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SBC DIGEST: Oklahoma Baptists to hold abbreviated meeting; North Carolina Baptists dedicate disaster relief hub

Members of Oklahoma Baptists’ state convention board of directors gathered Tuesday (Sept. 15) at the Baptist Building in Oklahoma City, to meet, pray, hear ministry and financial reports, as well as finalize plans for the upcoming annual meeting in November. Two years after Hurricane Florence struck North Carolina with devastating force, North Carolina Baptists on Mission dedicated a new ministry hub near Rose Hill, N.C.

Salvation Army starts red kettle program early amid ‘tsunami of human need’

(RNS) – The Salvation Army is kicking off its annual red kettle campaign more than two months early this year in hopes of meeting an increased need for assistance during the coronavirus pandemic.

Churches report encouraging trends in giving amid pandemic

(AP/RNS) – Giving to congregations has shifted upward after churches closed their buildings earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a survey shows.

Global Hunger Relief supports Southern Baptist hunger ministries worldwide

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) – As COVID-19 travels around the globe, it has created a food crisis for much of the developing world. Spread of the disease and the ensuing lockdowns affected supply chains as well as humanitarian support according to a report from WORLD Magazine.

SBC DIGEST: California Baptists’ annual meeting canceled; Gateway begins VP transitions

Cancellation of the 2020 California Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting topped items of business at the CSBC Executive Board meeting held virtually Sept. 10; Gateway Seminary has launched executive searches for a new vice president for academic services and a new vice president for business services to be added to the seminary's executive leadership team.

Judge bans indoor worship for MacArthur, Grace Community

LOS ANGELES (AP/RNS) — A Los Angeles Superior Court judge granted a preliminary injunction against Grace Community Church, prohibiting Pastor John MacArthur from holding indoor worship services.

Chaplain walks through mental health hardships with first responders

STAMFORD, Conn. (BP) – Chaplain John Revell says first responders and police have "a front row seat to depravity."

FIRST-PERSON: Homeschooling rings our bell

NASHVILLE (BP) – It was a tough decision.  For several weeks, my wife and I talked about it at great length. We prayed about it, sweated over it and, occasionally, I will admit, flip-flopped on it. 

Northern California church accrues tens of thousands of dollars in fees for violating pandemic orders

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP/RNS) — A Northern California church has accrued tens of thousands of dollars in fines for defying public health orders that prohibit indoor worshipping.

Pandemic prompts churches to consider permanent changes

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (BP) – Every church has adjusted some aspects of ministry since the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic. But even as the effects of COVID-19 continue to press into the modern landscape of the evangelical church, some congregations are already turning from the question of how to shift from the current moment toward changes for the long-term future.