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FIRST-PERSON: Cooperation results from being cooperative

For most Southern Baptists, the phrase Cooperative Program is a denominational code for money.  There is nothing really wrong with that since it does describe the major funding process for our work.  But the Cooperative Program is much more.  It describes people working together, believing they can do much more in partnership than as individuals.

Southern Baptist preachers focus on humility, unity, Great Commission at final T4G

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) – Several Southern Baptist pastors spoke during the final Together for the Gospel (T4G) conference April 19-21, including H.B. Charles, Greg Gilbert, Juan Sanchez and T4G cofounder Mark Dever.

FROM THE STATES: Braves to help tell story of Georgia Baptists; Tennessee DR helping in wildfire aftermath

Atlanta Braves to help spread the word about Georgia Baptist ministries; Tennessee DR volunteers help neighbors search for memories after wildfires.

Two years in, Cooperative Program strength disproves dire pandemic predictions

NASHVILLE (BP) – Economic predictions were dire when most churches and businesses effectively shut down in-person operations in mid-March 2020. However, the gloomy forecasts about the effects COVID-19 would have on charitable giving as a whole didn’t pan out.

FIRST-PERSON: The Lord knows we need each other

NASHVILLE (BP) – It was in the third grade that I learned there were countries that weren’t open to Christianity, yet there were people committed to share the hope of Jesus Christ with people who lived in those countries. Mrs. Smart was my teacher at Stone Mountain Christian School in Stone Mountain, Ga., who shared that story with me.

FIRST-PERSON: 2022 SBC Pastors’ Conference update

FAIRVIEW, Texas (BP) – Here are four things to watch leading up to the 2022 SBC Pastors’ Conference.

SBC DIGEST: Asian ministry initiatives highlighted at recent gatherings

NASHVILLE (BP) – Several recent ministry gatherings reflect the growth of Asian ministries in the Southern Baptist Convention both past and present.

Local association sponsors Hispanic education programs

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (BP) - Southern Baptist churches in the Robertson County Baptist Association have partnered together to sponsor education programs in Spanish for Hispanics in the community to receive either their High School Equivalency or a certificate in Biblical Studies.

Vietnamese Baptists elect first executive director, vote to expand missions footprint

PLANO, Texas (BP) – Although limited in attendance due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, attendees at the Vietnamese Baptist Union of North America’s 36th annual conference held July 1-4 voted to expand its mission efforts, elect an executive director and adopt the Vision 2025 platform.

Most pastors feel supported by other local ministers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The vast majority of pastors say they feel support from other ministers in their communities, but that encouragement is less prevalent in some places.