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Ala. reaches longtime 50/50 CP goal

TRUSSVILLE, Ala. (BP) -- From reaching budget goals to achieving new highs in offering giving to making plans for the long-range future, Alabama Baptists have a lot about which to get excited, said Rick Lance, executive director of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions. This year the state reached a 50/50 split of Cooperative Program funds between the state's budget and the Southern Baptist Convention causes for the first time. It's a goal Alabama Baptists have been working toward for several years -- and reached five years early.

Longtime Ala. Baptist editor announces retirement

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- After 50 years of serving Baptist newspapers -- 43 of those years in the lead editor role -- Bob Terry is retiring Dec. 31. Terry, an Alabama native who became editor of The Alabama Baptist (TAB) in 1995, has repeatedly led the paper to rise to the top among its peers. For more than two decades, it has been named annually in the top three regional Christian newspapers. He also has won numerous personal awards for his editorials and news writing.

Ala. Baptists spotlight CP, Samford relationship

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (BP) -- For several years, the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM) has been leading the Alabama Baptist State Convention (ABSC) to move its budget toward a 50–50 split of funds with Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministry causes. What started out as a gradual goal was accomplished this year as Samford University in Birmingham withdrew from state convention funding, freeing up $3.5 million. With that in mind, messengers to the annual meeting Nov. 14-15 at Whitesburg Baptist Church, Huntsville, Ala., unanimously approved a $37 million budget for 2018 -- $3 million less than the current year's $40 million budget to be more in line with current giving receipts.