“If we didn’t have BNG, we’d have to create something like it.”
I’ve heard this refrain over and over in the 10 years I’ve led Baptist News Global and its predecessor, Associated Baptist Press. I appreciate the sentiment it conveys. At the same time, I believe BNG’s pivotal role in hosting “Conversations That Matter” will be even more vital in the days to come.
The past decade has been awash with change in American culture and religious life. Your own life likely is different on several levels than it was 10 years ago. While we at BNG have flexed and adjusted to a constantly shifting landscape, two things remain unchanged:
- our commitment to providing outstanding, insightful, faith-based journalism every day at baptistnews.com, and
- our confidence in you and other readers to support our ministry.
At baptistnews.com, all our original content – including the hundreds of timely news stories, insightful analyses and engaging opinion articles we produce every year – is provided free of charge to you and other readers worldwide. No subscription fees. No paywalls.
Contributions account for 90 percent of our budget. Simply put, your generosity makes our work possible.
This year, when our culture, our politics and our faith communities seem more divided than ever, religious journalism practiced with integrity has never been more vital.
Another thing remains true for us: Contributions from our readers and advocates during the final weeks of December determine whether we finish our fiscal year in the black. Would you help generate a December outpouring of generosity with your own generous, year-end gift? (And if you are among those who have made a donation this month, thank you!)
Learn how you can give online or by mail. Or go directly to our secure, online form to make a One-time Gift now. Select Tribute Gift if you would like to make your donation in honor of, or in memory of, a special person.
A great way to maximize your support is to join the BNG Sustainers Circle with a recurring, monthly gift. Contributions from our Sustainers help build a consistent foundation of support. Choose the Monthly Gift option to set up a recurring charge to your credit card or an automatic withdrawal (Electronic Funds Transfer) from your bank account.
Questions? Call Kathryn Ashworth in our Winston-Salem office at (336) 717-1135, ext. 5.
Still wonder if your support makes a difference? Advocates for a free press for moderate and progressive Christians have helped generate remarkable growth in BNG’s audience reach and influence. Over the past 12 months, audience engagement at baptistnews.com, as measured by Google Analytics, surpassed 3 million visits from nearly 200 countries, with more than 4.1 million page views.
THANK YOU. And best wishes for a joyful Christmas and a wonderful new year.
David Wilkinson is BNG’s executive director and publisher.