National CP giving tops $200 million for the first time since 2008

In the midst of ongoing financial challenges related to the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, Southern Baptists have given more than $200 million through the national Cooperative Program allocation budget for the first time since 2008. Giving for the 2021-2022 fiscal year totaled $200,452,607, becoming the first time in 14 years that CP giving […]

National CP giving tops $200 million for first time since 2008

In the midst of ongoing financial challenges related to the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, Southern Baptists have given more than $200 million through the national Cooperative Program allocation budget for the first time since 2008. Giving for the 2021-2022 fiscal year totaled $200,452,607.68, becoming the first time in 14 years that CP giving […]

Rick Warren announces retirement from Saddleback

Pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren announced June 6 that he is stepping down from leading Saddleback Church, the Southern California megachurch he founded in 1980. In a message titled “How to Discern the Best Time to Make a Major Change,” Warren, 67, announced the church would begin the official search for his successor in […]

Fire guts Cowpens church sanctuary on Christmas weekend

A fire raged through the buildings of Cowpens First Baptist Church on Saturday, Dec. 26. More than a dozen local fire stations responded, but ultimately the sanctuary and the attached education building were declared a complete loss. The fire, which started Saturday afternoon, was noticed by a church employee who notified authorities. By the time […]

Stanley transitions to pastor emeritus at Atlanta First

In a video announcement following the online service at First Baptist Church in Atlanta Sept. 13, longtime pastor Charles Stanley announced his transition to pastor emeritus. Stanley, who came to First Baptist as an associate pastor in 1969 before being named pastor two years later, informed the church’s board earlier this month of the decision. […]

Falwell to take indefinite leave of absence from Liberty

Updated Sept. 1, 2020: Liberty University announced Friday, Aug. 7, that Jerry Falwell Jr. will take “an indefinite leave of absence” from his leadership role at the school. Falwell had come under criticism after he posted a photo, since deleted, Sunday night, Aug. 2, of him on his yacht with his pants unzipped and his […]