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  • ‘Christmas Code’ kindles Advent-oriented evangelism

    September 11 2017 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    ‘Christmas Code’ kindles Advent-oriented evangelism

    GuideStone Financial Resources President O.S. Hawkins had one goal for his new book, “The Christmas Code” – providing pastors and churches a resource with short Advent devotionals as a church-wide evangelism tool during the holiday season. The new book, which released Sept. 5, already has tallied nearly 200,000 in preordered copies.

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  • Financial tips for churches, ministries in wake of Harvey

    September 1 2017 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Financial tips for churches, ministries in wake of Harvey

    To aid churches as they face the daunting tasks of rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey, GuideStone Financial Resources is offering tips for churches and ministries faced with property damage and claims. Gaelen Cole, senior manager of risk and compliance for the Southern Baptist entity’s Property and Casualty area says churches should consider four main steps.

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  • Market volatility: GuideStone offers tips, new fund

    August 17 2017 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Market volatility: GuideStone offers tips, new fund

    As the U.S. stock market continues to eclipse all-time highs – the S&P 500 Index has recorded 43 new all-time highs between November 8 and August 11 – analysts with GuideStone Financial Resources caution that the markets may be set for a period of extended volatility.

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  • GuideStone congratulates Hawkins on 20 years

    August 15 2017 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone congratulates Hawkins on 20 years

    Trustees for GuideStone Financial Resources gathered July 31-Aug. 1 in regular session to hear reports from GuideStone executive officers and staff about the board’s performance in key lines of business. GuideStone also honored O.S. Hawkins for 20 years as president of the Southern Baptist entity.

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  • Pastor compensation studied by financial planner

    July 20 2017 by Michael Foust, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Pastor compensation studied by financial planner

    It happens often in Southern Baptist life: A church offers a prospective pastor a salary it thinks is reasonable, and the pastor – not wanting to appear greedy – begrudgingly accepts. But down the road, when tax season arrives or when retirement approaches, the pastor realizes he should have spoken up.

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  • Hawkins recaps GuideStone’s legal & financial gains

    June 16 2017 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Hawkins recaps GuideStone’s legal & financial gains

    GuideStone Financial Resources’ theme for 2017 is the “Year of Innovation,“ President O.S. Hawkins said in the opening report to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention, June 13-14 in Phoenix. The annual theme guides the entity’s work, Hawkins said, noting a difference between imitation and innovation.

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  • Knowing somebody cares buoys retiree

    June 12 2017 by Erich Bridges, GuideStone Financial Services | with 0 comments
    Knowing somebody cares buoys retiree

    Mission:Dignity Sunday is June 25. It’s a day to remember and honor retired ministers, workers and their widows living on low retirement incomes. It’s also a time to give generously to help the nearly 1,800 individuals and couples assisted by the ministry. About $7 million is distributed annually.

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  • GuideStone: resources, wellness & retirement checkups at SBC

    April 25 2017 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone | with 0 comments
    GuideStone: resources, wellness & retirement checkups at SBC

    GuideStone Financial Resources will make available its popular Wellness Center June 12-14 in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention. But this year, rather than having participants move from one station to another, the Wellness Center will offer participants one-stop biometric readings.

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  • GuideStone takes long-term view of Fed rate hike

    March 17 2017 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone | with 0 comments
    GuideStone takes long-term view of Fed rate hike

    The Federal Open Market Committee confirmed analyst and market expectations by raising the target Fed Funds rate by 0.25 percent on March 15, bringing it to a range of 0.75 to 1.00 percent. GuideStone Financial Resources expects two more rate hikes to occur in 2017.

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  • Trump’s potential impact on markets sparks discussion

    February 9 2017 by Roy Hayhurst, Guidestone | with 0 comments
    Trump’s potential impact on markets sparks discussion

    As the era of President Trump begins to unfold, his potential impact on financial markets prompted analysis in the first of a new video series released by GuideStone Financial Resources, the financial services arm of the Southern Baptist Convention.

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  • Paul Powell, former Annuity Board president, dies

    January 4 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Paul Powell, former Annuity Board president, dies

    Paul Powell, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Annuity Board, died Dec. 28 following a stroke earlier in the month. He was 83. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Cathy; his children Mike and Lori; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Kent and parents Jodie and Mary.

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  • Retired pastors, widows thankful for Mission:Dignity

    December 29 2016 by John Ambra, Guidestone | with 0 comments
    Retired pastors, widows thankful for Mission:Dignity

    Hard work was nothing new for bivocational pastor L.C. Jones. After decades of laboring in sewing factories, he was accustomed to sweating it out for the sake of his family. “I’ve worked all summer – mowing yards, trying to save enough money to fix my wife’s teeth,” he said. ...

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  • Fed rate hike: long-term view advised by analysts

    December 16 2016 by Roy Hayhurst, Guidestone | with 0 comments
    Fed rate hike: long-term view advised by analysts

    The Federal Open Market Committee's decision on Dec. 14 to raise the target the Federal Reserve's Fed Funds rate will mean little for long-term investors, according to analysts for GuideStone Financial Resources, the financial services arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. Federal Reserve governors were unanimous in this decision to increase the Fed Funds rate.

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  • Court blocks federal plan to extend overtime protections

    November 23 2016 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    Court blocks federal plan to extend overtime protections

    A U.S. District Court judge has blocked the White House’s plan to extend overtime labor protections that were scheduled to take effect Dec. 1. Judge Amos L. Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, said President Obama's administration exceeded its authority by raising the overtime eligibility limit and including an automatic updating mechanism.

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  • 2016 study of pastor salaries, benefits available

    September 13 2016 by Martin King, LifeWay Christian Resources | with 0 comments
    2016 study of pastor salaries, benefits available

    Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist church staff members has exceeded the cost-of-living increase over the past two years. However, health insurance coverage continues to decline, according to the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Church Compensation Study. Compensation and congregational data for the biannual study is collected anonymously from Southern Baptist churches and church-type missions.

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