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.
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.
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.
San Diego officials have apologized and rescinded a cease-and-desist order after a pastor and his wife were told they would have to apply for a permit that could cost thousands of dollars if they wanted to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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I am a firm believer in the Great Commission and anything or anyone that promotes and practices it.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director GBC Published June 18, 2009
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.