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SBC DIGEST: NAMB launches ‘Equipping Pastors’ podcast; GuideStone Summit conf set for April

NAMB’s ‘Equipping Pastors’ podcast features Tony Dungy, James Brown on first episode; GuideStone’s annual Summit for church, ministry business leaders set for April 21-23.

GuideStone announces release of its Ministers’ Tax Guide

DALLAS — GuideStone Financial Resources has released its most popular annual publication, the 2024 Ministers’ Tax Guide for 2023 Returns prepared by Richard Hammar, available now for GuideStone members at GuideStone.org/TaxGuide. The tax guide includes tax highlights for 2023 along with step-by-step filing instructions for ministers’ personal taxes and comprehensive examples and sample forms.

GuideStone to provide employee benefits for newly formed Global Methodist Church

DALLAS (BP) – The newly launched Global Methodist Church (GM Church) has selected GuideStone Financial Resources to provide its employee retirement and health programs. The Global Methodist Church is a new denomination composed primarily of former United Methodist Church congregations desiring to establish a more biblically conservative Methodist network.

GuideStone looks back on 2023 with gratitude for the trust of its members and ministry partners.

During 2023, GuideStone retirement contributions grew by more than 6% year-over-year between 2022 and 2023. Protection benefits, provided to eligible Church Retirement Plan members by GuideStone and state conventions, totaled more than $4 million as of November 20. Almost 97,000 members have been served in GuideStone’s health plans this past year.

SBC DIGEST: EC to meet Nov. 16, GivingTuesday gifts to Mission:Dignity to be matched up to $700K

SBC Executive Committee to meet online Nov. 16, Gifts to Mission:Dignity to be matched up to $700K on #GivingTuesday

FINANCIAL DIGEST: GuideStone offers financial education resources, tips for avoiding scams

GuideStone retirement introduces online financial education resource center for ministers; GuideStone tips for avoiding digital payment scams.

GuideStone’s David Spika announces retirement plans

DALLAS (BP) – GuideStone Financial Resources Chief Investment Officer David Spika has announced his intention to retire at the end of the year.

GuideStone alliances offer church safety training, liability insurance

GHOLSON, Texas (BP) – James Stevens, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Gholson, recalls the congregation’s reaction when he established a safety ministry team in 2017.

GuideStone leaders tell trustees about increased partnerships and effects of inflation

SAN DIEGO (BP) -- GuideStone trustees heard reports on its strategy to expand Kingdom Reach by strengthening the SBC core ministry partnerships in retirement, investments and insurance coverage among the Convention’s churches and ministries.

Pastors report feeling more loneliness, less support, Barna finds

NASHVILLE (BP) – A growing percentage of Protestant pastors report experiencing increased feelings of loneliness and isolation, while simultaneously feeling a decreased sense of support from people close to them, according to research by Barna. According to the 2022 survey of more than 500 pastors done by the Barna Group, 47 percent of pastors reported […]