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  • Dave Ramsey partners with 16 state conventions

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, December 19, 2018 (27 days ago)

    BP file photo by Kathleen Murray
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BP) -- At an average of $8,300 per family, New Mexico leads the nation in credit card debt, according to media reports this month. New Mexico also has one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S., with 1 in 5 people living below the poverty line.

    Those realities are among factors that provoked Joseph Bunce, executive director of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico, to forge a partnership with Ramsey Solutions, an organization led by personal finance author and speaker Dave Ramsey. The BCNM is among 16 Baptist state conventions to launch such partnerships with Ramsey Solutions this year in an effort to help believers learn to manage their money. Additional state convention partnerships are in the works, according to Ramsey Solutions.

    From Arizona to Pennsylvania-South Jersey, state convention meetings this fall highlighted the partnerships. Read More

  • Dave Ramsey's love for pastors fuels mission

    by Shawn Hendricks, posted Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (2 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- For Dave Ramsey, pastors have a special place in his heart.

    This summer at the Southern Baptist Convention in Dallas, the CEO of Ramsey Solutions and author of "Financial Peace University" (FPU) spoke to pastors and other Baptist leaders about stewardship and what the Bible teaches about debt. He offered FPU -- a 12-week financial planning program -- for free to pastors who attended the SBC meeting and offered the accompanying leader guides at a discounted rate. This fall, more than 15 state conventions are featuring the program at their fall annual meetings.

    In his Nashville-area radio studio, Ramsey sat down with Baptist Press to talk about helping pastors and their congregations navigate the daily financial challenges they face. Read More

  • To end debt, church takes step of faith for missions

    by Lonnie Wilkey/Tennesee Baptist and Reflector, posted Friday, October 26, 2018 (2 months ago)

    UNION CITY, Ten. (BP) -- The math is quite simple at Second Baptist Church: no debt = more resources for missions.

    For the first time in 15 years, Second Baptist is learning to live debt-free, pastor Justin Hiens said.

    In 2003, the church began a relocation process in Union City, Tenn., that eventually would cost more than $12 million. Hiens joined the church that same year, fresh out of college, as youth minister, serving there for nearly five years before moving on to become pastor of churches in Georgia and Mississippi.

    When Hiens returned to Second Baptist as senior pastor in 2015, the debt had been reduced to about $2.5 million. But it was still crippling the ministry of the church in the town of 10,000, 115 miles northeast of Memphis. Read More

  • Rudy Fagan, 20-year SBC stewardship leader, dies

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, October 05, 2018 (3 months ago)

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BP) -- A. Rudolph (Rudy) Fagan, who led the former Stewardship Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention for 20 years, died Wednesday (Oct. 3) in Murfreesboro, Tenn. He was 88.

    Fagan served as president of the Stewardship Commission from 1974 until his retirement in 1994.

    The Stewardship Commission, which was closed in the SBC's Covenant for a New Century restructuring in the mid-1990s, was the convention's primary advocate for the Cooperative Program channel of support for state, national and international missions and ministry. It also assisted churches in capital campaigns as they built new facilities. The commission's duties were moved to the SBC Executive Committee and LifeWay Christian Resources (then Sunday School Board) under the SBC restructuring. Read More

  • GuideStone eyes 2nd century of finance aid & service

    by Roy Hayhurst, posted Monday, August 13, 2018 (5 months ago)

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    DALLAS (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

  • Dave Ramsey urges pastors to lead people out of debt

    by Erin Roach, posted Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (7 months ago)

    Photo by Kathleen Murray
    DALLAS (BP) -- Personal finance speaker and author Dave Ramsey, addressing the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 12, urged pastors to lead people out of debt by teaching them what the Bible says about money.

    "When you stand up in front of your congregation, you're looking at a large number of people who do not have the ability to handle their money," Ramsey, CEO of Ramsey Solutions and author of "Financial Peace University," told messengers. Read More

  • Churchgoers say they tithe, but not always to church

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, May 10, 2018 (8 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Most churchgoers say the Bible commands them to give. But their tithes don't always go in the offering plate.

    Half of Protestant churchgoers say their tithes can go to a Christian ministry rather than a church, compared to what is often taught by pastors and Bible study aids.

    A third say tithes can go to help an individual in need and nearly one in five say tithes can even go a secular charity, according to a new study by Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Read More

  • 'That His glory may be known' is Va. church's goal

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, May 02, 2018 (8 months ago)

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    HAMILTON, Va. (BP) -- "When I came here we had a lot of money in the bank, and we needed to fix that," said Steven Carne, pastor of Hamilton Baptist Church for five years.

    He challenged the congregation regarding financial stewardship.

    "God entrusts us with His resources; not to save them for a rainy day, nor to bury them in the ground, but to utilize them to make disciples," Carne told Hamilton Baptist. "I don't want Jesus to return and say to us, 'What have you done with what I have entrusted to you?' Read More

  • Page: Churches & stewardship key to SBC honoring God

    by Art Toalston, posted Tuesday, February 20, 2018 (11 months ago)

    Photo by Morris Abernathy
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- God wants "everything we do to bring Him glory," Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Executive Committee, noted.

    The church must be a focal point where God's glory is evident, Page stated during the opening session of the EC's Feb. 19-20 meeting in Nashville.

    Page read two verses from the apostle Paul in Scripture, Ephesians 3:20-21, to open his message: Read More