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Founded in 1918, GuideStone is a leading financial services provider of retirement, investment, executive benefit services, life and health plans and property and casualty insurance coverage to Southern Baptist and evangelical churches, ministries and related organizations. Based in Dallas, Texas, and operating as a church benefits board, GuideStone serves more than 250,000 participants and 50,000 organizations worldwide. As of June 30, 2022, GuideStone has $18.4 billion assets under management.
GuideStone Capital Management® serves as the investment adviser to GuideStone Funds®, the nation's largest* faith-based mutual fund family with $14.9 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 2022.
GuideStone Funds are actively managed and utilize a manager-of-managers approach to provide access to multiple, proven investment management firms within a single mutual fund. By combining investment strategies from these various firms — each exhibiting differentiated styles and approaches — and optimizing them in alignment with intentional risk exposures, GuideStone Funds offers the potential for enhanced diversification and expanded sources of return relative to single-manager mutual funds.
Based in Dallas, Texas, GuideStone Funds and GuideStone Capital Management are controlled affiliates of GuideStone. GuideStone Funds shares are distributed by Foreside Funds Distributors LLC, not an advisor affiliate.
During the Monday afternoon plenary session, trustees heard from both Dilbeck and Chief Operating Officer John R. Jones, who provided an update on each line of business within the ministry. Additionally, several senior leaders provided reports on ongoing strategic initiatives in 2022.
Justin Stowell, an experienced non-profit marketing leader, has joined GuideStone as chief marketing officer. In the newly created role, Stowell will provide leadership for GuideStone’s marketing efforts across its retirement, investment, insurance and Mission:Dignity areas.
Mission:Dignity® recipients in New Mexico will receive an extra check — a 13th check — this month, thanks to efforts from churches and the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.
The following is a special statement from GuideStone® President, Dr. Hance Dilbeck, on the Supreme Court ruling Dobbs Decision.
In his first report to Southern Baptist messengers, GuideStone® President Hance Dilbeck recalled the first time he called into the call center of GuideStone as a 25-year-old pastor as he and his wife Julie were expecting their second child and had no insurance.
On June 26, we have the opportunity to return a blessing to righteous, unsung heroes of the faith. Namely, retired Southern Baptist pastors, workers and their widows who served and abundantly blessed those in their care during their years of ministry
A mixture of risks, including tightening monetary policy courtesy of the world’s central banks, rising interest rates, continued labor shortages and sustained high inflation, along with geopolitical risks from China and the Russia/Ukraine war, are helping to drive markets down.
Churches still have time to participate in the biennial SBC Church Compensation Survey.
Mission:Dignity® recipients in Texas will receive an extra check — a 13th check — in 2022 thanks to efforts from churches and the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.
Mission:Dignity® recipients in Oklahoma will receive an extra check — a 13th check — in 2022 thanks to efforts from churches and Oklahoma Baptists.
Almost 150 church and ministry business, HR and finance leaders from 22 states left Dallas with actionable insights and encouragement after the GuideStone Employee Benefits Summit (EBS).
GuideStone®, Lifeway Research and Baptist state conventions have again teamed up for the SBC Church Compensation Survey. Normally a biennial survey, the 2020 survey was canceled due to the pandemic; it was last conducted in 2018.
Mission:Dignity recipients in Florida will receive an extra check — a 13th check — in 2022 and annually after, thanks to the establishment of the Florida Baptist Retired Shepherd’s Fund. Proceeds from the sale of the Florida Baptist Retirement Center were used to establish the Retired Shepherd’s Fund.
Mission:Dignity recipients in Alabama will receive an extra check — a 13th check — in 2022 and annually after, thanks to the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions.
GuideStone® continued its efforts to ensure pastors and other church and ministry workers could focus on their callings while also achieving and meeting their financial goals and needs.
New Send Network church planting missionaries can take advantage of increased support through the North American Mission Board (NAMB), anchored by a slate of customized benefits from GuideStone Financial Resources.
