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On Graduate Sunday, consider looking forward, say leaders

NASHVILLE (BP) — Over the next month churches will hold the annual event known as Graduate Sunday. Those days may include tables of photos in the foyer, graduates in their caps and gowns, a meal for senior and a sermon by the youth pastor, leaving parents to wonder about the science behind the speed of time.

Awakening National Prayer Conference seeks to convey information, spark transformation in churches across U.S.

FORT WORTH (BP) — The question was as sharp as it was simple. “When you die,” Steve Gaines asked, “what do you hope to do in heaven?”

ERLC online event focuses on Christian political engagement

NASHVILLE (BP) – The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) hosted an online event Monday, April 22, which focused on how Christians can approach political engagement, even beyond this year’s presidential election.  

CP Summit helps leaders pursue partnership, joy

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) – Leaders from across Baptist state conventions and Southern Baptist entities gathered April 15-16 for a training event focused on furthering partnership across the convention. The Cooperative Program is the nearly 100-year-old mechanism for funding cooperative missions work across the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and the 41 state or regional Baptist conventions.

Convention Advancement Partners look to expand CP giving, education among ethnic groups

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) – Hispanic, Asian and African American leaders from across the Southern Baptist Convention gathered in the Sunshine State April 16-17 to share how they see God working and to share ideas.

Global senders commit to be ‘stronger together’

The melody was the same, but the voices united in worship sang in numerous languages. “Then sings my soul,” sang a group in Arabic. Deaf believers lifted hands to sign “My Savior, God to thee, how great Thou Art.” The diverse group of worshipers praised in styles unique to their culture. Their praise, however, was joined to honor one God and their reason to gather was for one purpose — to ask God to send more missionaries from all nations to all nations.

New CP promotion approach emerging, top givers say

When First Baptist Church in Bettendorf, Iowa, needed to decrease its Cooperative Program (CP) giving in a financial pinch this year, the congregation consented on one condition: that they could increase it as soon as possible back to its previous level of 16.5 percent of undesignated receipts. Leaders agreed, and First Baptist approved temporary CP giving of 10 percent.

Less than three years old, Georgia church has started two more

ALPHARETTA (BP) — When leadership from Union Hill Baptist Church approached Hope Church in February of last year, both congregations were at an important point in their history.

Cooperation leads to new church plant in Arkansas Delta

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. – April 9 marked a historic occasion in Helena-West Helena as members of Helena First Baptist Church deeded the church property to Second Baptist Church in West Helena on Park Avenue. 

Former addict helps women get help, see hope at Delaware church

SEAFORD, Del. (BP) – Like many other houses of worship, Grace Seaford Church opens its doors during cold weather to provide shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness. But while many places provide a night or even a week, Grace offers housing to women from Dec. 1 to March 15.