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  • Rudy Fagan, 20-year SBC stewardship leader, dies

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, October 05, 2018 (11 days ago)

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BP) -- A. Rudolph (Rudy) Fagan, who led the former Stewardship Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention for 20 years, died Wednesday (Oct. 3) in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was 88.

    Fagan served as president of the Stewardship Commission from 1974 until his retirement in 1994.

    The Stewardship Commission, which was closed in the SBC's Covenant for a New Century restructuring in the mid-1990s, was the convention's primary advocate for the Cooperative Program channel of support for state, national and international missions and ministry. It also assisted churches in capital campaigns as they built new facilities. The commission's duties were moved to the SBC Executive Committee and LifeWay Christian Resources (then Sunday School Board) under the SBC restructuring. Read More

  • Alaskans embrace 'Vision Plan for a New Tomorrow'

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, October 03, 2018 (14 days ago)

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    WASILLA, Alaska (BP) -- An Alaska Baptist Convention "Vision Plan for a New Tomorrow" was approved by messengers at the ABC's 73rd annual meeting, Sept. 25-26 at First Baptist Church in Wasilla.

    Sweeping changes include a decrease in Cooperative Program giving from 37 percent to 20 percent to Southern Baptist Convention causes; a restructuring from four associations to six regions; and a potential name change.

    "This came out of discussions at Executive Board meetings," said Randy Covington, executive director/treasurer of the Alaska Baptist Convention since 2016, about the CP decrease. "If we're going to reach our state for Christ, we're going to have to keep more money at home. Read More

  • National CP ends fiscal year 2.63% over goal

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, October 02, 2018 (14 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The Southern Baptist Convention ended its fiscal year $5,044,828.14 over its 2017–2018 budgeted goal and $101,902.94 under the previous year's Cooperative Program Allocation Budget gifts, according D. August Boto, SBC Executive Committee interim president and executive vice president for convention policy.

    The total includes CP receipts from state conventions and gifts from churches and individuals for distribution according to the 2017-18 SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget. Read More

  • COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: The pulpit, the lectern & CP

    by Todd R. Chipman, posted Tuesday, October 02, 2018 (15 days ago)

    The Cooperative Program is "not just about money" to support missions and ministry, Todd Chipman writes. "It is rather the financial expression of a spirit of partnership that is to characterize all believers." Read More

  • Grace Baptist, revived, walks through open doors

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Tuesday, October 02, 2018 (15 days ago)

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    EVANSVILLE, Ind. (BP) -- Grace Baptist Church hosts a deaf congregation and a special needs ministry on its block-size campus each Sunday.

    A nursing home ministry, an elementary school partnership, a food pantry and clothing bank and community recreation are among an array of initiatives for the church with about 250 in Sunday morning worship in Evansville, Ind.

    Beyond Evansville, Grace Baptist also gives 11 percent of its undesignated offerings through the Cooperative Program for Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministry, part of a total missions outlay of more than 35 percent of undesignated and missions-specific giving. Read More

  • COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: It begins with Granny Tate

    by Randy C. Davis, posted Monday, October 01, 2018 (15 days ago)

    Granny Tate exemplified the countless Southern Baptists whose gifts through the Cooperative Program "mean everything in reaching the world for Christ," Randy Davis writes. Read More

  • COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: Friends sharing life-giving faith

    by BP Staff, posted Monday, October 01, 2018 (15 days ago)

    Every Southern Baptist has innumerable friends who are sharing the Gospel in unique ways and in unique settings. You may not know any of these friends personally, but they share a bond with all Southern Baptists who support their outreach through the Cooperative Program. Read More

  • Recession still impacts CP 10 years later

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, September 26, 2018 (20 days ago)

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    CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (BP) -- Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., is a case study in how Cooperative Program giving has fared during the decade since the financial crisis of 2008.

    Ten years ago, the congregation was thriving. Worship attendance was at 3,500 and climbing; pledges had been made for a multimillion-dollar building program; and southeast Florida's real estate market was hot.

    Then what has been dubbed the Great Recession hit. The housing bubble burst -- striking regions like Florida, California and Las Vegas particularly hard -- and the stock market's Dow Jones Industrial Average experienced its largest single-day drop to date in late September 2008. Read More

  • 'Neighboring': Making disciples on Montana's range

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (one month ago)

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    MILES CITY, Mont. (BP) -- Launching laity-led Bible studies at his Miles City, Mont., pastorate and at far-flung ranches on the state's eastern range are among Jeff Cahill's goals.

    "Eastern Montana is so sparsely populated that we can't expect to start a traditional church with a building, pastor and budget," Cahill, pastor of Valley Community Church, told Baptist Press. "The way it works out here, these ranches trade work back and forth. We call it 'neighboring.'"

    The Cooperative Program is another way of neighboring, said Cahill, whose pastorate draws about 60 worshippers on Sunday mornings. Working with the nation's other Southern Baptist churches in missions and ministries across North America and throughout the world, "we can join together to do things we couldn't do apart," Cahill said. Read More

  • Nat'l CP 2.59% ahead of projection

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, September 05, 2018 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 2.59 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection, and 0.01 percent above contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from D. August Boto, SBC Executive Committee interim president and executive vice president for convention policy. Read More