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  • Housing allowance defended in appeals court

    October 26 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone, and Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Housing allowance defended in appeals court

    Lawyers for both the U.S. Justice Department and a religious freedom organization defended the constitutionality of the ministerial housing allowance Oct. 24 before a federal appeals court. A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago heard oral arguments regarding a 2017 opinion that invalidated the allowance as an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment …

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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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  • GuideStone assesses stock market’s recent volatility

    October 24 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone assesses stock market’s recent volatility

    Increased market volatility, which has commanded increased headlines in the days leading up to the November mid-term elections, has caught many by surprise. However, David S. Spika, chief strategic investment officer for GuideStone Financial Resources, noted that stock market volatility is a common and normal occurrence.

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  • GuideStone launches new era at Pinnacle Tower

    August 23 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone launches new era at Pinnacle Tower

    Reflecting on the number of days GuideStone Financial Resources has served hundreds of thousands of participants, O.S. Hawkins noted that Aug. 20, 2018 – the first day at GuideStone’s new home – was a momentous one, following the 100th anniversary of its beginnings in Dallas on July 31, 1918.

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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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  • GuideStone marks centennial anniversary

    August 13 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone marks centennial anniversary

    Marking the 100th anniversary of GuideStone Financial Resources, the Southern Baptist entity’s trustees gathered July 30-31 in regular session to hear ministry reports from its executive leadership team and staff. Trustees gave thanks to the Lord for the entity’s ministry and for the vision of founder William Lunsford.

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  • #MeToo confronts small churches, bivocational pastors

    July 26 2018 by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    #MeToo confronts small churches, bivocational pastors

    Amid the #MeToo movement, conferences and seminaries have heightened their focus on training pastors to prevent and report sexual abuse. But associational leader Sean McMahon worries those training efforts are leaving out a sizable group of pastors: small church and bivocational “heroes” who “work 55-60 hours a week in their normal job …

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  • Tariff concerns needn’t be ‘distraction’ to investors

    July 13 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Tariff concerns needn’t be ‘distraction’ to investors

    Current news of tariffs and trade disputes has added volatility to the financial markets due to the uncertainty it creates but likely will have little impact on long-term investors, according to analysts with GuideStone Financial Resources. Despite initial concerns that the moves could hamper growth, global markets have generally continued to trade …

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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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  • Mission: Dignity offers life-saving ministry

    June 11 2018 by Dianna L. Cagle, BR Production Editor | with 2 comments
    Mission: Dignity offers life-saving ministry

    At 85, Hilda Mount celebrates little things – still living on her own and being able to get around a bit. While she can’t move as well or as fast as she once did, Mount expresses gratitude at how God has blessed her through her family and Mission:Dignity (M:D). “I just want to thank everybody who …

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  • Mission:Dignity seeks eligible retiree recipients

    June 1 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Mission:Dignity seeks eligible retiree recipients

    Be intentional. That’s the message John Ambra, director of development for Mission:Dignity, wants Southern Baptists to hear. The ministry is searching for retired Southern Baptist ministers, workers and their widows who need financial assistance – people who may find it hard to ask for help or may not know it’s there.

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  • Mission:Dignity affirms couple’s trust in God’s care

    May 23 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    Mission:Dignity affirms couple’s trust in God’s care

    No matter how little they appeared to have, Roy and Janice Southern understood one undeniable truth: You can’t out-give the Lord. Whether it was helping a fellow seminary student at Criswell College pay for his textbooks or giving from their Mission:Dignity gift to a widow they knew couldn’t afford her medicine, the Southerns have been faithful to share.

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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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  • GuideStone to mark 100th anniversary at SBC

    May 16 2018 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone Financial Resources | with 0 comments
    GuideStone to mark 100th anniversary at SBC

    One hundred years ago, messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention in Hot Springs, Ark., created a Board of Ministerial Relief and Annuities, which today has become a $15 billion financial services organization known as GuideStone Financial Resources.

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  • GuideStone, ERLC defend ministerial housing allowance

    May 4 2018 by Tom Strode, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    GuideStone, ERLC defend ministerial housing allowance

    Two Southern Baptist entities have urged a federal appeals court to uphold the constitutionality of the ministerial housing allowance. GuideStone Financial Resources and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief filed that asks the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court decision invalidating the exemption.

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