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  • CP panels celebrate Baptist ministries, missions

    June 21 2017 by David Roach & Daniel Woodman, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    CP panels celebrate Baptist ministries, missions

    Countering declining baptism numbers, improving preaching, combatting pornography and increasing women’s involvement in the Southern Baptist Convention were among topics discussed by panelists at the Cooperative Program booth during the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix. In response to news baptisms among Southern Baptist churches have decreased eight of the past 10 years …

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  • Personal finances to gain SBC spiritual boost

    June 16 2017 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Personal finances to gain SBC spiritual boost

    For people struggling financially – and others doing well – stewardship will become more urgent among Southern Baptists in the days ahead. “We’ve not talked about it enough,” Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee, said in the EC’s report to the SBC.

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  • CP-funded collegiate church network multiplies

    June 15 2017 by Erin Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    CP-funded collegiate church network multiplies

    In a college football stadium, surrounded by 20,000 cheering fans, Keith Wieser heard God say, “Look at all this potential. I want to do something here, but you have to think bigger.” In 2007, Wieser and his wife Paige moved from Texas to plant a church in Pullman, Wash.

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  • $3.1M Cooperative Program gift featured in EC report

    June 14 2017 by Barbara Denman, Art Toalston & Erin Roach | with 0 comments
    $3.1M Cooperative Program gift featured in EC report

    Flanked by more than two dozen Florida pastors, Tommy Green of the Florida Baptist Convention presented a gift of $3,136,500 to the Southern Baptist Convention during the Executive Committee report. The Cooperative Program gift, from the sale of the Florida convention’s former building, was among numerous facets of the Executive Committee’s report to messengers.

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  • EC receives CP report, frames building sale process

    June 13 2017 by David Roach & Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    EC receives CP report, frames building sale process

    The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Executive Committee (EC) heard a report June 12 that “escrowing, withholding [and] reducing” gifts through the Cooperative Program (CP) is “not as widespread” as thought in February when the EC’s CP Committee created a special committee to study the issue.

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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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  • National CP 3.64% ahead of budget projection

    June 5 2017 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    National CP 3.64% ahead of budget projection

    Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 3.64 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection, and are 1.04 percent below contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release.

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  • Louisiana Executive Board concludes study of ERLC

    May 15 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Louisiana Executive Board concludes study of ERLC

    The Louisiana Baptist Convention’s Executive Board has concluded a study of “issues of concern” related to the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and issued a letter commending ERLC President Russell Moore for “confessing his failings.” The letter also urged Moore “to listen carefully and respectfully to Southern Baptists even as we listen to him.”

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  • National CP 4.18% ahead of projection

    May 3 2017 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    National CP 4.18% ahead of projection

    Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 4.18 percent above the year-to-date budgeted projection, and are 0.81 percent below contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to SBC Executive Committee President and CEO Frank S. Page.

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  • Prestonwood to resume CP giving ‘without designation’

    April 27 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Prestonwood to resume CP giving ‘without designation’

    Prestonwood Baptist Church has announced it will resume giving through the Cooperative Program after two months of evaluating its support. “After a time of prayerful evaluation, Prestonwood is renewing our commitment to Southern Baptist missions by giving to the Cooperative Program without designation,” said Prestonwood executive pastor Mike Buster.

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  • National CP 4.07 ahead of projection at mid-year point

    April 5 2017 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments
    National CP 4.07 ahead of projection at mid-year point

    Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 4.07 percent above the year-to-date SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget projection. And they are 0.97 percent below contributions received during the same time frame last year.

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  • Bellevue reaches $1M in Cooperative Program gifts

    March 15 2017 by Lonnie Wilkey, Baptist and Reflector | with 0 comments
    Bellevue reaches $1M in Cooperative Program gifts

    Bellevue Baptist Church has become the first church in the Tennessee Baptist Convention to send $1 million through the Cooperative Program over a 12-month period. In early March, the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board received a check for $83,333 that brought Bellevue’s total giving through the Cooperative Program to $1 million since April 2016.

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  • Graham extols unity at NOBTS amid Cooperative Program debate

    March 13 2017 by Gary D. Myers, NOBTS Communications | with 0 comments
    Graham extols unity at NOBTS amid Cooperative Program debate

    Amid debate over a decision by Dallas-area Prestonwood Baptist Church to escrow Cooperative Program funds, Prestonwood pastor Jack Graham told a New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary chapel audience Jesus must be the focus of every congregation. The church “is not about us – my church, your church. It’s all about Jesus,” Graham said.

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  • NAAF president urges ‘reconciliation’ among Moore, critics

    March 10 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 1 comments
    NAAF president urges ‘reconciliation’ among Moore, critics

    The president of a network of some 4,000 predominantly African American Southern Baptist churches has issued an open letter urging reconciliation between Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore and those threatening to withhold Cooperative Program money over his actions.

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  • CP escrow study set to begin

    March 8 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    CP escrow study set to begin

    With an ad hoc committee of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee (EC) set to begin its study of churches’ escrowing Cooperative Program money, chairman Stephen Rummage says the study was occasioned in part by the notable volume of contacts the EC has received regarding the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

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