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GuideStone Marks Its Centennial with a Nod to the Past and a Focus on the Future
The story of GuideStone® could be told in time: one hundred years of ministry. It could be told in dollars: A $100,000 gift from the Baptist Sunday School Board that kicked off its ministry in 1918.

Dr. William Lunsford understood the need was great.

Witnessing many thousands of men returning from World War I and the care the government took for those returning soldiers sparked an idea. Seeing the pension plans of major businesses, government, and the military, Lunsford wanted to see the soldiers of the cross cared for as well.

One fall day in 1916 the Nashville pastor stood at the local Baptist pastors’ conference and issued a challenge:

“Our churches have created the conscience in government and industry to cause them to provide for their disabled and aged workers. Why don’t we practice what we preach?”

His burden was for the tragic situation of worn-out Baptist preachers and their families. Many faced hardship and physical need during their later years. Lunsford’s theme: men who dedicate their lives to the Gospel should have the love and care of their brethren in their retirement years.

His mission was met with agreement throughout the Southern Baptist Convention. Out of tha...

Ninety Years of Service to Those Who Serve the Lord

As the predawn light creeps around the buildings in Dallas' central business district, a few early-bird joggers wind through the sidewalks and trails, getting ready to start the day.

It's 6 a.m., and many Texans stare in disbelief or distress at alarm clocks that summon them to a morning of commutes, careers, and chores. While some have barely awoken, a steady stream of cars pulls into the underground parking garage at GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.

While some GuideStone staffers are the early birds, some are the night owls: GuideStone's building still is buzzing with activity well after the sun sets.

More than four hundred people work within GuideStone. All have a common purpose and goal in their work lives: to serve those who serve the Lord.

On each person's desk at GuideStone sits a small reminder of GuideStone's motto, "to serve the Lord with the integrity of our hearts and the skillfulne...