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Two years in, Cooperative Program strength disproves dire pandemic predictions

NASHVILLE (BP) – Economic predictions were dire when most churches and businesses effectively shut down in-person operations in mid-March 2020. However, the gloomy forecasts about the effects COVID-19 would have on charitable giving as a whole didn’t pan out.

FIRST-PERSON: The Lord knows we need each other

NASHVILLE (BP) – It was in the third grade that I learned there were countries that weren’t open to Christianity, yet there were people committed to share the hope of Jesus Christ with people who lived in those countries. Mrs. Smart was my teacher at Stone Mountain Christian School in Stone Mountain, Ga., who shared that story with me.

FIRST-PERSON: 2022 SBC Pastors’ Conference update

FAIRVIEW, Texas (BP) – Here are four things to watch leading up to the 2022 SBC Pastors’ Conference.

SBC DIGEST: Asian ministry initiatives highlighted at recent gatherings

NASHVILLE (BP) – Several recent ministry gatherings reflect the growth of Asian ministries in the Southern Baptist Convention both past and present.

Local association sponsors Hispanic education programs

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (BP) - Southern Baptist churches in the Robertson County Baptist Association have partnered together to sponsor education programs in Spanish for Hispanics in the community to receive either their High School Equivalency or a certificate in Biblical Studies.

Vietnamese Baptists elect first executive director, vote to expand missions footprint

PLANO, Texas (BP) – Although limited in attendance due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, attendees at the Vietnamese Baptist Union of North America’s 36th annual conference held July 1-4 voted to expand its mission efforts, elect an executive director and adopt the Vision 2025 platform.

Most pastors feel supported by other local ministers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The vast majority of pastors say they feel support from other ministers in their communities, but that encouragement is less prevalent in some places.

FIRST-PERSON: Our unified Great Commission vision for the future

Southern Baptists, we have a unified Great Commission vision to carry us through 2025. With confidence, pastors and church leaders can stand before our churches and say, “These are the things we will focus on and resolve to do together as Southern Baptists from now through 2025.”

NAAF’s Frank Williams values ‘legacy of presence, influence and purpose’

NEW YORK (BP) -- The faith of his mother Sophia and grandmother Elizabeth play prominently in the faith journey of New York Pastor Frank Williams, beginning in his childhood in small Dieppe Bay Town in St. Kitts, West Indies.

FIRST-PERSON: Unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace

In the hours after my election as SBC president, there certainly were a great number of things to do and new places to be. The Lord allowed me moments in the hallways to meet and greet Southern Baptists at their best. There were those who heartily congratulated me. Yet the ones who caught my attention were many, almost too many to count, who reached out their hand to shake mine and said a very similar thing: “Ed, I did not vote for you, but I love you in Christ and I promise to pray for you.”