David Hankins

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COOPERATIVE PROGRAM: Greatness worth guarding

Having studied and observed many organizational models, David Hankins writes that nothing compares to Southern Baptist cooperation -- "when we work it, when we actually cooperate."

FIRST-PERSON: A half-century of ministry

Reflecting on several 50-year milestones, David Hankins ponders longstanding aspirations of faithfulness, fulfillment and fruitfulness.

KATRINA 2005-15: ‘We remember’

ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP) -- It's hard to believe it has been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina left her mark across southeast Louisiana. Who can forget how we felt when we saw the broken levees, the flooded homes and churches, the devastation at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, the Superdome refugees and the broken lives. Just a month later, approximately 200 miles to the west, Lake Charles and southwest Louisiana were coming to grips with the devastation left by Hurricane Rita.

Why I will not sign

ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)–Recently a number of conservative Southern Baptist leaders endorsed the document, “A Southern Baptist Declaration on the Environment and Climate Change,” which asserts: “We believe our current denominational engagement with [climate change] issues has often been too timid, failing to produce a unified moral voice. Our cautious response to these issues in the […]

FIRST-PERSON: Cooperative Program at the crossroads

"We need leaders who understand the importance of Cooperative Program to the success of our entities’ ministries. We need leaders who will model sacrificial percentage giving from the churches, especially when so many churches are choosing to decrease their level of support."
David Hankins
ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)--The Executive Committee of the SBC will present a report to the Southern Baptist Convention next month that concerns the Cooperative Program. I was privileged to serve on the committee that developed the report. The purpose of the report is to alert Southern Baptists to a serious decline in Cooperative Program percentage giving and to encourage them to adopt strategies to reverse this decline. The solutions will not materialize overnight, but steps can be taken that will begin to have immediate impact.

FIRST-PERSON: Five words for those wanting to help with relief

ALEXANDRIA, La. (BP)--Five important words for those who want to help with the Louisiana disaster response:

The Operative Word is Co

As a young pastor, I heard older colleagues refer to the "co (long o) – operative" program, pronouncing "cooperative" as if it were really two words. For someone who always said "kwopertive," this sounded strange. I concluded that it must be a colloquialism. The answer, however, is that "Co-Operative Program" was its original name. The […]