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FIRST-PERSON: Grateful for my Baptist brothers and sisters

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (BP) – God called me into full-time Christian service on a mission trip in 1977. Our church in Forest Park, Ga., had commissioned a team to travel to Sells, Ariz., in partnership with our Home Mission Board (HMB), now the North American Mission Board (NAMB), to do Vacation Bible School, Backyard Bible Clubs, and a revival on the Indian Reservation of the Tohono O’odham Indians. It was on the Monday night revival service at the First Papago Baptist Church that I received and responded to that call to ministry.

CP giving finishes first quarter 10 percent above last year, 5 percent above budget

NASHVILLE (BP) – At the end of the first quarter of the 2021-22 fiscal year, giving through the national Cooperative Program Allocation Budget continues to remain strong with more than $50 million given to national and international missions and ministries – an increase of more than 10 percent over last year’s giving totals.

Meadowood ministers locally, regionally and globally

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (BP) – Meadowood Baptist Church thrives in this Oklahoma City suburb as a result of its emphasis on missions, prayer, unflinching preaching, and a team approach.

Baptist Press lets readers hear from SBC entity and seminary leaders

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Cooperative Program is one of the key ways Southern Baptist work together. Beginning today, Baptist Press is letting readers hear from key leaders across the Southern Baptist Convention on the impact they are making through the Cooperative Program.

FIRST-PERSON: Stop stealing from my mother-in-law

ONTARIO, Calif. (BP) – My mother-in-law is an 88-year old loyal Southern Baptist who lives on a fixed income in a modest retirement center. She loves the Lord, her church and Southern Baptists. She has been a lifelong advocate of the Cooperative Program and understands, as a contributing member of a Southern Baptist church, she is a primary funder of Gateway Seminary. She reflects that understanding when she often asks, “How is my seminary doing?”

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

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).

SBC DIGEST: VBS previews; Tennessee church shares blessings; NFL great Mark Pike dies

VBS Previews set to help churches ‘maximize kingdom impact’; First Baptist, Hendersonville, passes blessing on to others; Former Bills great Mark Pike, son of Kentucky Baptist pastor, dies from cancer.

CP giving continues strong start to fiscal year; above budget by nearly 5 percent

NASHVILLE (BP) – Giving by Southern Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program shows no signs of slowing down as 2021 comes to a close. Two months into this fiscal year, cooperative giving is nearly 5 percent above budget and above giving through the same time last year by nearly the same margin.

Lottie Moon’s home church stays true to her vision

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (BP) – First Baptist Church (on Park Street), where Lottie Moon was baptized, is regaining its health.

Iowa Baptists allocate 75 percent to national CP

DES MOINES, Iowa (BP) – A driving desire to see Cooperative Program dollars make maximum kingdom impact motivated the Baptist Convention of Iowa to make history on Nov. 6. Messengers at the convention’s Annual Meeting voted unanimously to send 75 percent of Cooperative Program funds outside of the state.