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The latest chapter in the nearly 12-year legal saga among Missouri Baptists ended Tuesday with another stinging defeat for the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC). A unanimous three-judge ruling from the Southern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals against the MBC focused on rules broken by the MBC’s attorneys. The appellate court defeat for the […] Read More

Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) officials finally admitted to a lawsuit settlement that they failed to report to members after more than eight months of secrecy. The admission followed an exposé on Monday detailing the settlement. MBC’s admission was couched in inaccurate attacks on Late last fall, the estate of the late businessman William […] Read More

Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) officials quietly settled last year a lawsuit, agreeing to pay $500,000 to the estate of a deceased businessman. The settlement represents another chapter in a long list of legal defeats in the MBC’s 11-year legal fight against Missouri Baptist ministry organizations that left the MBC’s control. According to legal documents obtained […] Read More

When Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson steps to the podium this afternoon at the annual meeting of the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC), his presence will represent a contradiction both for him and the organization. Patterson has publicly denounced Christians suing one another as violating Scripture, but he privately told Missouri Baptist leaders they […] Read More

Throughout the Missouri Baptist Convention’s six-year legal battle against five Baptist agencies, convention leaders frequently promised that no Cooperative Program money would be used to fund the lawsuits. However, an analysis of the MBC’s audit reports indicates that more than $1.5 million dollars of CP money—given by MBC churches to sustain various ministries and missions […] Read More

An appeals court ruled against the Missouri Baptist Convention Tuesday in the MBC’s six-year legal battle against five state ministry organizations. The Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals released a 3-0 decision in favor of Windermere Baptist Conference Center. The decision affirmed the March 2008 circuit court ruling in favor of Windermere. Judge […] Read More

A Missouri businessman is seeking $10 million in damages from leaders of the state’s Southern Baptists, money he claims he lost because of efforts by the Missouri Baptist Convention to block him from developing property he legally purchased in 2006. William Jester bought 943 acres adjacent to Windermere Baptist Conference Center at Lake of the […] Read More

While suing to determine who legally owns Windermere Baptist Conference Center, leaders of the Missouri Baptist Convention have tried to harm the camp by dissuading groups and speakers from attending, interfering in development of facilities and spreading false rumors, Windermere trustees have charged. Windermere is one of five former convention entities to file legal documents […] Read More