National WMU cuts back in order to retain staff

In light of negative economic projections for 2009, national Woman’s Missionary Union has announced $1.4 million in budget cuts, a hiring freeze and a four-week unpaid furlough for staff. But by implementing cost-cutting measures, WMU should be able to avoid layoffs and keep health insurance affordable for its employees, leaders stressed.

Historic Anabaptist writings to be available online

Writings of Balthasar Hubmaier, one of the most well-known and respected Anabaptist theologians of the Reformation, soon will be available for online research, thanks to a project of European Baptist scholars.

Baptist Briefs: Chick-fil-A founder honored

Baptist layman Truett Cathy, founder of the Chick-fil-A restaurant chain, was named the 2008 winner of the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership.

Kentucky Baptist paper names editor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (ABP) -- Kentucky Baptists have tapped veteran denominational journalist Todd Deaton to become next editor of their historic newspaper, the Western Recorder.

Memo to thieves: Before snatching offering money, don’t complete visitor’s card

Sheriff’s deputies in Lakeland, Fla., tracked down a man charged with stealing the offering from a Southern Baptist church with help from a visitor card he had filled out the previous Sunday.

Longtime Southern Baptist pastor Frank Pollard dies

pollardFrank Pollard, a prominent Southern Baptist pastor and seminary president, died Nov. 30 at his home in San Francisco.

Study says churches with WMU stronger supporters of SBC

Southern Baptist churches that have Woman's Missionary Union organizations support the denomination's missions programs at significantly higher levels than congregations without WMU, according to an analysis of reported church giving.

Baptist state conventions wrestle with budget woes

Baptist state conventions meeting around the country this fall are adjusting their financial expectations to cope with a weakening economy.

WorldCrafts gives hope to Afghan families

WorldCrafts, a fair trade, nonprofit ministry of national Woman’s Missionary Union, is helping to give Afghan families an expectation of a life beyond their impoverished conditions through a partnership with an artisan group comprised of women who make jewelry, mosaics, clothing and accessories.

N.C. Baptists vote to nix CBF giving plan option

North Carolina Baptist churches in the not-too-distant future won’t be able to support the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship through the state convention, messengers decided at their annual meeting.

Virginia Baptists approve scaled-back budget, hear Campolo’s appeal

The Baptist General Association of Virginia, acknowledging an uncertain economic environment, approved a reduced budget for 2009 during a quiet annual meeting that drew about 1,200 people.

Religious leaders protest violence against Christians in India

IndiaTwo Baptists were among 24 prominent Christian leaders recently signing an open letter to President Bush calling for action against anti-Christian violence in India.

Baptist Briefs: State conventions roundup

Messengers to the Tennessee Baptist Convention approved a new missions partnership with West Africa and adopted a $39 million budget.

Georgia Baptists reject church with woman pastor

pennington_russellThe Georgia Baptist Convention has decided to refuse gifts from a historic member church that last year called as pastor a woman—Julie Pennington-Russell, formerly of Calvary Baptist Church in Waco.

Pastors often find church roadmaps quite confusing

Most pastors of small Baptist churches see what God is calling their congregations to be and do and have laid the groundwork for accomplishing the mission, but their efforts are frustrated by “turf” battles and a failure to clarify and evaluate plans, according to a new study by LifeWay Research.
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