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Issue Date: 2012-02-09
Volume: 191
Number: 3


2012 GBC Committee on Nominations named
Georgia Baptist Convention President John Waters, First Baptist Church, Statesboro, announces that the following persons will serve on the 2012 Committee on Nominations:
Smith honored with GBC Lifetime Achievement Award in Evangelism

It was fitting that Bailey Smith was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Evangelism at one of his Real Evangelism Conferences. Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Director J. Robert White presented the award to Smith at Second Baptist Church on behalf of the Convention's Evangelism Department.
State lawmakers gather at prayer breakfast

"Do what you can right where you are with what you have. God expects nothing more than that; God expects nothing less than that."
George Beverly Shea celebrates 103 years
Longtime Billy Graham soloist George Beverly Shea celebrated his 103rd birthday Feb. 1 surrounded by family as greetings poured in from all over the world.
GBC trims budget, staff
Fourth staff downsizing since 2009 as giving levels drop

The Georgia Baptist Convention experienced its most dramatic staff reduction ever on Jan. 27 and 30 as 16 employees and two vacant positions were eliminated in the latest round of downsizing.
NYC ban on churches 'major opportunity' for Christians
Citywide measure to take effect Feb. 12

A New York City pastor says a recent ban on churches meeting in schools, though troubling for constitutional and practical reasons, is an unprecedented occasion for believers to demonstrate the love of Christ.
Survey: U.S. split on candidates' religion talk
Presidential candidates who discuss their faith on the campaign trail may not be helping their bid for the nomination, according to a LifeWay Research survey of American adults.
Mission Georgia website to house Mission Volunteers information

The Mission Volunteers department may no longer exist as a result of declining Cooperative Program receipts, but that doesn't mean Georgia Baptists won't have access to state-of-the-art resources.
N.Y. Senate committee passes church/school bill
A New York State Senate committee has stepped in on behalf of churches that soon will not be allowed to meet in public schools in New York City.
CP moves ahead of budgeted goal
Year-to-date contributions to Southern Baptist national and international missions and ministries received by the SBC Executive Committee are 5.02 percent above the year-to-date budgeted goal and are less than 1 percent (0.82 percent) behind contributions received during the same time frame last year
'Courageous' hits No. 1 in nationwide DVD sales
The church-made film "Courageous" is once again surprising the pundits thanks to strong DVD sales that have made it the No. 1-selling DVD nationwide.
Simms to begin new chapter of ministry
Athens pastor honored for service at Beech Haven Baptist Church

After more than 30 years as pastor of Beech Haven Baptist Church in Athens, Stewart B. Simms Jr. has retired.
Neighboring conventions also struggling
GBC trims budget again

State conventions bordering the Peach State are finding themselves in the same boat as the Georgia Baptist Convention when it comes to offering the most ministry for the least amount of money.
Role of faith in Bush White House examined

When former White House aide Timothy Goeglein realized he had been caught in a plagiarism scandal, he collapsed as a broken man, gripping the cross of Christ and genuinely hating himself.
Luter makes it official: He'll be nominated for SBC president

Louisiana pastor Fred Luter has told his congregation that he's willing to have his name placed in nomination for president of the Southern Baptist Convention, a step that could lead to a historic election.
Ralph McGill - 62 years at the church organ

The world is forever changing and the pace seems to be accelerating faster than Kitty O'Neil in her rocket dragster.
Fishing and fundraising
Cordele church member's passion helps feed others

Most Americans are not aware of the high level of hunger in the United States today. In 2010, 17.2 million households (approximately one in seven) were food insecure, the highest number ever recorded in the United States.

People and Places

Meldrim Baptist Church celebrates century of ministry
Youth choirs statewide attend REEL Fest

Berean Baptist in Covington retires mortgage after three years
Ministerial Moves
Shorter University plans construction of new student residence facility
Shorter University is working with architects to develop plans for a 100-bed student residence facility.
Being mobile

Cooperative Program Stories

Executive Committee officers speak out about the Cooperative Program

The Christian Index contacted Herman Parker, pastor of First Baptist Church of Bremen and chairman of the Georgia Baptist Convention Executive Committee, and asked him to share his views on the Cooperative Program.

Bible Study

Center of My Belief

Colossians 2:8-23
Bible Studies for Life, Feb 19
Center of My Life

Colossians 3:1-4:6
Bible Studies For Life, Feb 26


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The Open Door

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