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Baptist Briefs: Anti-malaria campaign casts wide net

Virginia Baptist anti-malaria campaign casts wide net. A year after Virginia Baptists launched an initiative to battle the scourge of malaria in West Africa, nearly 20,000 mosquito nets have been distributed there—helped in morethannets logo175part by a recent contribution from an Oklahoma-based organization with similar goals. More than Nets, a partnership between the Baptist General Association of Virginia and the Ghana Baptist Convention, aims to distribute 100,000 mosquito nets by the end of 2014 and provide education about malaria prevention, while also starting 300 churches in Yendi, a municipal district in northeastern Ghana. His Nets, a Norman, Okla.-based ministry founded in 2004, recently contributed 4,000 treated mosquito nets to the Virginia Baptist initiative. In the past eight years, His Nets has distributed nearly 135,000 nets across Africa. Malaria is the No. 1 cause of death in Ghana, and many medical authorities believe insecticide-treated mosquito nets are the most cost-effective way to prevent malaria transmission.

CBF selects Navy officer to lead chaplaincy program. U.S. Navy Capt. Gerald Hutchinson will take the helm as chaplaincy and pastoral care services manager for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, gerald hutchinson130Gerald Hutchinsonoverseeing about 700 CBF-endorsed chaplains and pastoral care counselors. Hutchinson, deputy regional chaplain for the Naval District of Washington, has been a Navy chaplain since 1988. His military career included combat tours in Afghanistan and a stint as director of religious affairs for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, located in Djibouti. He takes over the position from George Pickle, who retired in June after more than 10 years on the job. Hutchinson was endorsed by CBF in 1998 and was a member of the CBF Georgia coordinating council from 2006 to 2008. He also served as both lead interim and associate pastor of Culpeper (Va.) Baptist Church. His ministry experience includes 14 years with the Southern Baptist Convention’s North American Mission Board, serving first as associate director and then director of the church and community ministries department. He also was a Southern Baptist home missionary from 1981 to 1987, serving in Jacksonville, N.C.

GuideStone seeks input for compensation survey. GuideStone Financial Resources invites ministers and church employees to participate in the 2014 Southern Baptist Church Compensation Survey, a tool used by churches of all sizes to determine fair wages and benefits. GuideStone works in partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources and Baptist state conventions to produce the study. Survey results provide a baseline of compensation data among similar-sized churches within each state convention. Therefore, a higher number of participants yields a more accurate baseline of compensation data. Ministers and staff have until May 31 to complete the online survey. Survey results will be released this summer. Survey participants will receive advance notification of the results and can begin to access the data upon notice.

CBF general assembly highlights diversity. cbf assembly294Former congressman, U.N. ambassador and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young is a featured speaker at this year’s Cooperative Baptist Fellowship general assembly June 23-27 in Atlanta, CBF coordinator of ministries Bo Prosser reported to the Fellowship’s recent governing board meeting at First Baptist Church in Decatur, Ga. Prosser told the board CBF partner Christian Churches Together also is planning a banquet with an unnamed speaker to encourage the predominantly white, 1,800-church Fellowship to embrace greater diversity.

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