By Staff, Baptist Message
Ken Hemphill, noted author, pastor and Southern Baptist leader will make three visits in Louisiana at the end of March.
Hemphill is a candidate for president of the Southern Baptist Convention, and will be officially nominated during the 2018 SBC Annual Meeting, June 12-13, in Dallas, Texas.
On March 27 Hemphill will speak during the 11 a.m. chapel service at Louisiana College in the Martin Performing Arts Center. Later that day, 6:30 p.m., he will meet with Louisiana Baptists at McClendon Baptist Church in West Monroe.
Wednesday, March 28, he will be the featured speaker at a noon event at the First Baptist Church in Bossier City.
A free lunch will be served and registration is requested by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The chapel service will be livestreamed at lacollege.edu/content/livestream-chapel-spring-2018.
The First Bossier luncheon will be streamed live on the church’s Facebook page, facebook.com/firstbossier.
According to a prior Baptist Message report, Hemphill has an established record of commitment to Southern Baptists, having served as president of Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as in leadership roles with the North American Mission Board, the SBC Executive Committee and North Greenville University.
He is a member of the First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, N.C., where Steve Scoggins is pastor.
According to the latest information entered in the Annual Church Profile database, FBCH has averaged giving more than 11 percent through the Cooperative Program each year during the last 20 years.
In 2016 and 2017, FBCH gave a combined $867,000 through the Cooperative Program, while averaging about 1,460 in worship attendance. That is a Cooperative Program giving average of 12.2 percent over the two years — and a per capita average of about $300 contributed each year by each worshiper through the Cooperative Program.
During the same two-year period the congregation contributed $152,926 and $150,445, respectively to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, as well as $49,115 and $42,219 to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.
ACP records show the congregation has been consistently strong in its support of these two mission offerings for at least 20 years, averaging $110,103 (LMCO) and $36,779 (AAEO) in annual gifts for two decades.