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  • Pastors encouraged to participate in compensation survey

    February 15 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Pastors encouraged to participate in compensation survey

    GuideStone Financial Resources, LifeWay Research and Baptist state conventions have teamed up again in 2018 for the biennial SBC Church Compensation Survey. Pastors and church employees are invited to participate in the survey, a resource used by churches of all sizes to determine fair wages and benefits.

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  • GuideStone: Don’t panic over stock market volatility

    February 1 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone: Don’t panic over stock market volatility

    Volatility in 2018 may buffet the financial markets, which have grown feverishly since the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, according to retirement account assessments by leaders of GuideStone Financial Services. Such was the case Jan. 30 when the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.4 percent, or 363 points.

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  • GuideStone announces new location in Dallas

    January 10 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone announces new location in Dallas

    GuideStone Financial Resources plans to relocate in late summer 2018 to 115,000 square feet of new leased offices about 10 miles north of its current facility. The financial services arm of the Southern Baptist Convention has occupied its current home in Dallas’ Uptown district since 1989.

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  • GuideStone summit to tackle cybersecurity, sexual abuse

    January 5 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone summit to tackle cybersecurity, sexual abuse

    Cybersecurity and sexual abuse in the church will be among the topics discussed by key ministry decision makers, along with human resources professionals and financial officers of churches and ministries, during GuideStone Financial Resources’ second annual Employee Benefits Summit.

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  • GuideStone enters centennial after an eventful 2017

    January 4 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone enters centennial after an eventful 2017

    GuideStone Financial Resources is entering its 2018 centennial following a year marked by continued recognition for its retirement investment performance and record support for retired ministers and their widows facing financial struggles. The Southern Baptist entity also saw court-related advances for the sanctity of life but a new court challenge over the minister’s housing allowance.

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  • Housing allowance order stayed for now; appeals likely

    December 19 2017 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Housing allowance order stayed for now; appeals likely

    A federal district court judge in Wisconsin, as expected, has entered a final order declaring the minister’s housing allowance unconstitutional. The Dec. 13 order, however, has been stayed for 180 days after all appeals are exhausted, meaning it currently does not have any impact.

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  • Daughter joins mother in Mission:Dignity gratitude

    November 28 2017 by Rebekah Hardage, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Daughter joins mother in Mission:Dignity gratitude

    Growing up as a preacher’s daughter, Estela Rangel had only one request of her husband David when they married: “Never become a pastor.” As a child, she had felt pressure to be perfect in the eyes of the church, and she wanted a different life as an adult. “But God had His plans,” Estela said.

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  • Protection benefits changes announced by GuideStone

    October 31 2017 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Protection benefits changes announced by GuideStone

    GuideStone Financial Resources has announced changes to protection coverage offered to qualified participants in the Church Retirement Plan, the 403(b)(9) retirement plan offered exclusively to Southern Baptist churches and their staffs. The minimum monthly contribution to their retirement account for those eligible for the benefits increases to $50 monthly, effective Jan. 1.

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  • GuideStone health plans available amid ACA flux

    October 25 2017 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone health plans available amid ACA flux

    Inaction by Washington on reforms to the Affordable Care Act has led to much uncertainty for those in the health care exchanges created under the 2010 law. GuideStone Financial Resources is prepared with options for churches looking to help their pastors and staff members obtain health care coverage for themselves and their families.

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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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