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  • Search committee, ERLC funding mark first EC report

    June 14 2018 by Erin Roach & Art Toalston | with 0 comments
    Search committee, ERLC funding mark first EC report

    Messengers received an update of the search for a new Executive Committee president and defeated a proposed defunding of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission during the EC’s morning report at the SBC annual meeting in Dallas June 12. EC chairman Stephen Rummage, speaking of the search for a successor to Frank S. Page after …

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  • ACP: Worship attendance rises, baptisms decline

    June 4 2018 by Lisa Cannon Green, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    ACP: Worship attendance rises, baptisms decline

    The Southern Baptist Convention expanded by more than 270 churches in 2017. More people showed up for weekly worship services, and congregations gave more generously in a strengthening economy. However, reported baptisms and membership declined as fewer churches participated in the SBC’s Annual Church Profile (ACP).

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  • CP overage reallocation to aid hurricane survivors

    September 21 2017 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    CP overage reallocation to aid hurricane survivors

    Southern Baptists’ Cooperative Program helped survivors after Hurricane Katrina; it will do so again in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey and, now, Maria. The Executive Committee also issued a call to prayer in light of recent natural disasters, including wildfires raging in the West and the current cultural tumult in the U.S.

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  • Panel: Pastors key to evangelistic efforts in local churches

    June 13 2017 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Panel: Pastors key to evangelistic efforts in local churches

    Pastors must lead their local congregations to be more evangelistic by personally modeling evangelism and discipleship in their own lives. That was a common theme among Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) leaders who took part in a panel discussion on evangelism and declining baptisms in the SBC.

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  • ACP: Churches up in 2016; baptisms, membership decline

    June 9 2017 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    ACP: Churches up in 2016; baptisms, membership decline

    Southern Baptists experienced growth in the number of churches that cooperate with the Southern Baptist Convention in 2016, according to the latest Annual Church Profile report (ACP). However, other key measures declined in 2016, including membership, baptisms, average worship attendance and total giving, according to the ACP.

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  • Asian fellowship to extend awareness of SBC

    June 22 2016 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Asian fellowship to extend awareness of SBC

    Representatives from eight Asian nationalities have formed a national fellowship to expand their involvement in the Southern Baptist Convention. The fellowship – to be known as A2CP2 for Asian-American Church Planting/Cooperative Program – met June 12 meeting in conjunction with the SBC’s annual meeting in St. Louis.

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  • Annual Church Profile: More churches report; baptisms decline

    June 8 2016 by Carol Pipes, Lifeway Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    Annual Church Profile: More churches report; baptisms decline

    Southern Baptists may find cause for hope in the latest Annual Church Profile report. The Southern Baptist Convention added more churches in 2015, due mostly to church planting efforts. Churches also experienced an increase in total giving. However, other key measures declined including membership, average worship attendance, baptisms and missions giving.

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  • Asian-American networks nurtured at A2CP2 conference

    May 5 2016 by Eunsun Han, SWBTS | with 0 comments
    Asian-American networks nurtured at A2CP2 conference

    The fostering of nationwide networks among Asian-American church leaders in the Southern Baptist Convention moved forward during an inaugural A2CP2 (Asian-American Church Planting & Cooperative Program) Conference at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Paul Kim and Daniel Im were two of the featured speakers …

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  • Young Asian American lay leaders focus of ‘A2CP2’

    September 9 2015 by Shannon Baker, Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network | with 0 comments
    Young Asian American lay leaders focus of ‘A2CP2’

    More than 40 Asian American lay church leaders, mostly younger professionals, gathered at Global Mission Church for the first “A2CP2” conference sponsored by local Baptist churches and the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention. “A2” stands for “Asian American” and “CP2” stands for “Church Planting/Cooperative Program …”

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  • SBC reports more churches, fewer people

    June 11 2015 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    SBC reports more churches, fewer people

    Southern Baptists are adding more churches but serving fewer members who are giving fewer dollars, 2014 data compiled by LifeWay Christian Resources shows. The number of cooperating churches within the Southern Baptist Convention rose for the 15th consecutive year, but the churches lost more than 200,000 members, the biggest one-year decline since 1881 ...

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  • Pro-lifer’s NAACP parody wins court appeal

    June 4 2015 by Courtney Crandell, WORLD News Service/Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Pro-lifer’s NAACP parody wins court appeal

    In a ruling issued May 26, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided unanimously with the pro-life Radiance Foundation in its trademark infringement fight with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The court ruled a parody of the NAACP written by Radiance did not violate laws or confuse people.

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  • CP slightly above budgeted goal for year

    September 4 2013 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    CP slightly above budgeted goal for year

    Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 0.15 percent above the year-to-date budgeted goal and 1.36 percent below contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Frank S. Page.

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  • Baptists share how CP fuels missions, ministries

    June 18 2013 by Melissa Lilley, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    Baptists share how CP fuels missions, ministries

    Missionary testimonies during the June 11-12 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) meeting in Houston, Texas, challenged messengers to do more to advance the gospel through the Cooperative Program.

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  • Retired SBC researcher Cliff Tharp dies

    March 13 2013 by Marty King, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Retired SBC researcher Cliff Tharp dies

    Cliff Tharp Jr., who coordinated the annual reporting and analysis of the Southern Baptist Convention’s membership statistics, died Monday (March 11) in Richmond, Va. He was 70.

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  • 1% Challenge a surprising success, Page says

    February 20 2013 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    1% Challenge a surprising success, Page says

    The 1% Challenge for increased Cooperative Program (CP) giving has been a surprising success, Frank Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) Executive Committee (EC), said Feb. 18. 

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