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

    by Art Toalston, posted Friday, October 05, 2018 (13 days 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 (2 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 (4 months ago)

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    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 (5 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 (5 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 (8 months ago)

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    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

  • FIRST-PERSON: Raising debt-free children

    by Elizabeth Owens, posted Monday, October 16, 2017 (one year ago)

    In teaching children about money, Elizabeth Owens notes it is better "to let them make some bad choices with a few dollars -- and learn from it -- than to make bad choices later on with many more dollars." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Our double-edged smartphones

    by Art Rainer, posted Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (one year ago)

    Smartphones, Art Rainer writes, have both positive and negative effects, from mobile giving to impulse purchases. Don't "waste precious time" using them "on insignificant comforts," he counsels. Read More

  • Solar power: church to aid community & lower costs

    by Myriah Snyder/Kentucky Western Recorder, posted Friday, August 18, 2017 (one year ago)

    CAMPTON, Ky. (BP) -- A Kentucky church is embracing solar power as a means to help the community and reduce their carbon footprint.

    Campton Baptist Church, part of the Red River Baptist Association, has installed 80 solar panels on the roof of the church, a project sponsored and installed by SonLight Power, an Ohio-based nonprofit that provides renewable electricity to communities worldwide. This was their first project in the United States.

    Campton's pastor, Gary Conner, sees the project as a "way to invest in the community." Read More