About the ERLC
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention. The ERLC is dedicated to engaging the culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ and speaking to issues in the public square for the protection of religious liberty and human flourishing. Our vision can be summed up in three words: kingdom, culture and mission.
Since its inception, the ERLC has been defined around a holistic vision of the kingdom of God, leading the culture to change within the church itself and then as the church addresses the world.
With offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C., the ERLC’s impact stretches from homes across the nation to Capitol Hill.
THE ETHICS & RELIGIOUS LIBERTY COMMISSION
of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC)
Ministry Statement Approved (by the SBC) June 1997
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission exists to assist the churches by helping them understand the moral demands of the gospel, apply Christian principles to moral and social problems and questions of public policy, and to promote religious liberty in cooperation with the churches and other Southern Baptist entities.
1. ASSIST CHURCHES IN APPLYING THE MORAL AND ETHICAL TEACHINGS OF THE BIBLE TO THE CHRISTIAN LIFE.
Provide research, information resources, consultation, and counsel to denominational entities, churches and individuals with regard to the application of Christian principles in everyday living and the nation’s public life.
2. ASSIST CHURCHES THROUGH THE COMMUNICATION AND ADVOCACY OF MORAL AND ETHICAL CONCERNS IN THE PUBLIC ARENA.
Represent Southern Baptists in communicating the ethical positions of the Southern Baptist Convention to the public and to public officials.
3. ASSIST CHURCHES IN THEIR MORAL WITNESS IN LOCAL COMMUNITIES.
Provide information resources that inform and equip churches for active moral witness in their communities.
4. ASSIST CHURCHES AND OTHER SOUTHERN BAPTIST ENTITIES BY PROMOTING RELIGIOUS LIBERTY.
Provide information and counsel to denominational entities, churches, and individuals regarding appropriate responses to religious liberty concerns; represent Southern Baptists in communicating the positions of the Southern Baptist Convention on religious liberty issues to the public and to public officials.
The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will work within the Southern Baptist Convention agency relationship guidelines approved by the Inter-Agency Council and the Executive Committee and printed in the Organization Manual of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Ministry Vision: Kingdom, Culture, Mission
In September of 2013, the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission unveiled a new logo. This marks the first time the ERLC has revamped its branding since the 1990s. Since the release, there have been numerous questions about the symbolism and significance of the logo.
Executive Vice President Phillip Bethancourt explains.