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SBC DIGEST: Arkansas church prioritizes CP; 2021 Blume event canceled

Cross Church increases CP giving to $1.4M

By Sarah Vaughn

SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Cross Church in northwest Arkansas has announced a 10-year vision for all four of its campuses as well as an increase in its giving through the Cooperative Program.

The announced increase of $50,000 brings its total CP giving to $1.4 million. Cross Church is second-highest in CP giving in the Southern Baptist Convention.

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“Like many other churches, we were uncertain what the COVID crisis was going to mean for our church in many ways, including financially,” Senior Pastor Nick Floyd said. “God has blessed and taken care of us in great ways. Ever since we got aggressive several years ago in our CP giving, we have seen the blessing of God in our church. We kept our budget as a church flat for this next year with all the uncertainty but found ways to cut back at home so we could give more away through the Cooperative Program.”

“We really do believe our church can change the world. But we equally believe we can’t reach the world alone,” Floyd said. “We’re able to do way more when we combine our efforts and resources with thousands of other SBC churches than we could do alone.”

Read the full story here [2].


Blume missions event canceled

By BP Staff

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) – WMU has announced that Blume, a missions event for girls scheduled for summer 2021, has been canceled.

The event was originally planned for July 8-11, 2020, but was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“After prayerful consideration, the general board of national WMU and our Blume planning committee are in agreement to cancel our Blume event planned for summer 2021,” WMU said in a statement. “We encourage Acteens groups and girls ministry groups to make plans to impact their own communities next summer by finding ways to share God’s love as you reach out and serve together as we would have done through Blume.”

Blume is a missions conference in which fifth-12th grade girls have the opportunity to worship, serve in missions projects, hear from International Mission Board and North American Mission Board missionaries, participate in Bible studies and breakout sessions and other interactive activities.

More information about the event can be found at blumeforgirls.com [4].