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SBC DIGEST: Georgia to review CP allocation; December financial update from GuideStone

Task force will review how Georgia allocates CP funds By Roger Alford/The Christian Index MACON, Ga. – The Georgia Baptist Executive Committee has voted to create a task force to review the distribution of Cooperative Program funding. Chris Webb, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Mount Airy, made the motion, which passed 46-29 at a meeting in Macon on Tuesday (Dec. 14). Members of the task force would be appointed by Executive Committee Chairman Josh Saefkow, pastor of Flat Creek Baptist Church. Messengers to the Georgia Baptist Convention affirmed the 2022 budget at their annual meeting in Jonesboro last month, allocating $36,699,980 for state, national and international missions. “Georgia Baptists understand the great need to share the gospel of Jesus Christ,” said W. Thomas Hammond Jr., executive director of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board. “Our churches are equally committed to getting the gospel to Georgia and to the uttermost parts of the world.” The Georgia Baptist Mission Board’s budget allocates $7,400,178 to the International Mission Board from the Cooperative Program over the next year. The North American Mission would receive an additional $3,345,567 from Georgia’s Cooperative Program gifts. The budget also allocates $7.2 million to the Georgia Baptist Mission Board to strengthen in-state churches and their pastors.

December financial update with David Spika NASHVILLE (BP) – GuideStone Financial Resources’ David Spika joined Baptist Press’ Jonathan Howe to discuss the economic takeaways from the COVID-19 pandemic. The two also discuss the job market, the stock market and a potential economic downturn.

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