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  • FIRST-PERSON: Keep your eye on the ball

    by Randy C. Davis, posted Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (8 days ago)

    Southern Baptists, Randy Davis notes, have maintained a focus on global evangelism, ministerial preparation and benevolent ministries like orphan care for nine decades through the Cooperative Program. Still today, the resources "to shake this world from beneath the dark veil of spiritual lostness currently reside within our churches," he writes. Read More

  • CP SUNDAY: Cooperative Program -- 'incredibly thankful'

    by Marlee Isom, posted Friday, April 07, 2017 (19 days ago)

    Marlee Isom, a church planter's wife in metro Phoenix, voices a deepened understanding of the Cooperative Program as "a friend and resource." Southern Baptists' channel for supporting national and international missions enables church planters and their families to "reach people for the glory of God." Read More

  • Nat'l CP 4.07 ahead of projection at mid-year point

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, April 04, 2017 (22 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 4.07 percent above the year-to-date SBC Cooperative Program Allocation Budget projection. And they are 0.97 percent below contributions received during the same time frame last year, according to a news release from SBC Executive Committee President and CEO Frank S. Page. Read More

  • Cooperation is 'our heart & soul,' Richards says

    by Annie Corser, posted Thursday, March 23, 2017 (one month ago)

    Photo by Emil Handke/SBTS
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptists need to unite in order "to advance the Kingdom of God together for God's glory," state convention leader Jim Richards said in a chapel message at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    "What we have [as churches in the Southern Baptist Convention] is definitely much more in common than we have apart," said Richards, executive director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, noting that "our heart and our soul" is "to be together." Read More

  • Bellevue reaches $1M in Cooperative Program gifts

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Tuesday, March 14, 2017 (one month ago)

    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (BP) -- Bellevue Baptist Church has become the first church in the Tennessee Baptist Convention to send $1 million through the Cooperative Program over a 12-month period.

    In early March, the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board received a check for $83,333 that brought Bellevue's total giving through the Cooperative Program to $1 million since last April 2016. Read More

  • Page & Moore: 'We fully support one another'

    by David Roach, posted Monday, March 13, 2017 (one month ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Despite a Washington Post article suggesting Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page could ask Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore to resign amid ongoing controversy, the two SBC entity leaders reported a collegial meeting March 13 and said they "fully support one another."

    Earlier in the day, amid a social media flurry following the Post's report, Page told Baptist Press he planned on "bridge-building" with Moore with no anticipation of requesting a resignation. Read More

  • Family of longtime pastor chooses CP for memorial

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Baptist and Reflector, posted Monday, March 13, 2017 (one month ago)

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    NEWPORT, Tenn. (BP) -- Levi Parish spent the better part of his ministry supporting and encouraging others to support the Cooperative Program.

    So when he passed away on Feb. 26, it was only natural that the family wanted to do something related to Southern Baptist's giving channel for missions and ministry in his memory.

    "He loved missions," Sherry Parish said of her husband of 53 years. "In every church we served, he encouraged the church to increase its giving through the ... Read More

  • Graham extols unity at NOBTS amid CP debate

    by Gary D. Myers, posted Friday, March 10, 2017 (one month ago)

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    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Amid debate over a decision by Dallas-area Prestonwood Baptist Church to escrow Cooperative Program funds, Prestonwood pastor Jack Graham told a New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary chapel audience Jesus must be the focus of every congregation.

    The church "is not about us -- my church, your church. It's all about Jesus," Graham said March 7. Read More

  • NAAF pres. urges 'reconciliation' among Moore, critics

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, March 09, 2017 (one month ago)

    LAUREL, Md. (BP) -- The president of a network of some 4,000 predominantly African American Southern Baptist churches has issued an open letter urging reconciliation between Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore and those threatening to withhold Cooperative Program money over his actions.

    Byron Day, president of the National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention, wrote in a March 9 letter that while "feathers have been ruffled on both sides," "obedience to the Bible's teaching can surely offer a solution so that we can get back to working together to share the good news of God's love, forgiveness, and gift of eternal life." Read More

  • CP escrow study set to begin

    by David Roach, posted Monday, March 06, 2017 (one month ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- With an ad hoc committee of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee set to begin its study of churches' escrowing Cooperative Program money, EC chairman Stephen Rummage says the study was occasioned in part by the notable volume of contacts the EC has received regarding the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. Read More