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GuideStone conducts 2016 SBC Church Compensation Survey 

GuideStone conducts 2016 SBC Church Compensation Survey 

GuideStone Financial Resources, along with LifeWay Research and Baptist state conventions, is conducting its biennial SBC Church Compensation Survey.

       
Lilly grants CBF $1 milion to address economic challenges

Lilly grants CBF $1 million to address economic challenges pastors face

The Lilly Endowment awarded the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship a $1 million grant as part of its national initiative to address economic challenges facing pastors.

       
IMB layoffs hit home office

IMB layoffs hit home; no additional missionaries required to leave overseas

The Southern Baptist International Mission Board announced Jan. 14 the elimination of its stateside communications department. From BNG

       

Longtime Baptist leader Bill Self dies at 83

Bill Self, a longtime Atlanta-area pastor and prominent Baptist leader for decades, died Jan. 9 after a long struggle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease. From BNG

       
Wanda Lee announces plans to retire from WMU

Wanda Lee announces plans to retire from WMU

Wanda Lee told the national Woman’s Missionary Union board of directors she plans to retire as the Southern Baptist missions auxiliary’s executive director-treasurer.

       

McAfee appoints new dean

Effective July 1, one theology school's loss is another's gain. From BNG

       

Accrediting agency head stepping down

Daniel O. Aleshire has announced his decision to retire as executive director of the Association of Theological Schools no later than June 30, 2017. From BNG

       
Hong Kong church enables BWA to launch evangelism award

Hong Kong church enables BWA to launch evangelism award

The Baptist World Alliance launched a major evangelism award, made possible by Kowloon International Baptist Church in Hong Kong.

       
God ranks high in New Year’s resolutions

God ranks high in New Year’s resolutions

In January, Americans resolve to cut the carbs, hit the gym—and get right with God.

       
Baptist Briefs

Baptist Briefs: Baugh Foundation benefits CBF; S.C. Baptists benefit IMB

Baugh Foundation gift benefits CBF ministries. The Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation granted $1 million to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship to support its ministries to nurture young Baptists, help form healthy congregations and sustain long-term field personnel presence in global missions. The gift supports the long-term presence of field personnel ministering in 30 countries and will make an impact on the poorest counties in the United States through CBF’s rural poverty initiative, Together for Hope. It will fund ministries to nurture young Baptists, including theological education and practical ministry experience through Student.Go and Student.Church. The gift also will support an intentional congregational renewal process, advocacy work and a church-starting initiative. CBF also plans to use the grant to develop and deliver financial literacy programs for congregations and pastoral leaders.

South Carolina Baptists tap reserves to send gift to IMB. The South Carolina Baptist Convention has pledged to send a $1 million year-end gift to the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention at a time when the missions entity has announced a reduction in its worldwide force due to budget shortfalls. The IMB announced this year it would need to reduce its total number of missionaries and staff by 600 to 800 due to expenditures that exceeded revenues by $210 million over the past six years. Although the South Carolina Baptist Convention did not meet its budget in 2013 and 2014, the convention’s Executive Board pulled $550,000 from the state’s fund balance—after agreeing to send $450,000 from the budget—to provide the $1 million gift to IMB. “This extremely generous gift will go a long way in helping the IMB get to a healthy financial place in the present so that we can move forward into a future marked by more missionaries sent, more disciples made, and more churches planted among unreached peoples than ever before,” IMB President David Platt said. “I praise God for the generosity of South Carolina Baptists and trust God will use these resources for gospel advance to the ends of the earth.”

       
Know Your Neighbor

BJC joins call for every American to ‘Know Your Neighbor’

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty joined 14 other nonprofit organizations in launching a project designed to encourage dialogue among Americans of all faiths.

       
Baptist Briefs: Pennington-Russell named pastor of Washington church

Baptist Briefs: Pennington-Russell to Washington church

Members of First Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., voted to call Julie Pennington-Russell as senior pastor.

       
Jimmy Carter announces he is cancer free

Jimmy Carter announces he is cancer-free

Former President Jimmy Carter announced he is cancer-free, four months after revealing cancer removed from his liver had spread to four spots on his brain.

       
Baptists condemn Trump's call for ban

Baptists condemn Trump’s call for ban on Muslims entering U.S.

Baptists leaders of varied stripes joined in denouncing presidential candidate Donald Trump’s call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

       
Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas: Siblings find forever family

Stephanie and Sam Patterson’s long and emotional quest to become parents finally was realized one year ago when they adopted four siblings through foster care.

       
 
 
 
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