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CP gives small church global impact

January 7, 2014 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press
CP Giving First Baptist Church of Clearwater, Idaho only draws about 40 worshippers Sunday mornings, but makes a global missions impact through the Cooperative Program. Last year, First Baptist gave an offering to help print 11,000 copies of the New Testament in Turkish.
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Barefoot, graduate of SEBTS & NC senator

January 3, 2014 by Ali Dixon, Southeastern Seminary
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Chad Barefoot, the youngest senator in North Carolina, is a recent graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Barefoot is currently serving his first term in the N.C. Senate. He represents Wake and Franklin counties in the 18th Senate District, including the neighborhood where his parents grew up.
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CP at 91.55% annual budget goal

January 6, 2014 by Baptist Press staff
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Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are $43,829,795.61 or 91.55 percent of the year-to-date SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget goal.
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DOJ opposes stay of nuns' mandate request

January 6, 2014 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press
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The Department of Justice has urged a U.S. Supreme Court justice to reject a request by the Little Sisters of the Poor in Denver and other Catholic organizations. The high level legal dispute results from a rule requiring employers to provide their workers with coverage for contraceptives.



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Help for church leaders

Leading a church is more complex than building a health care website. The degree of difficulty is made more challenging by the small budget of the typical church.

Where can pastors and lay leaders go to learn about the ten thousand laws they are expected to know and obey? There are risk management laws, personnel laws, IRS regulations, state regulations, sexual harassment laws, guidelines for background checks, HR guidelines, disability laws, operation manuals, OSHA regulations, fire codes, and building codes – just to name a FEW.

If your church is trying to figure out everything by yourself, you will eventually hit a wall. Even if you use your best lay leadership, one day you will trip over an unforseen regulation, and the consequences could be devastating.

There are some trustworthy professionals who love God, love the church and want to help the church maintain a healthy witness in a complicated world. One such organization is a new advertiser at the Biblical Recorder. Breakthrough Access Solutions has invited you to a free leadership summit and training on January 30 in Greensboro.

One of the presenters is David Horton, President of Fruitland Bible Baptist College. He said, "Those in leadership are often unaware of the number of laws that can be violated and people who can be at risk in a typical ministry setting. Unfortunately, most ministers ... only learn about this subject when they are already in trouble. Thankfully, there is an alternative with Breakthrough Access Solutions!"

Check out their invitation on their website. We appreciate your support of our advertisers. I believe they will be helpful to you and to the church you serve.

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