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Leadership Pipeline works to engage, mobilize next generation of SBC leaders

NASHVILLE (BP) – The year is 2041. What do we want the Southern Baptist Convention to look like? More importantly, what steps can we take today to get us there? That scenario serves as the motivation for the SBC Young Leader Pipeline initiative, an effort geared toward Southern Baptists under the age of 40 to insure they are “more than a vote, but a voice.”

FIRST-PERSON: Beyond Vision 2025—The Cooperative Program is the catalyst

Being all in on Vision 2025 begins now. I believe our five Strategic Actions are things in which every church of every size, every ethnicity, and every language can participate. These five Strategic Actions involve increasing our missionaries around the world, adding new churches in America, calling out the called, reaching and baptizing more teenagers, and funding this vision.

WEEK OF PRAYER: Showing them a God who answers prayers

VANCOUVER (BP) – It was almost more than Cindy* could handle. Her husband was in the hospital, and her daughter was sick too.

TRUSTEES: GuideStone hears updates, Hawkins declares Year of Beginning Again

DALLAS (BP) – GuideStone trustees gathered March 1 for their Winter 2021 meeting, their second Zoom meeting of the full trustee board in the last year. Trustees joined from around the United States to hear GuideStone’s management team reports about results, strategic endeavors and other priorities.

Litton calls for ‘unity in the Gospel’ in BP interview

SARALAND, Ala. (BP) – His first time back in the pulpit after the death of his wife Tammy in a car crash, Ed Litton had a message for the congregation. “The guy that was here before is gone,” he said that Sunday in 2007, “And he’s not coming back.” Reflecting now, more than 13 years later, Litton knows far better the truth of that statement. Litton says his ministry has grown in directions he never would have predicted. His life has, too.

Friend’s tragic death fueled church planter’s passion to share Gospel

LYNN, Mass. (BP) – As Above the Hills Church in Lynn, Mass., makes plans to launch Easter Sunday, North American Mission Board (NAMB) church planting missionary Simon Sim and his core team want the church be a beacon of Gospel hope for their community.

February giving report reflects continued challenges of COVID-19, weather

NASHVILLE (BP) – Church closures related to COVID-19 and winter weather in the Deep South slowed giving through the Cooperative Program in early 2021, but Southern Baptists remained faithful in their commitment to fueling global missions and ministry. Through the first five months of the budget year, giving is still above the national CP budget by more than 3 percent.

Judson College trustees launch aggressive fundraising effort

MARION, Ala. (BP) – Judson College officials launched an aggressive effort to save the school Wednesday (March 3).

Largest CP contributor in Arizona does ministry ‘outside the walls’

LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. – Calvary Baptist Church in Lake Havasu City and its new campus in Parker baptized 236 people in 2020, more than any other church in the state. It does so by making the Gospel relatable and relevant, Pastor Chad Garrison said.

FIRST-PERSON: What is the purpose of corporate worship?

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) – What are we really doing when we gather for corporate worship each week?