Now debt free, church doubles CP giving to 10 percent

Pastor Scott Linginfelter had just preached the opening night of a tent revival on a farm field in rural Greenback, Tenn., when he told Baptist Press of his commitment to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Cooperative Program. “Somebody found treasure in a field,” he said of his sermon based on Matthew 13:44. “To find treasure, it […]

LifeWay reaches agreement to sell Ridgecrest

LifeWay Christian Resources has reached an agreement to sell Ridgecrest Conference Center and Summer Camps to the Ridgecrest Foundation. The two groups plan to complete the transfer of the North Carolina property and ministries by the end of 2020. “God has answered our prayers by providing a potential owner who loves the ministries of Ridgecrest […]

State conventions work together to offer women’s training event

In light of COVID-19, many Baptist state conventions have canceled on-site women’s training events. But seven conventions, including South Carolina, have joined together to develop a virtual event this fall to provide encouragement and training for women in ministry. The result — a training event called “One Day, One Focus” — will be held Oct. […]

Georgia law protects churches from COVID-19 liability

To protect businesses, including churches, from claims and lawsuits related to COVID-19, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed the Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act, which became effective Aug. 5. In order for an entity, defined by the bill to include “religious and educational organizations,” to avoid liability, a sign must be posted “at the point […]

New study Bible takes readers on Holy Land journey

Millions of Christians read the Bible each day, but few have a full grasp of the historical, cultural and geographical context of what they read. The new Holy Land Illustrated Bible from LifeWay Christian Resources aims to change that. The latest study tool to feature the text of the Christian Standard Bible, the Holy Land […]

Greear announces 2021 SBC theme

Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear has announced that the theme for the 2021 annual meeting will be “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Greear said the theme is designed to encourage Southern Baptists to show how we should treat each other and what we should be known for. The theme connects to a current movement […]

NAMB launches Next Step Leader

Pastoring a church has never been an easy job — preparing sermons, counseling church members through difficult circumstances, managing the day-to-day business of the church. Yet, 2020 brought a whole new set of challenges as pastors had to navigate through a global pandemic, racial tension and a widening divide in the culture. The North American […]

Georgia Baptists face challenging financial situation

The Georgia Baptist Convention has moved to substantially decrease its budget following a meeting of the Georgia Baptist Mission Board’s Executive Committee Sept. 15. Budget reductions came following a 10-year study of annual audits. The audits reported a 31 percent decrease in revenue, including a $1.21 million drop in Cooperative Program giving to the state […]

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

Sunday, Nov. 1, is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, and a group from the Upstate is ready and eager to help churches promote this important mission. Jesse French, founder and president of Operation Orange Ribbon, along with vice presidents Maurice Rice and Gerry Barlik, lead a group of volunteers focused on […]