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FIRST-PERSON: The greatest evangelism initiative of the modern age

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) – The rapid fire of a gun broke the silence, and a vibrant Christian, bleeding from multiple wounds, took his last breath. Islamic militants, angry that the Gospel had taken hold in their village, had gone on a deadly shooting rampage to try to stamp it out.

Financial rebound evident in Cooperative Program, designated giving

NASHVILLE (BP) – The financial upturn much of the country has seen as the COVID-19 pandemic winds down is becoming evident though an increase in giving across the Southern Baptist Convention. Both Cooperative Program giving and designated giving reports for May 2021 showed strong year-over-year increases, and CP giving continues to run above budget for the fiscal year.

Church planter ‘broken … for the people of Utah’

EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah – Barry Smith, bi-vocational pastor at Pioneer Community Church, is in his second attempt to plant a church southwest of Salt Lake City.

SBTC gives $500,000 grant to SBC national and global missions

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC) presented $500,000 from its financial reserves Thursday (May 20) to the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee to support national and international missions.

Small church sees huge increase in CP giving

MYRTLE, Miss. (BP) – Amaziah Church between Hickory Flat and Myrtle, averages 75-80 people in attendance and, like all churches, has been impacted by the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. But that hasn’t stopped the members from sacrificially supporting the work of the Lord at home and around the world.

Arkansas church pastor supports blighted community and CP

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- Unity Bible Baptist Church often takes food, the Gospel and other necessities to residents of the Loop, the blighted Little Rock urban community the church calls home.

National CP giving above monthly budget once again, up 2.64% for the year

NASHVILLE (BP) – The American economy has bounced back from the COVID-19 pandemic at a quicker pace than many experts expected. Thankfully for Southern Baptists, that has translated to a rebound in giving through the Cooperative Program as well.

Missions, outreach is ‘what we do,’ Idaho pastor says

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Central Valley Baptist Church isn’t waiting for Thursday’s (May 6) National Day of Prayer to start praying. The church began its Prayer for America last July, and a list of 10 specific prayer requests has been posted to its website since then.

FIRST-PERSON: CP fuels Gospel hope just when it is needed most

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – I pastored my first church in Fort Worth, Texas, while attending Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Hilltop Baptist Church was small – I was called as pastor with seven votes, my only unanimous call to this date – and it was located in a rough part of town. In fact, I’m pretty sure that the only reason they brought me as pastor was that my wife Lynette was the only pastor’s wife willing to live in the nearby church parsonage!

FIRST-PERSON: Loving the lost through Cooperative Program giving

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) – I recently had the privilege of preaching at First Baptist Church of Murray, Ky., in conjunction with the celebration of the church’s 175th anniversary. One of the many unique aspects of this historic church is the fact that the Cooperative Program was birthed at First Murray where, in 1900, Pastor H. Boyce Taylor led the church to adopt a unified budget plan to provide more resources for mission work.