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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — In a statement posted on Wednesday, Feb. 21, Send Relief leaders reaffirmed the relief organization’s commitment, announced in June 2022, to provide up to $3 million in funds for the Southern Baptist Convention’s efforts in sexual abuse prevention and response and compassionate care for survivors, but clarified the funds would not be used to fund an organization outside the SBC.

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Long-term sexual abuse reforms, financial updates highlight EC meeting

The SBC Executive Committee met in Nashville Feb. 19-20. Photo by Brandon Porter.

NASHVILLE (BP) – At its meeting Feb. 19-20, the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee adopted a reduced Cooperative Program Allocation budget, deemed four churches not in friendly cooperation with the SBC and learned of the potential launch of a new non-profit organization to manage long-term sexual abuse reforms.

Missouri lay pastor uses ‘borrowed time’ to help start rural church

John Parks, a lay pastor with Calvary Baptist Church in Chillicothe, Missouri, preaches to the congregation in nearby Chula. Calvary Baptist is replanting the church in Chula after Chula Baptist Church had to close its doors. Parks began coordinating the ministry in Chula after Calvary Baptist, his home church, took on the work of replanting a church that will serve Chula’s population of 200 people. Photo submitted

CHULA, Mo. (BP) – John Parks’ niece has a name for him – cat of nine lives. To look back at his last decade, one would have to agree.



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