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CP giving steady in March, above budget after six months

NASHVILLE (BP) – Halfway through the fiscal year, giving through the Cooperative Program by Southern Baptist churches remains above budget as churches continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entity leaders reflect on how COVID-19 has changed the Southern Baptist Convention

NASHVILLE (BP) – On the night of March 11, 2020, Ronnie Floyd sat in his home in suburban Nashville and watched as the NBA put its season on hold. Several college basketball conference tournaments had pressed pause earlier in the day. President Donald Trump addressed the nation. COVID-19 had made its arrival known in the United States. Floyd knew things were changing and changing fast.

February giving report reflects continued challenges of COVID-19, weather

NASHVILLE (BP) – Church closures related to COVID-19 and winter weather in the Deep South slowed giving through the Cooperative Program in early 2021, but Southern Baptists remained faithful in their commitment to fueling global missions and ministry. Through the first five months of the budget year, giving is still above the national CP budget by more than 3 percent.

Stone discusses ‘wave revivals,’ ‘toning down the rhetoric’ in BP interview

BLACKSHEAR, Ga. (BP) – The story isn’t a pulpit exaggeration. Mike Stone, the longtime pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, proudly owns a record for beard length on a turkey. Almost 10 years ago now, Stone bagged a bird with a 16.5-inch beard, which ranks No. 16 in the National Wild Turkey Federation’s world rankings.

NAMB appeals to Supreme Court in McRaney case, claims first amendment protections

WASHINGTON (BP) – The North American Mission board has filed a petition with the Supreme Court of the United States in its ongoing case involving a lawsuit against the board filed by a former Southern Baptist state executive director.

NAMB trustees unanimously affirm cooperation, mission strategy of leadership

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – The board of trustees for the North American Mission Board unanimously passed a resolution on cooperation and missional strategy at their February 2021 board meeting.

CP giving rebounds in January, above budget for fiscal year

NASHVILLE (BP) – After a slow start to the budget year, giving through the Cooperative Program rebounded in January with more than $19.3 million being given to support national and international missions and ministries.

Urging cooperation, SBC EC issues white paper to NAMB, state executives

NASHVILLE (BP) – After meetings with both parties, the SBC Executive Committee has issued a white paper to six state conventions and the North American Mission Board urging cooperation among the groups and the settlement of a dispute over cooperative missions.

Fire guts Cowpens church sanctuary on Christmas weekend

COWPENS, S.C. (BP) -- A fire raged through the buildings of Cowpens First Baptist Church on Saturday (Dec. 26). More than a dozen local fire stations responded, but ultimately the sanctuary and the attached education building were declared a complete loss.

Southern Baptist college pleads for $500K by end of 2020 to remain open

MARION, Ala. (BP) – Judson College, the only Southern Baptist women’s college in the United States, is on the brink of closure according to a letter released last week (Dec. 15) by the president of the school.