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Charles Spurgeon was once accosted by an agnostic who challenged his Christian beliefs. In response, the great Baptist preacher contrasted the failure of unbelievers to mount a sustained program of aid to the needy with the myriad ways Christians helped the weak and defenseless. Then, playing off the prophet Elijah’s challenge to the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel, he said, “The God who answereth by orphanages, let Him be God.”
More than a century after Spurgeon’s death, twenty-three Baptist children’s homes affiliated with twenty state Baptist conventions stand as a continued testimony to the truth of his observation. In contrast to much of the world’s failure to help needy children, 530,000 children and family members received some type of assistance from Southern Baptists through state convention and regionally sponsored Baptist children’s homes in 2012. More than 9,260 children found a safe refuge in residential care facilities. This—combined with more than eight thousand decisions for Christ ...
So, what exactly does the president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee do?
For Frank S. Page, who has served in that position since 2010, a big part of the answer is traveling the country to encourage pastors and other leaders to work together in fulfilling the Great Commission. In fact, Page says that the “CEO” in his title stands for “chief encouragement officer.”
“I enjoy direct contact with what I call real Southern Baptist pastors,” Page told SBC LIFE. “That’s small church pastors, medium church pastors. So I love speaking with them. I meet with lay people as well.”
Last year he preached almost every Sunday in churches from Massachusetts to Texas and went on three Convention-related international trips. He spoke thirty-one times at rallies, conferences, state convention meetings, and SBC entities and participated in eight local Baptist associational meetings.
THE RIGORS OF TRAVEL
Half of Page’s workin...
What would your church do if it found a way to save thousands of dollars in annual energy costs?
That’s what happened to Hurstbourne Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, when it upgraded light bulbs and thermostats to more energy-efficient models, lowering its gas and electric bills by five thousand dollars annually. And it used part of the savings to increase gifts to missions and ministries through the Cooperative Program, raising its contributions from 7 to 8.5 percent of undesignated receipts with plans for 10 percent within five years.
Pastor Mike O’Neal marvels at the potential Kingdom impact if every Southern Baptist church would examine its energy costs, make upgrades, and pass some of the savings along through CP.
“We’re just being better stewards,” O’Neal said of his congregation. “Why pay more to the power and light companies than you have to? Now we can devote those resources to Kingdom purposes.”
Hurstbourne’s journey toward savings began in 2009 when a local engineering firm proposed an e...