International Missions What’s good on the domestic market hits missionaries hard as the dollar loses value By Joe Westbury, Managing Editor, With additional reporting by Erich Bridges Published March 27, 2008
Churches have slightly more leeway when it comes to dealing with a budget shortfall when inflation impacts a congregation’s ministry. The church can either scale back on its ministry, reduce staff in more dire circumstances, or collect a special offering.
Georgia Baptist disaster relief crews ministered in three locations in areas hit by a string of tornados that rolled across the state March 14-15. Downtown Atlanta was hardest hit in the first round of storms with nearly $150 million in damages.
The culture of death currently surrounds this generation of entitlement thinking. There was a time in our not too distant past when the safest place to be on earth was in your mother’s womb or at your mother’s knee.
The passion that grips North American missionaries David and Shirley Proffitt is winning the next generation to Christ by planting churches near college campuses – and their passion has turned into a family affair.
All of my life I have found myself involved in events that were known as traditions. For example, when there is a covered dish meal at the church somebody is going to bring fried chicken. You can’t find a time when the church in a business meeting voted that having fried chicken at a church covered dish meeting was required but you would always find fried chicken at the meal.
Ben Foxworth has experienced the benefits of the Cooperative Program. It’s a big part of why Ellaville Baptist, where he’s pastor, will continue to give 18% to it despite a slow economy and rising prices.
Because Sanyati Baptist Hospital in Zimbabwe – a high-profile ministry of Southern Baptist international missions since the 1950s – is the only source of health care available for many of the 90,000 people, a lack of medical supplies and water has become critical.
With increased frequency, the Chinese government is persecuting house churches and banishing foreign Christians from the country, presumably to squelch voices who might draw attention to the plight of religious minorities in the nation surrounding the Beijing Olympics.
Eight new members joined the Board of Trustees for Truett-McConnell College, meeting for the first time Dec. 6-7. The new board members were elected at the Georgia Baptist Convention annual meeting in November.
Shorter College’s website, www.shorter.edu, received a district honor from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the international professional organization for public relations, fund-raising, and alumni relations personnel in education.
The Southern Baptist Convention has designated March 30 as “On Mission Together: Planting New Congregations Sunday” – a day to emphasize the need for SBC churches to plant new churches throughout North America.
A federal judge has ruled in favor of Southwestern Seminary and its president, Paige Patterson, in a lawsuit by a former theology professor who claimed she was wrongly dismissed from a tenure-track position because she is a woman.
In the past two years alone, Willie Jacobs Jr. has been the primary strategist for developing 18 new African-American church starts through the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, and he has four more on the drawing board for 2008.
Registration is now open for families planning to enroll their children in June 8-11 preschool childcare or the children’s conference in conjunction with the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting in Indianapolis, Ind.
A young Nepali girl who is worshipped by many Buddhists and Hindus as a kumari, or “living goddess,” has renounced her divine role following a request from her family, an official in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu, said March 2.
At a conference held last year at LifeWay, Rich Smith, minister of discipleship at First Baptist Church in Ellisville, Mo., asked for input on starting classes that match teaching and learning styles. As I thought about it, it occurred to me that just about any excuse to start a new Sunday School class is probably worth trying.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published March 27, 2008
Georgia Baptists are blessed with three very fine colleges, Shorter College in Rome, Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, and Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon/Ailey.