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Lottie Moon Offering: celebration & challenge
J.D. Greear calls Southern Baptists to seek more than we've "asked or imagined" for global outreach through the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Read More
Ohio Baptists add a day for family Bible conferenceSANDUSKY, Ohio (BP) -- A first-ever Bible Conference on the Family sponsored by the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio preceded the convention's annual meeting in Sandusky.
The Nov. 6 sessions led by Geoff & Sherry Surratt of Ministry Together aimed to minister to all families, especially those of pastors and church staff.
On Nov. 7, SCBO president David Starry, lead pastor of First Light Church in the Dayton area, gaveled the convention's 65th annual meeting to order at the Kalahari Convention Center. Carl and Heather Cartee provided music for both meetings. Read More
Nat'l CP 2.47% under YTD budget projectionNASHVILLE (BP) -- Contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee in November were 2.47 percent below the projected budget for the first two months of the current fiscal year. And they were 4.47 percent above the amount received during the same period last year according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee Interim President and Executive Vice President D. August Boto. Read More
CP undergirds church's vision for 'Living Beyond Us'BOLIVAR, Mo. (BP) -- For seven decades, First Baptist Church in Bolivar, Mo., has given at least 10 percent of its undesignated offerings to missions through the Cooperative Program.
"We believe in the vision of those 1925 Southern Baptists," pastor Billy Russell said of those who created the SBC's channel of cooperative missions and ministry more than 90 years ago.
"We're better together. We can do more together in Gospel work around the world," said Russell, who has led First Baptist for 13 years and was on staff for the six years before that.
First Baptist, with about 850 in four Sunday morning worship services, meanwhile has added four buildings to its original structure two blocks off the town square. Read More
WWI missions, theology legacies rememberedNASHVILLE (BP) -- Baptist minister C.C. Davison encountered recently drafted soldier Grover Cleaver Sept. 12, 1918, on the back steps of an Army mess hall. Grover appeared dejected over the telegram announcing his mother's death. Sitting on the steps, Davison wrote in Arkansas' Baptist Advance newsjournal, "I marked for him a tract furnished by our Sunday School Board" and "led him to the Savior." A month later, Cleaver was dead.
"What if there had been no Baptist war worker?" Davison asked. Read More
National CP 10.59% under 1st month projectionNASHVILLE (BP) -- Contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee in October were 4.37 percent below last year's opening month of the convention's fiscal year and 10.59 percent below the projected budget for the first month, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee Interim President and Executive Vice President D. August Boto.
As of Oct. 31, gifts received by the Executive Committee for distribution through the CP Allocation Budget totaled $14,454,637.36, or $660,003.72 below the $15,114,641.08 received in October 2017. The October total is $1,712,029.31 below the $16,166,666.67 monthly allocation budget projection to support Southern Baptist ministries globally and across North America. Read More
Cooperative Program lifts church's core commitmentsHARRISON, Ark. (BP) -- Above-and-beyond giving at Union Baptist Church caused Bill Melton to wonder.
"As the new pastor coming in who has never seen this kind of percentage giving [to Southern Baptist causes], I had to ask, Does that kind of giving hurt 'this' or 'this'?" Melton recalled.
"It doesn't hurt anything! It helps everything."
Union Baptist has given 25 percent of its undesignated offerings to missions for many years through the Cooperative Program, the way Southern Baptists work together in state, national and international endeavors. Read More
Rudy Fagan, 20-year SBC stewardship leader, diesMURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BP) -- A. Rudolph (Rudy) Fagan, who led the former Stewardship Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention for 20 years, died Wednesday (Oct. 3) in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was 88.
Fagan served as president of the Stewardship Commission from 1974 until his retirement in 1994.
The Stewardship Commission, which was closed in the SBC's Covenant for a New Century restructuring in the mid-1990s, was the convention's primary advocate for the Cooperative Program channel of support for state, national and international missions and ministry. It also assisted churches in capital campaigns as they built new facilities. The commission's duties were moved to the SBC Executive Committee and LifeWay Christian Resources (then Sunday School Board) under the SBC restructuring. Read More
Alaskans embrace 'Vision Plan for a New Tomorrow'WASILLA, Alaska (BP) -- An Alaska Baptist Convention "Vision Plan for a New Tomorrow" was approved by messengers at the ABC's 73rd annual meeting, Sept. 25-26 at First Baptist Church in Wasilla.
Sweeping changes include a decrease in Cooperative Program giving from 37 percent to 20 percent to Southern Baptist Convention causes; a restructuring from four associations to six regions; and a potential name change.
"This came out of discussions at Executive Board meetings," said Randy Covington, executive director/treasurer of the Alaska Baptist Convention since 2016, about the CP decrease. "If we're going to reach our state for Christ, we're going to have to keep more money at home. Read More
National CP ends fiscal year 2.63% over goalNASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention ended its fiscal year $5,044,828.14 over its 2017–2018 budgeted goal and $101,902.94 under the previous year's Cooperative Program Allocation Budget gifts, according D. August Boto, SBC Executive Committee interim president and executive vice president for convention policy.
The total includes CP receipts from state conventions and gifts from churches and individuals for distribution according to the 2017-18 SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget. Read More