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SBC PHOENIX: registration total finalized, costs downPHOENIX (BP) -- Data compiled following the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix indicates more messengers than 2011, the last time the convention was held in Phoenix, and a net annual meeting cost reduction of some $800,000 since that time.
Nominees elected to boards and committees were notable for their ethnic diversity, Cooperative Program support and representation of churches with 250 members or fewer. Read More
N.M. village's Baptists see CP as missions priorityCUBA, N.M. (BP) -- The multicultural mix of 750 people in the small, arid village of Cuba, N.M., is one of the qualities that drew Stephen Reynolds to pastor First Baptist Church there.
The village off busy U.S. 550 draws the Navajo and Jicarilla Apache Native Americans and others from 30 square miles of high desert lands. Read More
Fla. Baptist Witness to merge with state conventionJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- The Florida Baptist Witness' board of directors has voted to cease functioning as a cooperating ministry of the state's convention and become a ministry within the Florida Baptist Convention organization.
The action -- approved by the board during a special called meeting Tuesday (Aug. 1) conducted via conference call -- calls for the Witness' board to dissolve its corporation at the end of the year and turn over operation of the Witness publication and online presence to the state convention.
Messengers to the Florida Baptist State Convention in November will be given an opportunity to "affirm" the board's decision, Florida Baptist Convention executive director Tommy Green said in an online video released today (Aug. 2). Read More
Ailing Christian convert released from Iran prisonTEHRAN, Iran (BP) -- Ailing Christian convert Maryam Naghash Zargaran was released Aug. 1 from an Iranian prison where she had been held four years because of her Christian faith, World Watch Monitor reported today (Aug. 2).
The sentence for the 39-year-old single mother was scheduled to end July 28, World Watch said, but she was held additional days without explanation. Read More
Nat'l CP 5.08% above projectionNASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 5.08 percent above the year-to-date SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget projection, and are 1.15 percent above contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and CEO Frank S. Page. Read More