COLLINS SEEKS ‘REAL TIME’ BAPTISMS

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

BRENTWOOD — Roc Collins joined the staff of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board as director of evangelism in January with one purpose in mind — to see more Tennesseans come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.

Collins, director of evangelism for the TBMB, also had a strong desire to see the convention meet the evangelism/discipleship goal of seeing at least 50,000 Tennesseans annually saved, baptized, and set on the road to discipleship by 2024 (the first of 5 Objectives, a strategic 10-year plan, adopted by convention messengers in 2014). [Read more…]

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MISSIONS EDUCATION IS IMPERATIVE: PITTS

Editor’s note: You can listen to Martha Pitts discuss missions during Episode 7 of Radio B&R, the official news podcast of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.

 

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Martha Pitts speaks during the annual WMU Missions Get-Together in Gatlinburg. She was elected to a second term as state WMU president.
— Photo by Chris Turner

GATLINBURG — Tennessee Woman’s Missionary Union President Martha Pitts is a product of missions education. And she is a huge proponent of it today.

“I started early. I grew up in Girls in Action (GAs). People invested in me and took me on missions trips and taught me early on to look around for people who were in need,” Pitts said during an interview for a Radio B&R podcast with Chris Turner.

As an adult Pitts taught GAs and later became the associational WMU director (Shelby County Baptist Association, now Mid-South Baptist Association). Though she held different positions, one thing remained the same — her love for missions. “I love getting out to people and telling them about Jesus,” said Pitts, who was elected to a second one-year term as president during the Missions Get-Together held March 31-April 2 at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. [Read more…]

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CELEBRATE, SUPPORT THE COOPERATIVE PROGRAM

Jason Allen
President, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Mo.

cplogoThe Cooperative Program ought not be a sacred cow, but it is close to one for me. Begun by Southern Baptists nearly a century ago, it has proven to be a most effective and enduring way to support our collective ministry and missions work. I often visit with leaders of other evangelical denominations who are envious of the Cooperative Program. And they should be; there is nothing like it in American Protestantism.

I was reared in a Southern Baptist church, so I grew up with a general awareness of the Cooperative Program. But it was not until I sensed God’s call to ministry that I became fully aware — and fully appreciative — of the Cooperative Program. [Read more…]

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TBC CP GIFTS HOLD STEADY

Baptist and Reflector

cplogoBRENTWOOD — Tennessee Baptist Convention churches gave $2,796,195 through the Cooperative Program in March.
For the year-to-date, Tennessee Baptists have given $14,614,829.

After five months of the current fiscal year, the total is $97,249 or 0.7 perecent below what was given during the same time frame last year.
The amount is $31,496 or 0.22 percent over current budget needs.

“I am so thankful for Tennessee Baptists’ faithful and sacrificial giving through the Cooperative Program to Great Commission work at home and around the world,” said Randy C. Davis, president and executive director of the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board.

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PAGE & MOORE: ‘WE FULLY SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER’

By David Roach
Baptist Press

Frank S. Page, Russell Moore

Frank S. Page, Russell Moore

NASHVILLE (BP) — Despite a Washington Post article suggesting Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee President Frank S. Page could ask Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore to resign amid ongoing controversy, the two SBC entity leaders reported a collegial meeting today (March 13) and said they “fully support one another.”

Earlier in the day, amid a social media flurry following the Post’s report, Page told Baptist Press he planned on “bridge-building” with Moore with no anticipation of requesting a resignation. [Read more…]

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FAMILY CHOOSES CP FOR MEMORIAL

By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector

Levi Parish

Levi Parish

NEWPORT – Levi Parish spent the better part of his ministry supporting and encouraging others to support the Cooperative Program.

So when he passed away on Feb. 26, it was only natural that the family wanted to do something special in his memory.

“He loved missions,” Sherry Parish said of her husband of 53 years. “In every church we served, he encouraged the church to increase its giving through the Cooperative Program,” she recalled. “He was a strong believer and supporter of the Cooperative Program his entire ministry. [Read more…]

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TBC GIFTS HOLD STEADY

Baptist and Reflector

cplogoBRENTWOOD – Tennessee Baptist Convention churches contributed $2,789,097 through the Cooperative Program in February.

For the year-to-date, Tennessee Baptists have given $11,818,634. The amount is $145,614 or 1.2 percent below what was given at the same time last year.  [Read more…]

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PRESTONWOOD ESCROWS CP FUNDS, CITES ERLC ACTIONS

By David Roach
Baptist Press

170222prestonwood1PLANO, Texas (BP) — A Dallas-area megachurch has decided to escrow Cooperative Program funds temporarily in order to evaluate future support of Southern Baptist Convention causes.

At issue are what the congregation calls “various significant positions taken by the leadership of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission that do not reflect the beliefs and values of many in the Southern Baptist Convention,” according to a statement the church released to Louisiana’s Baptist Message newsjournal.

Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, will escrow what would amount to $1 million annually, the Message reported Feb. 16. [Read more…]

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CP, GOTM GIFTS INCREASE

Baptist and Reflector

Objective_4_CP_ICON_cpBRENTWOOD — Tennessee Baptist Convention churches gave $2,870,821 through the Cooperative Program in January.

For the year-to-date, Tennessee Baptists have given $9,029,537. The amount is $69,675 or 0.8 percent over the amount given during the same time frame last year.

After the first quarter of the fiscal year, Cooperative Program gifts are $279,537 or 3.19 percent over current budget needs. [Read more…]

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STATES BOOST CP GIVING

Baptist Press

Jeremy Westbrook, outgoing president of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio and pastor of Living Hope Church in Marysville, delivers his address during the SBCO’s Nov. 2 annual meeting in Vandalia.

Jeremy Westbrook, outgoing president of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio and pastor of Living Hope Church in Marysville, delivers his address during the SBCO’s Nov. 2 annual meeting in Vandalia.

NASHVILLE — Ohio Baptists approved the largest increase in the portion of Cooperative Program receipts sent beyond the state next year, moving from the current 59.75/40.25 ratio to a 50/50 split.

“Supporting missions from Ohio to the ends of the earth is the heartbeat of Ohio Southern Baptists,” said Ohio Executive Director Jack Kwok in praising the decision.

The State Convention of Baptists in Ohio (SCBO) joins four other conventions that forward half or more to the Southern Baptist Convention, without a “shared ministry” calculation, including the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (55/45), Florida (51/49), Iowa (50/50) and Nevada (50/50). [Read more…]

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