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Struggling church keeps missions, CP focusFORT ASHBY, W.Va. (BP) -- In a small country town where everybody knows everybody, word spread quickly that the Baptist church was without a pastor. But three years later, the news in Fort Ashby, W. Va., wasn't news anymore.
Even during its lengthy search for a pastor and with few people in the pews, First Baptist Church of Fort Ashby continued to send 12 percent of its undesignated offerings each month to missions through the Cooperative Program -- the Southern Baptist Convention's unified channel of support for missions and ministry -- to fulfill the Great Commission. An additional 3 percent goes to the Potomac Highland Baptist Association. Read More
SBDR work continues amid Canada's 'Beast' wildfireFORT MCMURRAY, Alberta, Canada (BP) -- The reign of the "Beast," a Canada wildfire that caused the immediate evacuation of 80,000 people in Fort McMurray, may almost be over.
Government officials are working alongside non-governmental organization (NGO) council leaders, including Canadian National Baptist and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief as well as The Salvation Army, Samaritan's Purse and Billy Graham organization leaders and volunteers to speed the safe return of Fort McMurray residents. For the wildfire refugees escaping to the nearby city of Edmonton, the news of future re-entry brings relief. Read More
CP 6.13% ahead of budget projection
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 6.13 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection, and are 2.65 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. The total includes receipts from state conventions and fellowships, churches and individuals for distribution according to the 2015-16 SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget. Read More
Wells up for 15th term as registration secretaryST. LOUIS (BP) -- Jim Wells, a church consultant and retired Missouri Baptist Convention staff member, will be nominated for a 15th term as Southern Baptist Convention registration secretary, Missouri pastor Eddie Bumpers announced today (June 2).
"Jim has served as registration secretary for over a decade and has proven himself to be a man who is faithful, competent and joyful in welcoming messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention," Bumpers, pastor of Crossway Baptist Church in Springfield, Mo., said in an email to Baptist Press announcing his intention to nominate Wells during the June 14-15 SBC annual meeting in St. Louis. Read More
Paul Smith announced as Pastors' Conf. VP nomineeST. LOUIS (BP) -- Paul Smith, pastor of the Phoenix-area First Baptist Church of Chandler, Ariz., will be nominated for vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference, according to an announcement from Louisiana pastor James Law.
Smith also serves as associate professor of Old Testament studies at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. His 25-year pastoral ministry has included churches in Arkansas, Louisiana and Illinois. Read More
Toby Frost to be Pastors' Conf. treasurer nomineeST. LOUIS (BP) -- Toby Frost, pastor of South Main Baptist Church in Greenwood, S.C., will be nominated for treasurer of the Southern Baptist Convention Pastors' Conference, according to an announcement by former SBC President Johnny Hunt.
Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., stated in a June 2 email to Baptist Press, "I have been privileged to know Toby Frost for 35 years. I know him to be a man of integrity, compassion and personal soul winning. He's the type leader the SBC will enjoy in leadership to our Pastors' Conference." Read More
FLOYD: How to pray for 2016 SBC
Ronnie Floyd, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, calls upon individuals and churches to set aside time to pray for the 2016 SBC annual meeting in St. Louis. Read More
Bible Study: June 5, 2016
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. Read More