AML entities report good news
By Brian Blackwell, Baptist Message personal writer
ALEXANDRIA, (LBM) – Messengers to the 2022 Louisiana Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, Nov. 15, held at Calvary Baptist Church, Alexandria, heard encouraging updates from the four entities of State.
Louisiana Baptist Foundation President Jeff Steed explained how the entity helps increase God’s presence and prominence through financial ministry.
Steed announced that the LBF has launched Giving Gateway, an initiative that helps churches and individuals build a legacy and develop a culture of giving through various options that will impact future generations for Christ. More information can be found at giving-gateway.net.
He reported that more than $2.2 million in special gifts set up over the past 12 months have benefited churches and other ministries, and that the Foundation’s short-term fund during the same period brought in more than $1.9 million for church accounts and other ministries. In addition, $20.9 million in overall support to the ministry has been made since the July 2020 launch of the LBF’s Vision200 (aiming to impact the Kingdom with $200 million through the LBF in 20 years or less).
Through LBF’s ChurchBiz services, the entity recently added accounting services, online giving, church loans, payroll services, an IT helpline and fundraising, Steed added.
“Thank you, Louisiana Baptists, for the honor of partnering with the ministry to move the Kingdom forward one dollar at a time, one ministry at a time, one life at a time,” Steed said.
Louisiana Christian University President Rick Brewer shared how God has bestowed many blessings on the school.
During the 2021-22 academic year, LCU celebrated: Reaffirmation of accreditation with no findings of non-compliance from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (the regional accrediting body ); success through its athletic program after transitioning from NCAA to NAIA athletic classification; and classroom updates.
More recently, the school launched the Jonathan E. Martin Master of Business Administration program. It will offer distinctive emphases for data analytics, finance, accounting, healthcare, marketing, management, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
Brewer reminded the messengers LCU is a Christ-centered university that intends to teach students to make a difference for Christ in the culture through courses, seminars and faculty who are passionate about Jesus.
“The Faithful Christian University doesn’t just teach evangelism and missions,” he said. “No, it’s driven by them.”
BAPTIST MESSAGE/PUBLIC POLICY
Baptist message Editor Will Hall told messengers the entity’s budget in the reporting book and reported the listener’s comment that the news service’s finances are “in excellent shape”. Hall also directed messengers to another page with an article about how his team provided extensive coverage of issues, personalities and events that impact Baptist life, work, homes and ministries. of Louisiana.
He also outlined plans for 2023, noting special coverage that will be given to how Baptists in Louisiana are using events leading up to the Southern Baptist Convention, scheduled for New Orleans, to reach the lost for the Christ. Moreover, the Baptist message plans a special edition (to be distributed at the SBC) that will highlight the work of Baptists in the state with articles about pastors, evangelists and church planters who lead Louisiana Baptists in soul winning .
Hall, who also serves as director of the Convention’s Office of Public Policy, said Louisiana Baptists won key legislative victories in 2022 and led crowds to celebrate the Supreme Court’s decision that overturned Roe vs. Wade as well as the subsequent state ban on abortion.
“Since the Supreme Court verdict was released in June, nearly 2,600 Louisiana babies have been saved from abortion to date,” Hall said.
He noted that there were 15 Louisiana Baptist lawmakers in the House and eight in the Senate, and he said most had worked with the Office of Public Policy to pass good laws and oppose bad laws.
“I want you to understand the difference you are making and making with the resolutions you pass on moral issues, social concerns and religious liberty,” he said. “You are helping to change the culture of our state as a community of faith known as Louisiana Baptists.”
Hall ended her report by paying tribute to three people who are strong partners with Louisiana Baptists in a pro-life, pro-family initiative: Claire Lemoine, former director of the CENLA Pregnancy Center (Esther’s Courage Award); and Ben Clapper, executive director, Louisiana Right to Life, and Gene Mills, president, Louisiana Family Forum (Shammah’s Courage Awards).
LOUISIANA BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOME
Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries President and CEO Perry Hancock said he’s grateful Louisiana Baptists care about seeing others come to Christ, specifically citing the ministry of placement and Entity Connect1Child adoption; Residential Minister Care Program (for transitioning LBC pastors and SBC missionaries on assignment in the United States, transitioning to a new ministry, or retiring from missionary service); HomePlace ministry for homeless women and their children; and the Granberry advice centres. He also praised the ministry done in partnership at the Haitian Children’s Village built by Louisiana Baptists.
He said that in 2021, the entity was caring for more than 8,000 children, families and people in need.
“Thank you for your attention,” he said. “Because you care, it makes a difference.”