Several months ago, we spoke with two Anne Arundel County pastors, Jon Brewer of Lake Shore Baptist Church and Dennis Gray of Riva Trace Baptist Church, about pastoring and respecting governing authorities during the rapidly changing and often confusing challenges presented by COVID-19.
We are often asked, "Why should I want to affiliate with the SBC?" While there are countless advantages and disadvantages of affiliating with a denomination, Dr. Kevin Smith provides some of the reasons that he is personally committed to the Southern Baptist Convention.
hough Pastor Philip Pham and the members of Vietnamese Baptist Church are sad and frustrated by the burning of their church building on Tuesday night (Oct. 27), they have also been encouraged by the many expressions of love and support they have received.
The 2020 fiscal year for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) ended Sept. 30, 2020, and despite challenges related to the COVID-19 global pandemic, giving by Southern Baptist churches through the Cooperative Program (CP) for national and international missions and ministries totaled more than $192.9 million. After the September receipt of gifts of more than $14.8 million, giving for the year ended less than 2 percent below the national CP allocation budget.
Furthermore, our giving shows a decrease of 2.92 percent after the first nine months of this fiscal year versus a year ago, but our actual giving to date is only 1.47 percent below our projected budget for the first nine months of our fiscal year.