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Nat'l CP 0.18% under YTD budget projectionNASHVILLE (BP) -- With gifts received from 40 of 41 cooperating state Baptist conventions, contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee in January were 0.18 percent below the projected budget for the first four months of the current fiscal year. And they were 3.03 percent below 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
27-year pastorate yields $9 million through CPNAPLES, Fla. (BP) -- Where is Naples? That was Hayes Wicker's question nearly three decades ago when the pulpit committee from First Baptist Church in Naples, Fla., contacted him about becoming their pastor.
Today, he knows the answer well as he enters the twilight of a 27-year pastorate that made a God-sized impact on the southwest Florida city and left a legacy of Cooperative Program giving. In mid-January, Wicker, 68, announced his intention to transition gradually out of the church's pastorate and make way for younger leadership to carry the ministry forward. He hopes this approach to transition can become a helpful model for other churches.
During Wicker's tenure, First Baptist has given nearly $9.2 million through CP. The ... Read More
Church gives & receives via the Cooperative ProgramRAY CITY, Ga. (BP) -- As traditional as its church programming is, First Baptist in Ray City finds ways outside its walls to reach people untouched by the Gospel.
Building an off-site multipurpose building for community engagement and imaginatively conducting a fall festival that draws more attendees than the town's total population of 400 are among the church's creative outreach methods. Other initiatives include constructing 15 to 20 wheelchair ramps a year and coordinating an annual free yard sale.
First Baptist, started in 1874, where about 135 people participate in Sunday morning ... , Read More
Ga. Baptists drop 20 staffers after CP shortfallDULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- The Georgia Baptist Mission Board (GBMB) has laid off 20 staff members after a near-$1.2 million budget shortfall in 2018 Cooperative Program giving, the Christian Index reported.
The GBMB will restructure the workforce for greater efficiency, GBMB Executive Director W. Thomas Hammond, Jr., told the convention's newsjournal Jan. 24.
"We're committed to making the Georgia Baptist Mission Board the best resource our pastors could ask for," Hammond said. "Part of that will include streamlining some ministries and evaluating all of the activities of the Mission Board." Read More
Nat'l CP 4.5% under YTD budget projectionNASHVILLE (BP) -- Contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee in December were 4.50 percent below the projected budget for the first quarter of the current fiscal year. And they were 0.19 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
Cooperative Program, foster care link church & heavenMOORCROFT, Wyo. (BP) -- Mike Ellis is a homeschooling dad who serves bivocationally in rural Wyoming as pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Moorcroft.
His wife Tera is a full-time teacher of gifted and talented youngsters.
"It's like the Cooperative Program," Ellis said of their family -- Christian, 13, adoptive brothers Joshua, 9, and Thomas, 6, and foster sister Dolly, 5, until more join.
"Different people, coming from different places," he said, "working together as one family to do something for the Kingdom of God."
First Southern gives 10 percent of its undesignated offerings to missions through the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists' longstanding method of providing for God's work in the United States and throughout the world. Read More
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