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2016 study of pastor salaries, benefits available

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist church staff members has exceeded the cost-of-living increase over the past two years. However, health insurance coverage continues to decline, according to the 2016 SBC Church Compensation Study. The biannual study is a joint project of state Baptist conventions, GuideStone Financial Resources and LifeWay Christian Resources. Compensation and congregational data is collected anonymously from ministers and office/custodial personnel of Southern Baptist churches and church-type missions.

Ill. adopts level budget, 43.25% for CP

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP)–Nearly 600 Illinois Baptists gathered in Springfield Nov. 10-11 for the Illinois Baptist State Association annual meeting. Messengers re-elected statewide officers, adopted budgets for the three IBSA boards, approved five resolutions and 15 new affiliated churches, and conducted other business while focusing on the theme “Churches on Mission.” Messengers approved 2011 budgets for […]

Ronnie Floyd holds Q&A session on GCR

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP)--More than 50 Illinois Baptists gathered Nov. 10 for a question-and-answer session with the chairman of a national task force studying how the Southern Baptist Convention can be more effective in advancing the Gospel.

Ill. Baptists emphasize church planting

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP)–Illinois Baptists welcomed 18 congregations into membership and focused on starting new churches during the 103rd annual meeting of the Illinois Baptist State Association Nov. 11-12 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. Messengers approved a 2010 budget of $9,060,400, a fraction of a percent less than the previous year due to an […]

NAMB task force discusses name, purpose; closes meetings to media

ATLANTA (BP)--The North American Great Commission Task Force held its first working meeting July 28, discussing its purpose and the need for a new name -- and voting to hold its meetings in private.

GCR task force to meet twice in August

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP)--The Southern Baptist Convention's Great Commission Resurgence Task Force will meet twice in August, once in Atlanta and once in Rogers, Ark.

Widow of slain Ill. pastor points to ‘celebration day’

MARYVILLE, Ill. (BP)--Cindy Winters, widow of slain Illinois pastor Fred Winters, told 1,900 people who attended his funeral that Sunday, March 8, was "celebration day" for her husband and that she refuses to harbor hatred.       "Fred and I talked so many times about how God is at work here in this church doing incredible things," she said during Winters' March 13 funeral at First Baptist Church in Maryville, Ill. "Nothing has changed. Our vision and purpose still remains the same."       Winters was fatally shot while preaching at the 1,500-member Southern Baptist church east of St. Louis.       Speaking for 20 minutes during a two-hour funeral service, Cindy Winters said, "I refuse to let Satan win. ... He's not going to steal my joy. He's not going to steal my passion. He's not going to steal my desire to spread God's Word. I'm not going to hate.       "And I will work to carry out the mission of this church and I know all of you will too," she said. "And I'm not going to survive this thing; I'm going to be a better person because of this thing."

Ill. Baptists increase CP giving again

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP)–Nearly 500 messengers gathered for the 102nd annual meeting of the Illinois Baptist State Association at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield Nov. 12-13, voting to increase Cooperative Program giving for the second year in a row, approving a revised constitution and reelecting officers. The CP increase was included in the $9.1 million […]

In court: Church’s use of former Wal-Mart

CARLINVILLE, Ill. (BP)--Carlinville Southern Baptist Church "can do everything we want in the new facility except use it for worship," the church's First Amendment attorney, Daniel Dalton, said.

WRAP-UP: Ill. Baptists mark anniversary

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., (BP)–The Illinois Baptist State Association celebrated the association’s centennial anniversary Nov. 6-8, increased its percentage of giving to the Cooperative Program and hosted its first International Mission Board appointment service. Inspirational sermons and music, a spirit of cooperation and special events characterized the meeting. The Tuesday night session, dedicated to the IBSA’s 1907 […]