National CP YTD 1.13% over projection
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are $174,276,734.99, or 1.13 percent above the year-to-date budgeted goal, and are 1.42 percent ahead of contributions received during the same time frame last year, a news release from SBC Executive Committee President Frank S. Page reported. The total includes receipts from state conventions and fellowships, churches and individuals for distribution, according to the 2014-15 SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget. Read More
Dying church revitalized, called 'a Lazarus story'EASLEY, S.C. (BP) -- When its copier was repossessed, Powdersville First Baptist Church believed the end was near.
The remaining members drew up papers turning the church's property over to the next-door neighbors. Former members heard the news and started returning, praying for God's direction. That was nine years ago. Read More
New book showcases Baptist historyNASHVILLE (BP) -- Three Baptist history scholars were not completely satisfied with the textbook options in their field, so they decided to write their own.
In "The Baptist Story," Michael Haykin, Nathan Finn and Anthony Chute sought to produce a more narrative story that spans four centuries of Baptist history of this diverse group, but is approachable for students and laypeople. Read More
100-plus turn to Christ at college Bible conferenceCEDARVILLE, Ohio (BP) -- More than 100 students made professions of faith in Christ during Cedarville University's annual Fall Bible Conference. Another 90-plus students responded to a call to full-time ministry.
"We praise God that each of these students responded in faith, moving forward toward what they felt God wanted them to do," said Thomas White, president of Cedarville in southwest Ohio. "It was an amazing week, and we are praying that it is only the beginning of even more spiritual awakening." Read More
Declining church morphs into 4 new congregationsHIGH POINT, N.C. (BP) -- Albertson Road Baptist Church was once a strong congregation, drawing members from around south High Point to its building, located not far off U.S. 29. But in more recent years, the church was ailing as local factories closed. Many white residents moved away and many Hispanics and Asians moved in.
"We wanted to reach them but we didn't speak Spanish," recalled Debbie Ford, an member of the North Carolina church for about 30 years. Read More
Stress & ministry focus of new studyNASHVILLE (BP) -- Though pastors are stressed about money and overwhelming ministry demands, only one percent abandon the pulpit each year, LifeWay Research finds.
LifeWay Research surveyed 1,500 pastors of evangelical and historically black churches and found an estimated 13 percent of senior pastors in 2005 had left the pastorate 10 years later for reasons other than death or retirement. The study, released today (Sept. 1), was gathered from a survey conducted March 5-18. Read More