Baptist Standard streamlines operatiions

Baptist Standard Publishing streamlines operations in 2016

Effective Jan. 1, Baptist Standard Publishing will eliminate three staff positions and cut the frequency of CommonCall magazine as part of a series of cost-cutting measures.

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.”

Noncanonical sources still influence Christian traditions

Noncanonical sources still influence Christian traditions

While the Gospel of Luke mentions shepherds and a manger, nowhere in the New Testament accounts of the nativity do cattle or donkeys appear, a Baylor University historian notes.

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.

There's no place like church for the holidays

There’s no place like church for the holidays—if invited

Christmas is a great time to invite someone to church, a recent study by LifeWay Research reveals.

Small churches err in copying

Small congregations err in copying megachurch style, experts say

Congregational health experts say smaller churches should tread carefully in copying the styles of worship and ministry that contribute to megachurch growth.

Americans fear terrorism

Americans fear terrorism, mass shootings—and often Muslims

Terrorism and mass shootings trouble an overwhelming number of Americans today, and the religious identity of the killers influences how they are viewed.

Family breathes easier

Family breathes easier thanks to Gonzales church

Pastor Chris Irving and his family—particularly twin daughters Katie and Kylie—will breathe easier this Christmas, thanks to the generosity of First Baptist Church in Gonzales.

TBM volunteers respond

TBM volunteers respond to disasters in East Texas and Oklahoma

Texas Baptist Men disaster relief crews responded to needs in Lindale after tornadoes swept through parts of East Texas, and in Yukon, Okla., when an ice storm laid havoc to homes.

Baylor offers prayers for Muslim students

Baylor offers prayers for Muslim students

More than 400 students, faculty, staff, plus a few Waco residents, participated in a ceremony of prayer and support for Muslim students on the Baylor University campus.

Buckner brings hope

Buckner brings hope to at-risk East Texas families

Despite bleak circumstances, Buckner International offers a ray of hope to at-risk families in the Longview area.

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