February 6, 2019
|February 4, 2019 by Chad Austin, BSC Communications|
|Despite experiencing a budget shortfall in 2018 that was called “significant,” Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) officials are optimistic about the long-term financial ... READ MORE|
|February 4, 2019 by K. Allan Blume, BR Editor|
Mike Pittman, church planter and lead pastor of Vertical Church in Lumberton, was approved as the new Church Planting Team Leader by the convention’s executive committee ...
|February 4, 2019 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press|
Church participation leads to more happiness and civic engagement, Pew Research Center said Jan. 31 after analyzing surveys from the U.S. and 25 other countries.
|February 5, 2019 by David Roach, Baptist Press|
Georgia missions pastor Sky Pratt has been named chairman of the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention Committee on Committees, SBC President J.D. Greear announced Feb. 4. READ MORE
N.C. Baptists celebrate 2018, look ahead to 2019
Rebuilding communities, planting the gospel in Puerto Rico
Todd Deaton to rejoin S.C. Baptist Courier staff
African American history illuminates pastor's life
COLUMN: Keep on going to church
K. Allan Blume
$3 million budget shortfall
Headlines are simply headlines. They tell enough of the story to grab your attention, but there is always more to the story. If you only read the headline, you will miss the context of the real story and the facts that clarify the broader issues.
For example, in this week’s print issue of the Biblical Recorder and this issue of the BRweekly, you will read about a $3 million shortfall in the state convention’s Cooperative Program (CP) budget. That’s a lot of money and sounds like an ominous drop in CP giving. When you read the whole story, you will understand how Hurricane Florence not only damaged properties and individuals, but also strongly impacted the amount of dollars that would have flowed into North Carolina Baptists’ mission causes and ministry projects. You will also read that a significant portion of the shortage is attributed to “timing.” A large sum of 2018's expected dollars flowed into the category of 2019 budget receipts.
There is no doubt that CP support is not growing as needed. It may not be as bad as it appears on the surface, yet CP still needs to grow significantly. We have a huge task and it will only be accomplished when all Baptists and all Baptist churches give generously, cooperatively, passionately and sacrificially. Our teamwork makes an eternal difference! Go team!
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