By / Mar 2

The Southern Baptist Convention is made up of more than 45,000 churches that support entities like the ERLC through the Cooperative Program. While our ministry assignment is centered on public policy and equipping the church, we get the privilege of partnering with Lifeway in our effort to equip the church to handle complex issues of our day. Lifeway is the publishing arm of the SBC and a great resource for us. Here are just some of the resources we have partnered with Lifeway on over the years:

Gospel for Life Series

The Gospel for Life series gives every believer a biblically saturated understanding of the most urgent issues facing our culture. There are nine short books in the series ranging from issues on marriage, homosexuality, abortion, and pornography. We believe these book will help pastors and other leaders at any level of experience to understand the nuances of tough cultural issues. 

Christ-Centered Parenting

Being a parent in today’s world requires an ability to answer some really difficult questions. This curriculum is set up for small groups but can also be done as an individual or married couple. Designed to help you lead your children and teens in a confident and responsible way, this six-session handbook will equip you to address topics children of all ages face, including:

  • Gender issues
  • Suicide, depression, and anxiety
  • Pornography
  • Addiction and coping mechanisms
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Singleness, dating, marriage, and divorce
  • Technology

The Church and the Racial Divide

In light of racial tension in America, many Christian leaders are talking earnestly about racial reconciliation. Many pastors and lay leaders look at the growing tensions in our churches and wonder how they can be a healing force in our culture. The problem is they don’t know where to begin. The average evangelical Christian may not understand why racial reconciliation is a gospel imperative. The average pastor may not know how to pursue it.

This resource features video teaching from key leaders discussing race, culture, and the gospel. Using these evangelical voices and Bible study, participants will learn about racial reconciliation and be equipped to be part of the solution.

Religious Liberty: How the Gospel Shapes our First Freedom

What if the freedom to practice our faith were taken away? What if we had to decide whether to follow either the rule of our country or our God-given conscience? Religious liberty has protected Christians in America from having to answer these questions, but that may not always be the case.

Religious Liberty: How the Gospel Shapes Our First Freedom articulates what the Bible teaches about religious liberty through an overarching biblical theology. Religious liberty is rooted in the kingdom of God and the storyline of Scripture. And it’s integral to our understanding of the church’s mission.

By / Jan 29

In this episode, Josh, Brent, Julie, and Meagan discuss GameStop, how the economy is similar to that of WWII, social channels cracking down on political ads, the status of former President Trump’s possible impeachment, the CDC’s recommendation for schools, Israel leading in vaccinations, Lifeway selling their building, and Super Bowl commercials. Julie also gives a rundown of some of the ERLC’s most popular content from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram this week. 

About Julie

Julie Masson serves as Director of External Engagement for the ERLC. She is responsible for strategic planning, development and implementation of the ERLC brand strategy across all ERLC departments and provides leadership and oversight for the ERLC marketing team as well as coordinating external affairs and partnership deliverables. Julie and her husband Jesse spent two years in Spain with the International Mission Board before moving to Kansas City where they live with their three children. She is a graduate of Iowa State University. You can connect with her on Twitter: @juliermasson

ERLC Content


  1. Worst economy since WWII
  2. GamesStop goes Gangbusters
  3. Big Tech bolts politics
  4. Google pausing all political ads following Capitol siege
  5. All the platforms that have banned or restricted Trump so far
  6. Early Procedural Test Shows Where Senate GOP May Stand On Convicting Trump
  7. CDC makes case for schools reopening
  8. January deadliest month for Covid
  9. Israel leads in global race to vaccinate
  10. Lifeway building under contract, transitions to new work environment
  11. IMB partners with 140 international Baptist conventions in fulfilling Great Commission
  12. Budweiser won’t run a commercial during the Super Bowl for the first time in 37 years.


 Connect with us on Twitter


  • A Parent’s Guide to Teaching Your Children About Gender: by Jared Kennedy. This short book walks through six conversation topics designed to help you apply the truth and hope of the gospel to the complex issue of gender. 
  • Stand for Life: At the ERLC, we stand for life. Our work to save preborn babies and care for the vulnerable is vital to our work. Believing that abortion can end in our lifetime, will you join us as we STAND FOR LIFE?
By / Jul 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 2, 2015The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission has partnered with “Ministry Grid,”: the online video-training platform of LifeWay Christian Resources, to provide exclusive video training for pastors and church leaders on important moral and ethical issues.

Ministry Grid is a customizable subscription platform for churches of any size that offers simple and effective training pathways for churches.

ERLC currently offers courses in sexual ethics and racial reconciliation, but will continue to add courses in other areas, such as bioethics and cultural engagement. Each class offers a customized suite of short training videos featuring well-known Christian leaders, such as Russell Moore, Jim Daly, Tony Evans, JD Greear, David Platt, Trillia Newbell, Jani Ortland, Dennis Rainey and others. A full list of the courses available are located online.

Churches that sign up for this new training from ERLC will will receive a free, six-month trial for Ministry Grid.

Ministry Grid is a world-class training platform that allows us to help churches train their people to deal with difficult moral and ethical issues in a shifting culture, said Daniel Darling, the ERLCs Vice President of Communications. We envision this as a tool used by churches large and small. Its a low-cost, high-value way to bring this kind of staff development to churches and ministries.

Available training pathways include courses on sexual ethics in the church and racial reconciliation. The ERLC plans to create training on other cultural issues in the future. We are working on content related to pro-life ethics, the gospel and politics, faith, work and economics and other issues, said Darling.

Todd Adkins, Director of Leadership Development for LifeWay Christian Resources, also commented on the Ministry Grid partnership.

We are excited about our ongoing relationship with the Ethics & Religious Liberties Commission to provide church leaders with the most up to date training on the most pressing current issues facing churches.

For more information about how to receive these Ministry Grid resources visit the “web.”:

The Southern Baptist Convention is Americas largest Protestant denomination with more than 15.8 million members in over 46,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBCs ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.

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