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Illinois Baptist Nonprofit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Peoria, Illinois Permit No. 325 mission It's a 3-way race for SBC President As another candidate declares, a new issue arises: CP support A special report from the scene begins on P. 7 APRIL 18, 2016 Vol. 110 No. 06 News journal of the Illinois Baptist State Association Get frequent updates Get news and commentary online. See page 3 for addresses. REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK So this is normal Discoveries on a college campus LISA SERGENT P. 6 TABLE TALK Is our tent too big? Or our circle too small. NATHAN CARTER P. 13 Illinois team aids impoverished women in South Asia St. Louis Its a three-man race for president of the Southern Baptist Convention. David Crosby, pas- tor of New Orleans First Baptist Church, has joined Steve Gaines and J.D. Greear in a trio of can- didates messengers will consider when the Convention convenes in St. Louis June 13-14. Fellow New Orleans pastor and former SBC president Fred Luter will nominate Crosby in St. Louis. I have watched David the last 10 years here in New Orleans as he has taken the leadership of all the churches and pastors of our city in helping to rebuild New Orleans, which every- body knows was totally destroyed [in 2005] in Hurricane Katrina, Luter told Baptist Press. I saw how he was able to get a lot of things done to get the city back up and run- ning, Luter said, not- ing Crosbys passion for the Body of Christ and for our convention....I can see that same passion he had for our city leading the Southern Baptist Convention. Crosbys fellow candidates are also southern pastors: Gaines leads Bellevue Baptist Church in Mem- phis, Tenn., and Greear pastors The Summit Church in Raleigh-Dur- ham, N.C. Each candidates ministry was profiled in separate Baptist Press articles including their churches missions giv- ing. Giving through the Cooperative Program Southern Baptists' unified program of supporting North American and global missions and ministriesis a key issue for Bap- tists as they elect leaders to the de- nominations top post. The number most often reported is the percentage of its undesignated offerings that a church gives through CP. FBC New Orleans currently for- wards 7% of undesignated receipts Will I see you in St. Louis? Nate Adams on the upcoming Convention P. 2 P. 4 Workplace Mission Field Illinois team impoverished wom in South A Holding Out Hope DIANA DAVIS P. 13

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