Why SBC Churches Deserve Financial Transparency ASAP: Rhett Burns on His 990 Amendment

In Today’s episode of the CBL Podcast, William Wolfe sits down with Rhett Burns, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Travelers Rest, South Carolina, to discuss Rhett’s financial transparency amendment before the Southern Baptist Convention. The amendment would require SBC entities to disclose information similar to an IRS Form 990. Rhett and William unpack objections to the amendment and emphasize the importance of rebuilding trust through transparency.

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Rhett began serving FBC Travelers Rest as senior pastor in July 2022. Prior to joining FBCTR, Rhett served as an associate pastor at a nearby church, and before that he and his family lived in Turkey, where he worked as a football coach, teacher, and freelance writer.  A native of Greenville, Rhett previously worked as a high school football and basketball coach at Blue Ridge and Wade Hampton High Schools and as Director of Sports Information and NCAA Compliance at North Greenville University. He is a two-time graduate of North Greenville and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rhett and Shannon were married in December 2007. They have four children. Rhett is the author of two books: Run Like a Stallion: How American Football Explains Turkey and The New People Next Door: Learning to Love Your Cross-Cultural Neighbors.

Learn more about Pastor Rhett Burns’ work: https://www.trfirst.org/rhett-burns


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