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  • N.C. messengers elect new slate of convention officers

    November 6 2018 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications | with 0 comments
    N.C. messengers elect new slate of convention officers

    Messengers from N.C. Baptist churches elected a new slate of officers during the 2018 Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s (BSC) annual meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 6 in Greensboro, N.C. Steve Scoggins, pastor of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, N.C., was elected convention president.

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  • GuideStone: 2019 health plans to see added benefits

    October 25 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone: 2019 health plans to see added benefits

    Consultations with doctors through telemedicine will be available at no out-of-pocket charge for the majority of participants in the health plans of GuideStone Financial Services in 2019. The popular Teladoc service provides a consultation with board-certified physicians via phone or computer.

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  • God’s love ‘chief motivation’ for medical clinic

    October 1 2018 by Seth Brown, BR Content Editor | with 0 comments
    God’s love ‘chief motivation’ for medical clinic

    NeighborHealth Center, a new faith-based community health center in Raleigh, N.C., opened its doors in June to offer primary care and other medical services to local residents, especially those from low-income, refugee and immigrant population “[God] cares for these people,” said Doug Briggs. “Communicating that love to them through our medical work is our chief motivation.”

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  • #MeToo, church awareness focus of study

    September 19 2018 by Bob Smietana, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    #MeToo, church awareness focus of study

    In recent months, churches have been rocked by high-profile accusations of sexual misconduct among clergy. While the Catholic Church’s continued abuse scandal has dominated the headlines, Protestant churches have also seen high profile pastors accused of sexual misconduct. A new LifeWay Research study shows one in eight Protestant senior pastors say …

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  • GuideStone eyes 2nd century of finance aid & service

    August 14 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone eyes 2nd century of finance aid & service

    In early August of 1918, William Lunsford, the founding chief executive of what today is GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, received a letter from trustee Cullen F. Thomas. In it, Lunsford was advised that the state of Texas on July 31 had granted the charter for what was named the Board of Ministerial Relief and Annuities.

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  • John Bisagno, pastor & church innovator, dies at 84

    August 7 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    John Bisagno, pastor & church innovator, dies at 84

    John Bisagno, an evangelistic innovator and longtime pastor of Houston’s First Baptist Church, died Aug. 5 in Nashville following a battle with cancer. He was 84. During Bisagno’s 30-year tenure at Houston’s First beginning in 1970, the congregation grew from fewer than 400 to 22,000 members, Baptist Press reported in 1999.

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  • Teens’ screen time linked to ADHD, spiritual problems

    August 2 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Teens’ screen time linked to ADHD, spiritual problems

    Teens who report high-frequency digital media use are twice as likely to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports. Christian mental health practitioners say excessive screen time can damage the soul as well.

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  • Pardue to be nominated N.C. Baptist 1st VP

    July 12 2018 by Biblical Recorder Staff | with 0 comments
    Pardue to be nominated N.C. Baptist 1st VP

    Micheal Pardue, pastor of First Baptist Icard in Connelly Springs, will be nominated for first vice president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina at the Nov. 5-6 annual meeting in Greensboro, Ed Yount announced July 11. Pardue is “uniquely qualified to help lead our convention to greater things,” Yount said.

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  • Study shows troubling picture of teens, mental health

    June 28 2018 by Helen Gibson, Facts & Trends | with 0 comments
    Study shows troubling picture of teens, mental health

    Mental health struggles and thoughts of suicide may be more common than church leaders realize – even among some of the youngest members of a congregation. Around 1 in 3 high school students (31.5 percent) say they’ve experienced persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, according to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey recently released by the Centers …

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  • Centennial, Mission:Dignity atop GuideStone report

    June 18 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Centennial, Mission:Dignity atop GuideStone report

    O.S. Hawkins brought the 100th report of GuideStone Financial Resources on Tuesday morning to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention during their June 12–13 in Dallas. Hawkins noted the privilege GuideStone has had of living out its founder’s vision. “A century ago, our founder, William Lunsford, stood before the Southern Baptist Convention in Hot …

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  • GuideStone to launch lower-cost Secure Health plan

    May 17 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone to launch lower-cost Secure Health plan

    Churches and pastors looking for budget-minded health care coverage as well as protection for their employees and their families have another option to consider coming this summer. GuideStone Financial Resources will roll out its new GuideStone Secure Health plan during the June 12-13 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas.

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  • Half the man he used to be: Pastor drops 240 pounds

    April 18 2018 by Roger Alford, Kentucky Today | with 0 comments
    Half the man he used to be: Pastor drops 240 pounds

    There’s a good reason for the spring in Jeremy Atwood’s step. The Glasgow, Ky., pastor has lost 240 pounds over the past two years on a quest to restore his physical and spiritual health. For Atwood, food had become a vice that was sapping his energy and hindering his ministry.

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  • SWBTS cuts staff due to health care, utility costs

    November 9 2017 by Tammi Reed Ledbetter, SWBTS | with 0 comments
    SWBTS cuts staff due to health care, utility costs

    Escalating health care costs, increased expenses for utilities and other higher education costs have prompted personnel cuts at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Initial adjustments to operations were not sufficient to stay within the $36.8 million 2017-2018 fiscal year budget set by the seminary’s trustees last spring.

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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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  • Baptist health care systems set merger

    May 4 2017 by William H. Perkins Jr., The Baptist Record | with 0 comments
    Baptist health care systems set merger

    Mississippi Baptist Health Systems in Jackson and Baptist Memorial Health Care in Memphis announced on May 1 the completion of a merger between the two regional health care giants, making the new operation one of the largest not-for-profit health care systems in the United States.

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