to equip them to apply the Gospel to the cultural and ethical issues they face in ministry every day.”
Fred Luter, the SBC’s first African-American president and pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, La., is one of the new council members.
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SOURCE: Baptist Press