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Cooperation Group recommendations expected for late April, early May

NASHVILLE (BP) — Recommendations from the group tasked with defining what it means to be in friendly cooperation with the Southern Baptist Convention are expected to be presented in late April or early May.

Jeff Iorg to be nominated to lead SBC Executive Committee

NASHVILLE (BP) — A special-called meeting will take place March 21 for SBC Executive Committee members to consider the nomination of Jeff Iorg as the next EC president and CEO. 

West Texas Baptist camp protests construction of adjacent oilfield waste facility

LENORAH, Texas (BP) – Circle Six Baptist Camp and Conference Center is a vital resource for John Bocko, youth and worship pastor at First Baptist Church in Lamesa.

Summer camps set to run ahead in 2024

NASHVILLE (BP) – Years after a summer of practically no camps, the institution is continuing its comeback. And according to a study from the Christian Camp and Conference Association (CCCA), the figures have caught up with and even exceeded pre-COVID numbers.

Responses continue over ARC announcement, funding and future

NASHVILLE (BP) — It was meant to be a moment of levity, one that pointed to the current financial challenges of the Southern Baptist Convention amid a desire to continue a response to sexual abuse reform that first gained a foothold in the Executive Committee five years ago.

Goal of new organization is ‘abuse-free family of churches,’ ARITF chair says at press conference

NASHVILLE (BP) – In a press conference Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 20), the SBC’s Abuse Reform Implementation Task Force chairman Josh Wester reiterated that the ARC, a new organization he announced to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee the night before, would be an independent 501(C)(3), separate from the Southern Baptist Convention.

CP Allocation Budget total to decrease, auditors say EC financial practices remain viable

NASHVILLE (BP) — Executive Committee members voted Feb. 20 to recommend a 2024-25 Cooperative Program Allocation Budget of $190,250,000 based on current CP receipts and detailed predictive analysis of state convention projected budgets. 

Independent organization proposed for long-term sexual abuse response among Southern Baptists

NASHVILLE (BP) — A soon-to-be launched independent non-profit organization will be devoted to helping Southern Baptist churches and entities prevent and respond to sexual abuse.

States celebrate Cooperative Program gains

NASHVILLE (BP) – A record contribution through the Cooperative Program from one state convention reflects gains others have experienced in gifts received through Southern Baptists’ primary missions-supporting mechanism.

John Cooper has something to say, and thinks you do too

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (BP) — As the founder and decades-long frontman for the rock band Skillet, John Cooper's straightforward opinions mirror the musical style that has brought numerous awards and nominations over the years.