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Church takes 1% CP Challenge
COLORADO SPRINGS (BP) -- With a clear, simple purpose statement of "Make Disciples," what does a church do when it outgrows its landlocked facilities in a part of town facing significant demographic changes?
A multi-faceted ministryCircle Drive Baptist Church in Colorado Springs already assists a neighboring Baptist church that ministers in the heart language of many of the area's newer residents. The congregation hosts another people group who meet in its facilities. Circle Drive has adopted an unreached, unengaged people group in West Africa in partnership with the International Mission Board's Embrace initiative. And it maintains ongoing missions partnerships in the Philippines, Southeast Asia and Romania. Church members have been on mission trips to 17 nations (including the United States) since 2002. Circle Drive additionally is heavily invested in missions and ministries across Pikes Peak Baptist Association and throughout the state of Colorado.
Others before self
Two years ago, the church where pastor Mike Routt serves voted to purchase 20 acres in a highly visible, fast-growing section of Colorado Springs. The land, already paid for, is within a mile of a new development where 6,000 new homes will be built in the next few years. This is a church where the 20 people who started the congregation in 1954 took food each week from their own meager larders to share with their poorly paid pastor.
They were (and are) more interested in doing for others than doing for themselves. So they responded unanimously last fall when Routt, who currently serves as vice chairman of the SBC Executive Committee, suggested they rise to the "1% CP Challenge" voiced by EC President Frank Page to increase the percentage of their budget for Southern Baptist missions and ministries.
"Our church is in the midst of a $10.5 million capital fundraising campaign for a total campus relocation," Routt said. "So why increase our CP giving 1 percent at this time in our church's history?
"The needs of others remain of greater importance to our people than their own," Routt said. "Through our giving to CP, we support thousands of IMB and NAMB missionaries; we support thousands of students who are preparing for the Gospel ministry in our six SBC seminaries; we support religious liberty through the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; and we support the work of our own state convention in saturating Colorado with the Gospel. Our church also supports strongly the Cooperative Program because of partnership with other churches of our denomination across America."
The Cooperative Program is the way Southern Baptist churches combine their missions dollars for maximum impact around the world.
"[Circle Drive] did it enthusiastically," Routt said. "People are excited. We're wanting to expand; we want to have a greater impact in the Kingdom of God, and the Cooperative Program helps us have that Kingdom impact. Read More
$1 per month: Church members fight hunger
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- Six-year-old Madeline Gillott is intent on giving to Southern Baptists' World Hunger Fund "so kids don't starve and have lots to eat and can hear about Jesus." Read More
CP meets budget goal; trails 2012 totals"The federal government may be facing a shut-down this week, but Southern Baptist missions and ministries are open for business."NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention met its Cooperative Program budgeted goal of $188 million, but ended its fiscal year 1.92 percent below last year's contributions, SBC Executive Committee president Frank S. Page has announced. Read More
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Criswell's Jerry Johnson to lead NRBDALLAS (BP) -- Criswell College President Jerry Johnson has been named president and CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters, effective Nov. 1.
The Washington-based NRB is an international association of Christian communicators whose organizations represent millions of viewers, listeners and readers worldwide via radio, television and the Internet. Read More
TenTwo: So much to pray aboutALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) -- We have a huge task as we take on the challenge of lostness in North America.
For decades our population has been growing more ethnically diverse, but Southern Baptists have stayed far too white.... Read More
Powerful Pakistan quake raises call for prayer
NASHVILLE (BP) -- A powerful earthquake in a remote area of southwestern Pakistan has destroyed 80 percent of the homes and destroyed roads that would carry relief supplies into the region. Southern Baptist humanitarian workers are requesting prayer for families in the devastated area. Read More
FIRST PERSON: A CP-funded journey of faith
Missionaries are impacted by the work of the Cooperative Program, often as early as their youth, Baptist leader Paul Chitwood writes as he references the life of Nik Ripken and Ripken's book, "The Insanity of God." Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Women in ministry
Seminary dean Terri Stovall gives examples of the many ways women are serving in the Kingdom of God. Read More
Bible Study: October 6, 2013
NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.
This week's Bible study is adapted from the YOU! curriculum.
Bible Passage: Psalm 89:1-4, 13-15
What are some reasons we struggle in being faithful to God and the people i... Read More