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SBC DIGEST: WMU to host Anaheim missions tour; GuideStone holds Employee Benefits Summit

WMU to host experiential tour with missions leaders in Anaheim

By Julie Walters/WMU

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) – WMU will host a two-day excursion on coach buses on June 12-13, providing the opportunity to engage with 20-plus ministry leaders prior to the 2022 SBC Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

“This year’s WMU missions celebration will be a unique experience,” said Connie Dixon, president of national WMU. “I’m so excited for the opportunity to see all God is doing through His people in California as we explore mission points near Anaheim and celebrate the many faces of the SBC through local ethnic groups and cultures. Come learn more about local ministry efforts, experience the culture, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of California.”

Embark: WMU’s Rolling Missions Adventure offers an opportunity to experience missions and ministry in the surrounding area. On Sunday, the first stop will be for prayer walking and a Missions Celebration on the campus of Gateway Seminary. From there each bus will travel to a different ministry point or church plant.

On Monday, the first stop will be Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier with the opportunity to prayer walk, visit with ministry leaders, and enjoy the beach. From there, buses will travel together to Chinese Baptist Church of Orange County and then separately to different missions venues.

Experienced missions advocates will make this a memorable and meaningful experience, including missions speakers on each coach bus.

Buses will depart between 11:30 a.m. and noon each day and return by 6 p.m. Pickup and drop-off on Sunday is at the Hilton Anaheim. Pickup and drop-off on Monday is at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The registration fee – which includes round-trip coach bus transportation on Sunday and Monday – is $40 per person. Those with their own transportation may prefer to join the group at any or all of the following three missions points for a $10 registration fee: Sunday at Gateway Seminary, Monday at Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier and Monday at Chinese Baptist Church of Orange County.

Everyone and all ages are welcome. Families will enjoy this unique opportunity to discover and pray for missions efforts on the West Coast.

Advance registration is required and space is limited. Learn more and register at wmu.com/Anaheim.

GuideStone’s Employee Benefits Summit provides up-to-date insight, resources for leaders

By Roy Hayhurst/GuideStone

DALLAS (BP) – Almost 150 church and ministry business, HR and finance leaders from 22 states left Dallas with actionable insights and encouragement after the GuideStone Employee Benefits Summit (EBS). This year marked the first time the normally annual event could occur in two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While we were able to offer an EBS webinar series in place of an in-person event last year, we are grateful to be back hosting our fourth in-person EBS,” GuideStone President Hance Dilbeck said. “We combined the expertise of 11 GuideStone employee speakers and 13 outside experts to provide more than two dozen sessions for the benefit of these church and ministry leaders.”

Speakers included leaders from GuideStone in retirement benefits, insurance coverage, and outside experts in cybersecurity, staff wellness, crisis counseling, sexual abuse prevention, and leadership. Gateway Seminary President Jeff Iorg and North American Mission Board Vice President Trevin Wax provided keynote addresses. Attendees were able to obtain CPE credits for CPAs and CEU credits for Certified Church Administrators in The Church Network.

“The Employee Benefits Summit offers our second and third chair leaders a place to network, share insights and hear from leaders who understand churches and ministries,” Dilbeck said. “We at GuideStone love the church and its leaders and want them to be successful to help their staff start well, do well, be well, and finish well. EBS is one of the ways we equip those leaders to serve well in their churches and ministries.”

During a session on building an effective compensation plan, GuideStone senior relationship manager Greg Love said providing a proper compensation plan – including not using a lump sum package approach – demonstrates to pastors and ministry leaders that they are cared for by the church or ministry.

“At this point in my career, I’ve met with thousands of pastors,” Love said. “What I’ve come to realize is that most pastors serving our churches silently struggle as they navigate personal financial challenges. As a church or ministry, your compensation decisions will either improve or hinder the quality of life for your employees and their families today. Churches and ministries can glorify God and steward and manage their resources by following best business practices for compensating pastors and ministry leaders.”

(For more information on building a proper compensation plan, GuideStone offers its Compensation Planning Guide for free.)

Mike Martin, assistant executive director of business and finance for the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention, had the distinction of traveling the longest distance to attend the two-day EBS conference. He said the conference provided a great opportunity for collaboration to help them as they provide resources for kingdom work.

“My favorite aspect is networking with other individuals who want to provide up-to-date resources dealing with the business side of ministry,” Martin said. “Connecting with other like-minded individuals and organizations is important as we move forward to serve those who are serving the Lord. I’d tell anybody in a business role in a church or ministry: Start planning to be part of this great event! Resource your staff and individuals to connect with other like-minded people who want to serve the Lord and their ministries. Attending the EBS is more than a seminar; it is a start of building partnerships and friendships that last a lifetime.”

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