Compensation for full-time Southern Baptist pastors has not kept pace with inflation over the past two years, while salaries for other full-time ministers and office staff increased at a rate higher than national inflation.
With 1.4 million members in Georgia, the Georgia Baptist Convention remains the state's largest faith group with about 15% of the population. But Georgia Baptists are more than a group that gathers on Sundays to worship; they are actively involved in bringing quality health care throughout the state to those who are uninsured or underinsured.
As a sophomore at Luella High School Rachel Stokes was a pretty, perky achiever. She was a straight A student who was also engaged in many extracurricular activities. She was involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the chorus at Luella High, and a multitude of activities at Teamon Baptist Church, where her dad, William, served as pastor.
Almost three decades ago John Toegbaye was a young man who lived in Nimba, a county in the north-central portion of the west Africa nation of Liberia. Though underprivileged he longed to complete his high school education.
Michael Pigg, pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Lithonia, is among those named by Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page to serve on a 21-member Bivocational and Small Church Advisory Council to serve through 2017, SBC LIFE reported in its fall issue.
For Mitch Englehart,* it's a beautiful sight that's taking place in some very dirty water. The South Carolina native watches from the bank of a stagnant canal as six new believers are baptized outside a small village in the South Asian countryside. Dhanwan is one of them.
In order to find the first falsehood to disgrace the earth you have to go all the way back to the Garden of Eden. Lying on this earth started when Satan, as a sly, subtle, slithering snake, said to Eve, "Ye shall not surely die."
The longer we live, the more we realize that actions or decisions have consequences - sometimes unintended consequences that absolutely cannot be foretold or foreseen. But more often they are foreseeable.
The Open Door By J. Robert White, Executive Director, GBC Published October 16, 2014
There are many reasons to attend the annual meeting of the Georgia Baptist Convention on November 10-11. I would love to mention a few and hope that you will take them to heart and join us for REVIVE 2014.