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Illinois Baptist Nonprofit Organization U.S. POSTAGE PAID Peoria, Illinois Permit No. 325 Should I stay or should I go?' Nate Adams on the Annual Meeting in Chicago P. 2 Sign up for Tours & Meals IBSAannualmeeting.org P. 13 PLUS: New survey from the pews P. 7 BY MORGAN JACKSON Pastors & Politics in focus OCTOBER 03, 2016 Vol. 110 No. 14 News journal of the Illinois Baptist State Association Stay connected with IBSA media Get news and commentary online. See page 3 for addresses. When three new churches held their inaugural worship services September 18, it was an answer to prayer, said IBSA's Van Kicklighter . The Church Planting Team regularly prays Luke 10:2 (or Matthew 9), where Jesus acknowl- edges 'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few' and then challenges us to 'pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest,'" said Kicklighter, associate executive director for church planting. As we have prayed, God has blessed us with a season where he has provided 'laborers.'" METRO EAST Big day for church starts Three congregations launched September 18 P. 4 KICKLIGHTER Some endorse candidates, some don't. Here's why. DISASTER RELIEF More workers recruited Nationwide all-call to flood zone P. 5 CHURCH FINANCES Staffcompensation Salaries up, benefits down P. 6 How does your Sunday school stack up? P. 14 A Heart for Missions It's Cooperative Program Month P. 11

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