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  • 'Neighboring': Making disciples on Montana's range

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (17 days ago)

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    MILES CITY, Mont. (BP) -- Launching laity-led Bible studies at his Miles City, Mont., pastorate and at far-flung ranches on the state's eastern range are among Jeff Cahill's goals.

    "Eastern Montana is so sparsely populated that we can't expect to start a traditional church with a building, pastor and budget," Cahill, pastor of Valley Community Church, told Baptist Press. "The way it works out here, these ranches trade work back and forth. We call it 'neighboring.'"

    The Cooperative Program is another way of neighboring, said Cahill, whose pastorate draws about 60 worshippers on Sunday mornings. Working with the nation's other Southern Baptist churches in missions and ministries across North America and throughout the world, "we can join together to do things we couldn't do apart," Cahill said. Read More

  • Nat'l CP 2.59% ahead of projection

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (17 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 2.59 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection, and 0.01 percent above contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from D. August Boto, SBC Executive Committee interim president and executive vice president for convention policy. Read More

  • 'A powerful tool': 2018 SBC Annual available online

    by David Roach, posted Friday, August 10, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The 2018 Southern Baptist Convention Annual has been posted online, with hard copies available for order.

    The Annual is a comprehensive collection of reports, budgets and proceedings from the June 12-13 SBC annual meeting in Dallas as well as a compilation of historical data and reports from convention entities.

    Among the data available in this year's Annual: Read More

  • Prayer, tithing, missions strengthen Okla. church

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, August 03, 2018 (one month ago)

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    BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (BP) -- Valuing prayer, tithing and missions, First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow, Okla., led 20 mission trips last year alone and has helped plant more than 60 churches in the past decade.

    At the heart of its outreach is First Baptist Broken Arrow's support of the Cooperative Program, giving 10 percent of the congregation's undesignated gifts while supporting a $16.5 million, 142-acre campus debt-free, according to senior pastor Nick Garland.

    "This church has always been a missions-minded people," Garland said. He has led for 31 years the church that began in 1904 with nine people meeting in a railroad car. Today, the church draws 2,800 to Sunday morning worship and is on track to give more than $1 million to missions this year. Read More

  • Nat'l CP 3.06% ahead of projection

    by Staff, posted Friday, August 03, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 3.06 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection and 0.36 percent below contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from D. August Boto, SBC Executive Committee interim president and executive vice president for convention policy.

    The total includes receipts from state conventions and fellowships, churches and individuals for distribution according to the 2017-18 SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget. Read More

  • Dripping Springs primed to reach sprawling Austin

    by Erin Roach, posted Monday, July 16, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (BP) -- First Baptist Church in Dripping Springs was about 20 miles from Austin when it was founded in 1875 in a community of about 200 people. But Austin's vast growth has reached Dripping Springs, and the church is positioned to reach the 35,000 living there now.

    Dripping Springs' population is projected to double in the next eight years, pastor Matthew Nance said. To address that growth, First Baptist is working to become a multigenerational congregation with emphases on ministry to Hispanic immigrants and on meeting practical needs in the community. Read More

  • Year-to-date nat'l CP 3.74% ahead of projection

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, July 03, 2018 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 3.74 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection, and are 0.53 percent below contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from D. August Boto, SBC Executive Committee interim president and executive vice president for convention policy. The total includes receipts from state conventions and fellowships, churches and individuals for distribution according to the 2017-2018 SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget. Read More

  • 'Thankful to be part of what God is doing' with CP

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, July 03, 2018 (2 months ago)

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    WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (BP) -- Central Baptist Church's mission, rather than location, is reflected in it name.

    The church of about 900 Sunday worshipers spreads out from its 150-acre campus southwest of Warner Robins, Ga., to the ends of the earth through gifts to the Southern Baptist Cooperative Program.

    Stephen Byrd pastors the church that includes Robins Air Force Base Air Force personnel and their families, some of whom may live in the community only temporarily.

    "We get a lot of great couples here for a while and then send them back out," Byrd told Baptist Press. "The Lord blesses us to be with them, serve with them, worship with them, shepherd them, and then we send them out around the world. We pray with them their last Sunday and they take the Gospel to the four corners of the world." Read More

  • Evangelism, tithing crucial, EC leader Boto tells SBC

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    DALLAS (BP) -- Personal evangelism and tithing are imperative for reversing declines in key Southern Baptist Convention metrics, SBC Executive Committee Interim President D. August Boto told messengers June 12.

    Key statistics including top-enrollment seminaries and the largest Protestant membership in the U.S. can camouflage less favorable trends such as declining baptisms and a sharp dip in personal giving, Boto said. Read More

  • Nat'l Cooperative Program 3.59% ahead of projection

    by BP Staff, posted Monday, June 04, 2018 (3 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 3.59 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection and 1.54 percent above contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from D. August Boto, SBC Executive Committee interim president and executive vice president for convention policy. The total includes receipts from state conventions and fellowships, churches and individuals for distribution according to the 2017-18 SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget. Read More