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Georgia Baptists make financial adjustments in light of 20-year audit study

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (BP) – The process of rectifying a challenging financial situation for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board (GBMB) begins with an assessment of where things stand, state leadership said at a meeting of the GBMB Executive Committee Tuesday (Sept. 15).

Charles Stanley transitions to pastor emeritus at First Baptist Atlanta, Anthony George named senior pastor

ATLANTA (BP) -- In a video announcement following the online service at First Baptist Church in Atlanta today, longtime pastor Charles Stanley announced his transition to pastor emeritus.

FIRST-PERSON: The election and beyond

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) – In the course of my day, I have a list of the things that need to get done, divided into areas of urgency. They’re all important, but depending on deadlines and other factors, some get precedence. They’re just too important to ignore.

Georgia church passes 7,000 in COVID testing, extends service through August

DECATUR, Ga. (BP) -- Free testing for SARSCoV2 at Greenforest Community Baptist Church has been extended through August, Senior Pastor Emory D. Berry Jr., announced Aug. 6. 

No pause for coronavirus, ‘Soul Patrol’ has stayed on track

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. (BP) -- Since mid-January Pastor Steve Pickern of SonRise Community Church has led 186 people to the Lord. Should Pickern keep the pace he established Jan. 16, the number of those who accept Christ through his one-on-one evangelism will surpass 500 this year. Whether at Walmart, a restaurant, pumping gas, or anywhere, the 66-year-old asks others what would happen if they died that day. Sure, some say no to his invitation, but at least one a day since he started has said yes.

Georgia student pastor works with Maryland COVID-19 patients

LAUREL, Md. (BP) -- It's a Wednesday like many others of late. Chris Codding logs onto Zoom and chats with teens he leads as a volunteer student pastor at Cassville Baptist Church. He brings a devotional. They talk about what they've been doing and share prayer requests. After leaving the meeting just before 7 p.m., Codding gets ready for the next part of his evening. Surrounded by old X-ray copies in an otherwise empty storage room at Laurel Medical Center, he puts on the N95 mask that had been hanging around his neck. He secures his surgical gown and puts on a pair of gloves, then another pair on top of those. A second surgical mask goes over his N95 so he doesn't have to change it so often. A cap goes over his hair. Then comes a pair of goggles, followed by a face shield.

A haven for victims of trafficking in Georgia

ALBANY, Ga. (BP) -- Getting people to talk to you at a hotel known for prostitution and drugs isn't that difficult, says Rhiannon Dobson. All the time, she asserts, people are watching. "We'll cruise the parking lots and knock on doors. Everyone wants something for free, man," testifies Dobson, a member of Sherwood Baptist Church and co-founder of Rahab's Haven, a separate ministry that reaches out to the lower-income community, and in particular, those impacted by human trafficking.

Hunt preaches final sermon as pastor of FBC Woodstock

WOODSTOCK, Ga. (BP) -- In its unmistakable cadence Johnny Hunt's voice echoed across the sanctuary at First Baptist Church Woodstock, Ga., Sunday morning (Dec. 1), saying the world wanted to know how to find "the way." "I believe there's a question the whole world is asking," Hunt declared to the crowd filling the 7,500-seat worship center. "You'll say, 'Oh preacher, you're being narrow. There's people who just aren't interested in knowing about Christ.'

Ga. Baptist Mission Board rolls out restructuring plans

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) -- Georgia Baptist Mission Board Executive Director W. Thomas Hammond, Jr., rolled out restructuring plans Tuesday (March 12) during the Mission Board's executive committee meeting. With various multi-colored maps on display, Hammond's report on the mission board's future included details on how there will be no "Baptist Building," no large collection of departments and no expectations of attending meetings that often involve a stop-and-go crawl through Atlanta traffic. Hammond also outlined a new focus for resourcing churches and pastors, the ones he calls his "heroes."