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GuideStone eyes 2nd century of finance aid & serviceDALLAS (BP) -- In early August of 1918, William Lunsford, the founding chief executive of what today is GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, received a letter from trustee Cullen F. Thomas. In it, Lunsford was advised that the state of Texas on July 31 had granted the charter for what was named the Board of Ministerial Relief and Annuities.
The closing line of the letter simply said, "You are now a 'going concern.' May you continue to grow and go." Read More
GuideStone gains final win over mandateDALLAS (BP) -- GuideStone Financial Resources has secured a conclusive victory in its lengthy, legal battle against the Obama-era abortion/contraception mandate.
A federal judge in Oklahoma issued a final judgment July 17 in favor of the Southern Baptist Convention's health and financial benefits entity, as well as ministries it serves, GuideStone reported Aug. 8. The ruling brought to an end GuideStone's challenge of a 2011 rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that helped implement a controversial health-care law enacted the previous year. The regulation required employers to provide their workers with coverage for contraceptives, including those that can potentially induce abortions, or face potentially devastating fines. Read More
TRUSTEES: GuideStone marks centennial anniversaryNEW YORK (BP) -- Marking the 100th anniversary of GuideStone Financial Resources, the Southern Baptist entity's trustees gathered July 30–31 in regular session to hear ministry reports from its executive leadership team and staff.
Trustees gave thanks to the Lord for the entity's ministry and for the vision of founder William Lunsford. The New York meeting site allowed trustees to recognize the contributions of John D. Rockefeller and his son John D. Rockefeller Jr., who together gave nearly $1 million in total during the board's first decade of service to provide financial assistance to retired Southern Baptist pastors and their widows. Read More
Tariff concerns needn't be 'distraction' to investorsDALLAS (BP) -- Current news of tariffs and trade disputes has added volatility to the financial markets due to the uncertainty it creates but likely will have little impact on long-term investors, according to analysts with GuideStone Financial Resources.
Despite initial concerns that the moves could hamper growth, global markets have generally continued to trade in a narrow range while investors evaluate other, likely more impactful, near-term economic developments. Read More
Centennial, Mission:Dignity atop GuideStone reportDALLAS (BP) -- O.S. Hawkins brought the 100th report of GuideStone Financial Resources on Tuesday morning to messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention during their June 12–13 in Dallas.
Hawkins noted the privilege GuideStone has had of living out its founder's vision.
"A century ago, our founder, William Lunsford, stood before the Southern Baptist Convention in Hot Springs, Ark., and told pastors, 'Give yourselves wholeheartedly to the work. We will stand back of you. If you fall in the work, we will care for you. If you die, we will not allow your family to suffer. If you grow old in the work, we will comfort you in your declining years,'" Hawkins recounted. Read More
Mission:Dignity affirms couple's trust in God's careDALLAS (BP) -- No matter how little they appeared to have, Roy and Janice Southern understood one undeniable truth: You can't out-give the Lord.
Whether it was selling his gun to help a fellow seminary student at Criswell College pay for his textbooks or giving $100 from their Mission:Dignity gift to a widow they knew couldn't afford her medicine, the Southerns have been faithful throughout their lives to share what they had with others.
"God promised us that He would take care of us if we were obedient to Him," ... Read More
GuideStone to launch lower-cost Secure Health planDALLAS (BP) -- Churches and pastors looking for budget-minded health care coverage as well as protection for their employees and their families have another option to consider coming this summer.
GuideStone Financial Resources, the financial services entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, will roll out its new GuideStone Secure Health plan during the June 12-13 SBC annual meeting in Dallas, with enrollment to begin July 1. Read More
GuideStone, ERLC defend ministerial housing allowanceWASHINGTON (BP) -- Two Southern Baptist entities have urged a federal appeals court to uphold the constitutionality of the ministerial housing allowance.
GuideStone Financial Resources and the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief filed April 26 that asks the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago to reverse a lower court decision invalidating the exemption. Read More
GuideStone to mark 100th anniversary at SBCDALLAS (BP) -- One hundred years ago, messengers at the Southern Baptist Convention in Hot Springs, Ark., created a Board of Ministerial Relief and Annuities, which today has become a $15 billion financial services organization known as GuideStone Financial Resources.
At this year's SBC annual meeting in Dallas, GuideStone will give thanks to the Lord for its first century of service and look forward to the opportunities of its second century, continuing to maintain its founder's vision of coming alongside retired pastors and their widows in need in their declining years, which it does through Mission:Dignity. Read More
Market volatility addressed at GuideStone summitDALLAS (BP) -- Recent stock market volatility shouldn't alarm long-term investors, GuideStone Financial Resources Chief Strategic Investment Officer David S. Spika said.
The market -- which has seen more than half of this year experience moves of 1 percent or more -- is healthy, and though the headlines can be unnerving, there is no need to make tactical changes to properly invested and diversified portfolios.
Spika's comments came during the second annual GuideStone Employee Benefits Summit, a gathering of key ministry decision makers, human resources professionals and financial officers of churches and ministries. The meeting was held March 26–28 in Dallas. This year's event brought 200 attendees from around the country. Read More