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  • Iowa Baptists note church growth, increased giving

    by BCI Staff, posted Monday, November 13, 2017 (3 months ago)

    Photo by Jill Olsen/Baptist Convention of Iowa
    AMES, Iowa (BP) -- The 2017 Baptist Convention of Iowa annual meeting was held in conjunction with a two-day "For the Church" micro conference in partnership with Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Four hundred participants attended the Nov. 3-4 conference, which included featured speakers Jason K. Allen, MBTS president; Jared Wilson, MBTS director of content strategy; Jeff Dodge, lead pastor at Cornerstone Church in Ames; and Rechab Gray, teaching pastor at Cottage Grove Church in Des Moines. Read More

  • Iowa Baptists affirm CP commitment

    by Jon "Ole" Olsen, posted Wednesday, November 16, 2016 (one year ago)

    DES MOINES, Iowa (BP) -- Iowa Baptists affirmed their continuing commitment to forward 50 percent of their anticipated Cooperative Program receipts to Southern Baptist Convention causes and pledged $100,000 to help those among the most vulnerable in the state.

    A total of 142 messengers from 57 churches from across Iowa met on Nov. 5 for the 21st annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of Iowa (BCI) at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Des Moines, Iowa. Pastor Darin Ulmer and his wife Sarah of Community Baptist Church of Marion provided worship music throughout the meeting. Read More

  • Iowa police shootings spark prayer, ministry

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, November 03, 2016 (one year ago)

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    DES MOINES, Iowa (BP) -- The murders of two Des Moines-area police officers have spurred Iowa Christians to prayer and action.

    Officer Justin Martin of the Urbandale (Iowa) Police Department and Sgt. Anthony Beminio of the Des Moines Police Department both were shot in their patrol vehicles in "ambush"-style attacks some two miles apart Wednesday (Nov. 2) shortly after 1 a.m., CNN reported. Police took suspect Scott Michael Greene into custody hours later. Read More

  • Federal judge: Iowa churches safe from anti-bias law

    by Lynde Langdon, posted Tuesday, November 01, 2016 (one year ago)

    DES MOINES, IOWA (BP) -- An Iowa church is dropping its lawsuit against the state and the city of Des Moines after a federal judge issued a ruling protecting the church's religious liberty. The District Court judge has ruled that churches do not count as "public accommodations" under the Iowa Civil Rights Act and are not subject to censorship of their views on marriage and sexuality. Read More

  • Iowa churches counter gender identity law

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 06, 2016 (one year ago)

    DES MOINES, Iowa (BP) -- Two Iowa churches say the Iowa Civil Rights Commission's interpretation of a state civil rights law could force them to open restrooms to members of the opposite sex and inhibit their ability to teach biblical truth about gender.

    One of the churches, Fort Des Moines Church of Christ in Des Moines, filed a lawsuit in federal court July 4. The other, Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City, sent a demand letter to the Iowa Civil Rights Commission July 5 asking the Commission to amend its policy regarding churches and gender identity discrimination. Read More

  • Iowa Baptists note church plants, CP giving

    by Jon "Ole" Olsen, posted Wednesday, December 09, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    DES MOINES, Iowa (BP) -- New church plants and an increase of more than 11 percent in Cooperative Program giving highlighted the 20th annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of Iowa in Des Moines.

    About 11 new church plants have ether launched or are holding preview services, BCI Executive Director Tim Lubinus said, noting firm plans for additional church plants in the Des Moines area in 2016. Read More

  • Iowa Baptists approve 50/50 CP split

    by Jon "Ole" Olsen, posted Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (3 years ago)

    DES MOINES, Iowa (BP) -- During their Baptist Convention of Iowa annual meeting in Des Moines, messengers voted to increase the percentage of Cooperative Program funds forwarded to national Southern Baptist Convention causes from 20 percent in 2014 to 50 percent of all CP receipts in 2015. This represents an increase from $99,000 given to the SBC CP in 2014 to $300,000 in 2015. Read More