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Issue Date: 2009-06-18
Volume: 188
Number: 14


Pro vs. con: You decide on these important issues

To restructure or not to restructure? To change the Cooperative Program formula or not to change the formula?
GBC Men's Ministries specialist penning online devotions
Georgia Baptist Convention Menís Ministries Specialist Glen McCall is currently writing online devotions through BMEN online, available at
Draper illness: strep bacterial meningitis

James T. Draper Jr.'s illness has been diagnosed as strep bacterial meningitis that entered his bloodstream during a myelogram June 3 at an outpatient clinic in Fort Worth, Texas.
Should designated giving be counted as CP?

Recently there has been conversation suggesting that designated mission giving to Southern Baptist Convention causes from the local church should be added to mission giving through the traditional Cooperative Program formula to indicate the percentage of missions given to CP by the local church.
GBC churches may be affected by new state law

The Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act ("UPMIFA") took effect in Georgia on July 1, 2008. This law governs the investment and spending of all donor established endowment funds, including endowments held by churches and other religious not-for-profit organizations.
SBC Coverage
Other views on GCR
Apology issued for Bible study threat
San Diego officials have apologized and rescinded a cease-and-desist order after a pastor and his wife were told they would have to apply for a permit that could cost thousands of dollars if they wanted to continue hosting a small Bible study in their home.
An evangelist and the Great Commission Resurgence

Southern Baptists are once again considering a declaration as to what can be done to reverse the stagnation within the SBC.
SBC president: minister, mentor, and missionary

Johnny Hunt, pastor of Woodstock's First Baptist Church and president of the Southern Baptist Convention, is known for his visionary leadership, charisma, passion, and mentoring of young pastors.
Southern Baptists look for cures to stagnation

Decades of painful conservative-moderate fights. Stagnant baptism rates. Membership malaise. Surveying the state of the Southern Baptist Convention, seminary president Danny Akin can sum it all up in just six words.
Kennedy to name committee to study state resources

GBC President Bucky Kennedy will name a special committee to study the flow and use of mission funds and resources of the state convention, including Cooperative Program funds and those received through the annual State Missions and other special offerings.
Big dreams, big stakes ahead of Bible Quiz championship

The students from Cedar View Christian Academy in eastern Tennessee had barely a moment to savor their state championship when their coach gave them a stern directive.
Baptists will be asked to honor Obama's election

A Texas pastor has proposed the Southern Baptist Convention commend the historic election of President Obama as the first black U.S. president at its annual meeting.
Those with Georgia ties among Southeastern, Southern graduates
Brent Farrar, former youth minister at Gracewood Baptist Church in Statesboro, and Tom Crites, specialist in Research Services of the Georgia Baptist Convention, were among the 210 graduates at Southeastern Seminary taking part in commencement exercises May 22.
Minister's community of squatters defies odds

The vegetable garden is ready to plant, the washer and dryer will be hooked up soon, and Nina the Polish lady figured out how to make cheese from the milk of the new goat, named Molly.
Research explores ethnic responsiveness

African Americans are more open than other ethnic groups to receiving information about local congregations, according to research relating to African American and four other ethnic groupings: Hispanics, non-Hispanic whites, Asians, and mixed/other ethnicities.
Christianity Today to close four publications, lay off 31

Publishing powerhouse Christianity Today International, citing hard times in its industry, is shutting down four publications and laying off 31 workers.
Yeats to be re-nominated
John L. Yeats, recording secretary of the Southern Baptist Convention since 1998, will be nominated for another one-year term during the June 23-24 annual meeting in Louisville. Ky., Hershael W. York announced June 10.
Do new buildings, services lead to growth?

With two-thirds of all Protestant churches having expanded their ministry space or outlets in the past five years, a study by LifeWay Research shows:
SBC restructuring unnecessary, Executive Committee chief asserts

A proposal to study a restructuring of the Southern Baptist Convention is not needed, SBC Executive Committee President Morris Chapman insists.
Study: Religious colleges have highest graduation rates

Religiously affiliated universities rank the highest nationwide in graduating their students, while hundreds of public and private universities fall far below the devastatingly low average of graduated students, according to a recent report based on data from the U.S. Department of Education.
Religious workers denied jobless benefits
Georgia law mirrors most of the country

God may provide, but the state may not when it comes to unemployment benefits for employees laid off by churches and other religious groups.
Different states, different CP funding models
How much to keep at home, how much to forward to Nashville at heart of debate

Much has been written in the past few weeks concerning giving levels to the Cooperative Program. The following information, provided by the SBC Executive Committee in Nashville, details each state's contribution to the national funding mechanism.

Georgia Newsbriefs

Shorter College adds online courses in Sport Management
Shorter College announced June 8 the addition of online learning for students interested in sport management.
Braswell to lead Middle Association
Bobby Braswell will begin his service as associational missionary for Middle Baptist Association effective June 29.

Religious Newsbriefs

Christian Children's Fund drops 'Christian' from name in order to broaden outreach
Christian Children's Fund, an organization that helps needy children across the globe, has decided to change its name to ChildFund International to broaden its outreach.
Court says award-winning reporter went too far in infiltrating sect
A Quebec court has ruled that a journalist's undercover investigation of the Raelian sect in the province violated the privacy of its members.
British court rejects Hindu pyre request
A Hindu man has lost his legal fight to be cremated on a traditional open-air pyre in Britain's countryside to ensure himself "a good death."
Mormon church to investigate baptism of Obama's mother
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is investigating how President Obama's late mother was baptized by proxy into the church last year at a Utah temple.

People and Places

Revival Report
Ministerial Moves

Cooperative Program Stories

Telling the old, old story a new way

The Georgia Baptist Convention is telling the old, old story in a whole new way.


Where the Great Commission Resurgence must begin

As Southern Baptists stand on the threshold of the annual Convention sessions in Louisville, Ky., there is a lot of hoopla over the proposed Great Commission Resurgence. Like most folks within the ranks of Baptist life I have an opinion about the GCR.
Children raised with discipline, appreciation turn out best

Why I haven't signed the declaration (that I agree with)

I am a firm believer in the Great Commission and anything or anyone that promotes and practices it.
The Open Door

Since 1925, Southern Baptists have been building a huge worldwide mission enterprise through a unified giving plan called the Cooperative Program. Prior to the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists were burdened with an ineffective methodology often referred to as the societal approach to supporting missions.