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State Board celebrates continued Kingdom ministry

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) – Rather than a message of retreat, the State Board of Missions heard how the Florida Baptist Convention and its churches are moving forward, celebrating new opportunities to seize God’s blessings in the midst of a pandemic.

Cooperative Program giving tops $16M for second consecutive month

NASHVILLE (BP) -- With only one month remaining in the 2020 fiscal year, giving through the Cooperative Program remains steady despite challenges faced by churches and members through the COVID-19 global pandemic. Gifts in August totaled more than $16 million, marking the first time that threshold has been reached in consecutive months since the pandemic began.

Cooperative Program giving rebounds in July for highest monthly total since February

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Continued financial faithfulness of Southern Baptists has pushed monthly giving through the Cooperative Program to levels not seen since before the COVID-19 global pandemic. July's total giving through the national CP allocation budget totaled nearly $17 million -- the highest monthly total since February.

CP helps Washington church deal with its reality

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Pastor Dan Panter's awareness of the effectiveness of the Cooperative Program dates to his 24 years in the U.S. Navy. An active Southern Baptist who rose from being an enlisted man to Lieutenant Commander, Panter would look up which missionaries were near where his deployments would be taking him.

FIRST-PERSON: A climate of change

Kie Bowman recounts how despite cultural upheaval, Southern Baptists came together to reach the world for Christ. "Southern Baptists have a history of choosing action," he says.

Cooperative Program giving highest in three months, down only 1.47% for year

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Gifts to the national Cooperative Program Allocation Budget for June 2020 were below budget by almost $1.3 million, but the deficit was much less than projections for the month as the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to impact churches financially. The $15,106,500.79 given through the Cooperative Program was 4.11 percent less than the same month last year.

Highland Avenue engages next generation in missions

ROBINSON, Ill. -- The purpose of Highland Avenue Baptist Church is to spread the Gospel, Pastor Dwight McDaniel said. This starts with allocating 13 percent of its undesignated offerings to missions through the Cooperative Program, the way Southern Baptists work together worldwide in missions and ministries to advance God's kingdom work.

Economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic slows Cooperative Program giving

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Gifts to the national Cooperative Program Allocation Budget for May 2020 were below budget by more than $1.5 million as the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to impact churches financially. The $14,802,344.02 given through the Cooperative Program was 16.08 percent less than the same month last year.

Church reaches the world from small Alaska town

VALDEZ, Alaska (BP) -- David Bradley, pastor of First Baptist Church of Valdez, isn't hard to find. That's because Valdez is a small town. Check the post office, grocery store, hardware store, senior center, or numerous eating establishments, and you'll find him. Bradley looks for people to talk with.

Missionaries strive to advance Gospel as IMB adapts to financial challenges

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Like their fellow Southern Baptists in the United States, International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries are adjusting to government lockdowns and other difficulties caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Yet many of them continue to labor for the Gospel, even as IMB leaders adapt to new financial realities brought on by the coronavirus.