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Alaska Baptists vote to withhold CP funds

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (BP) – Messengers to the annual meeting of the Alaska Baptist Resource Network took the unprecedented step of attempting to withhold the allocation of future Cooperative Program funds intended for the North American Mission Board.

Clark named editor of BP en Español; Erlanson named BP managing editor

NASHVILLE (BP) – Baptist Press has announced two strategic staff changes: Lucinda Clark has joined as editor of Baptist Press en Español (BPEE), and Laura Erlanson has been named BP managing editor.

Cooperative Program thrives through COVID-19 pandemic in 95th year

NASHVILLE (BP) – As the COVID-19 pandemic stymied the economy and forced numerous churches to cancel in-person worship for months, Southern Baptists continued supporting the Cooperative Program, now in its 95th year.

FIRST-PERSON: Why our 2021 theme is ‘Great Commission Baptists’

In these uncertain, divisive and fearful times, I want to remind us of a sustaining vision we find in God’s inerrant, all-sufficient Word – a vision recorded by the apostle John in the midst of their own fearful and uncertain times. The church of the John’s generation had been scattered, hunted down, imprisoned and tortured. The apostle John himself was boiled in oil and socially distanced, by himself, on the island of Patmos.

SBC Executive Committee adopts CP budget cut by 5% during COVID

NASHVILLE(BP) – Decreased giving during the COVID-19 pandemic led the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee to adopt a Cooperative Program Allocation Budget Tuesday (Sept. 22) that is 5 percent less than the committee projected last February.

Jeff Pearson named SBC Executive Committee chief financial officer

NASHVILLE (BP) – Southern Baptist layman and financial expert Jeff Pearson will be the next chief financial officer of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, replacing William "Bill" Townes who is retiring.

Southern Baptists, think carefully about your ways

NASHVILLE (BP) – Since the end of February 2020, I have carried a deep and increasing burden about the following things:

Addison named SBC Executive Committee executive vice president

NASHVILLE (BP) – Greg Addison has been named executive vice president for the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee.

Charles Grant named executive director of African American relations and mobilization

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Charles Grant has been named executive director of African American relations and mobilization at the SBC Executive Committee. In a partnership jointly funded by the SBC EC and the North American Mission Board, Grant will work to equip and mobilize African American churches, as well as to engage potential new churches.

Townes announces retirement from SBC Executive Committee

NASHVILLE (BP) — William “Bill” Townes, CFO of the SBC Executive Committee, announced his retirement from the post effective December 31, 2020. Townes and his wife DeAnna will relocate to Georgia to assist with care for their special needs grandson who faces significant life challenges due to his genetic conditions.