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  • 100-year-old seamstress makes dresses to pack in shoeboxes

    October 16 2017 by Samaritan’s Purse | with 0 comments
    100-year-old seamstress makes dresses to pack in shoeboxes

    100-year-old Eva Bossenberger is making dresses that will soon be packed in shoeboxes and distributed to little girls across the world who need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

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  • Charitable giving up from previous year, ECFA finds

    December 7 2016 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Charitable giving up from previous year, ECFA finds

    Charitable donations to a diversity of Christian organizations including churches, schools and advocacy groups increased in 2015 over the previous year, according to the latest statistics released by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. The 12.5 billion given in 2015 was 2.2 percent greater than 2014’s giving of $12.2 billion.

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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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  • Struggling church keeps missions, CP focus

    June 3 2016 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Struggling church keeps missions, CP focus

    In a small country town where everybody knows everybody, word spread quickly that the Baptist church was without a pastor. But three years later, the news in Fort Ashby, W. Va., wasn’t news anymore. Even during its lengthy search for a pastor and with few people in the pews …
     

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  • Budget shortfalls hamper 3 in 10 churches surveyed

    March 11 2016 by Bob Smietana, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Budget shortfalls hamper 3 in 10 churches surveyed

    When it comes to finances, the new normal for many American churches seems to be “just getting by.” A third of Protestant senior pastors say their church’s giving was under budget in 2015, according to LifeWay Research. One in five saw their finances decline.

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  • Churches keep commitment to CP despite struggles

    March 7 2016 by Tammi Reed Ledbetter/Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 0 comments
    Churches keep commitment to CP despite struggles

    Ken Weathersby, vice president for convention advancement at the Executive Committee of the SBC, told those attending the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention’s Empower Conference luncheon, “We have a great cause to cooperate together to do what Christ Jesus is calling us to do.”

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  • Missions-focused church donates reserve funds to IMB

    December 8 2015 by Jane Rodgers, Southern Baptist TEXAN | with 1 comments
    Missions-focused church donates reserve funds to IMB

    A small church in east Texas has made a sizeable gift to the International Mission Board, even though doing so meant sacrificing funds that could have been used for a permanent building. They were meeting in temporary facilities and saving money for a permanent building when they heard about the IMB decision ...

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  • Study: Thankfulness still priority at Thanksgiving

    November 13 2015 by Aaron Earls, LifeWay Research | with 0 comments
    Study: Thankfulness still priority at Thanksgiving

    For Americans, Thanksgiving is about faith and family, and not much else, a new study shows. More than half tell LifeWay Research the most important part of the annual holiday is “being thankful to God for my blessings.” Nearly 4 in 10 say “time with family and friends” tops their Thanksgiving priorities.

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  • Indiana Baptists called to ‘lift Him up’

    November 6 2015 by Steve McNeil, State Convention of Baptists in Indiana | with 0 comments
    Indiana Baptists called to ‘lift Him up’

    Gathering around the theme “lift Him up,” messengers to the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana voted to continue for a second straight year forwarding a record percentage of Cooperative Program receipts to Southern Baptist Convention causes. Fall Creek Baptist Church in Indianapolis acted as host to the Oct. 12-13 gathering.

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  • EC members heed call to increase CP for IMB

    October 30 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    EC members heed call to increase CP for IMB

    Since adopting a resolution in September pledging to “encourage and lead” their churches to “give more than ever before through the Cooperative Program (CP),” at least 17 of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee’s 79 members have already recommended increases in CP giving at the churches where they are members.

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  • Cooperative Program nurtured, climbs in fiscal year

    October 5 2015 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Cooperative Program nurtured, climbs in fiscal year

    It’s been an uplifting year for the Cooperative Program. The church led by Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd reached the $1-million mark during its 2014-15 budget year in giving to Southern Baptists’ cornerstone channel for supporting missions and ministries – state by state, nationally and internationally.

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  • EC calls for increased CP to remedy IMB shortfall

    September 23 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    EC calls for increased CP to remedy IMB shortfall

    In response to the International Mission Board’s announcement of a personnel reduction, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee has adopted a resolution urging Southern Baptist churches to give “more than ever before” through the Cooperative Program. The resolution was adopted during the Executive Committee’s Sept. 21-22 in Nashville …

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  • GCR after 5 years: ‘satisfied’ but still challenges

    August 12 2015 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    GCR after 5 years: ‘satisfied’ but still challenges

    Five years after the Southern Baptist Convention’s Great Commission Task Force (GCTF) called for a “Great Commission Resurgence,” Baptist leaders say the GCTF’s recommendations have contributed to a renewed focus on missions and the reversal of a 30-year decline in Cooperative Program giving as a percentage of churches’ undesignated receipts.

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  • Church of 50 founded, grounded in CP

    April 6 2015 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Church of 50 founded, grounded in CP

    Founded in 1968, Cornerstone Community Church in Winona, Minn. began with the support of the Cooperative Program (CP) and has continued to flourish and reproduce in partnership with the CP. Today, the church that gives 16 percent of its undesignated income to the CP.

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  • Small church gives 30 percent through CP

    January 7 2015 by Karen L. Willoughby, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Small church gives 30 percent through CP

    Almyra First Baptist has given 30 percent of undesignated offerings to missions through the Cooperative Program for about 60 years. “Because of what they do for a living, many of them can’t go [on mission trips,] but they want to be supportive of what Southern Baptists are doing around the world.”

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