Registration is open for the in-person Employee Benefits Summit, sponsored by GuideStone. It is scheduled for April 3–5 at the Westin Irving Convention Center, near the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
GuideStone® has released its most popular annual publication, the 2022 Ministers’ Tax Guide for 2021 Returns prepared by Richard Hammar, available now for GuideStone participants at GuideStone.org/TaxGuide.
Mission:Dignity recipients in the state of Mississippi will be receiving an extra check — a 13th check — in 2022 and annually after thanks to the efforts of the Mississippi Baptist Foundation, the Mississippi Baptist Convention and GuideStone.
After stocks finished their worst week since April 2020, investor uneasiness is understandable. The tech-heavy NASDAQ index lost 7.6% last week, and the broader S&P 500® index ended down 5.7% for the week.
Dr. Mark Dance is joining GuideStone Financial Resources in the newly created Director of Pastoral Wellness position. Dance previously served as a senior pastor for 28 years in churches in Texas and Arkansas before joining Lifeway Christian Resources in 2014. He is the co-founder of Care4Pastors. Most recently, he has served as Director of Pastoral Development for Oklahoma Baptists.
GuideStone® continued its focus in 2021 to live out its vision, to honor the Lord by being a lifelong partner with its participants in enhancing their financial security, O.S. Hawkins, president, said.
As dawn broke Saturday, December 11, on the historic damage wrought by a December tornado outbreak, GuideStone® staff began reaching out to churches across the Mid-South who may have been impacted by the December 10, 2021, tornado outbreak.
Generous donors ensured a record harvest for Mission:Dignity® during the November 30 national Giving Tuesday emphasis — more than $1.2 million was raised to provide financial assistance to retirement-age Southern Baptist ministers, workers and their widows struggling to meet basic needs.
Scripture only records the disciples asking Jesus to teach them one thing: How to pray. In response, He offered them the model prayer. Scripture is replete with examples of other prayers, yet too many Christians still don’t know how — or choose not – to pray.
Gifts to Mission:Dignity® made on November 30, 2021, #GivingTuesday, will be doubled up to $500,000 because of matching funds in that amount given by generous donors.
Mission:Dignity recipients in Arkansas received a special gift in September this year — a 13th check — thanks to a partnership among GuideStone, the Arkansas Baptist State Convention and the Arkansas Baptist Foundation.
Many pastors could get a pay raise, and it wouldn’t cost the church a dime extra by following a Salary and Benefits Approach rather than an outmoded Package Approach.
2021 has witnessed hospitals and ICUs filled to capacity, increased claims related to COVID-19 testing and care, significant increases in pharmacy claims, as well as additional care that was delayed due to COVID-19 isolation in 2020. All have contributed to drive insurance rates to rise for 2022 throughout the United States.
Brandon and Amanda Leslie were high school sweethearts. “We learned to drive together, we went to high school together, we went to college and were each other’s biggest supporter throughout life,” Amanda Leslie recalled. “We married in 2000 when I was 19, and he was 20.”
As part of the celebration of GuideStone Funds’ 20th anniversary, the Southern Baptist ministry formally announced its Global Impact Fund. The new Fund, available to pastors in the Church Retirement Plan and for institutional and personal investors, provides the opportunity to own investments in organizations that seek to protect life, promote human dignity and enhance the efficiency and accessibility of life-sustaining resources.
Hawkins tells the tales of the two larger-than-life North Texas pastors in his newest book, In the Name of God - The Colliding Lives, Legends, and Legacies of J. Frank Norris and George W. Truett. Published by B&H Academic and releasing Wednesday (September 1) from all booksellers, the book seeks to look objectively at the two who led their larger-than-life congregations.
August 27, 2001, feels like a world away. GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins was coming up on his fourth anniversary as president of what was then known as the Annuity Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. It was also the launch of a new era in GuideStone’s history — the launch of GuideStone Funds, the nation’s largest faith-based mutual fund family, serving over 250,000 individuals and 38,000 organizations.
Entrepreneur. Investor. College student? They may not sound like they go together, but for 19-year-old Matthew Noss, they are absolutely intertwined.
GuideStone® trustees approved benefit increases across the board for Mission:Dignity® recipients. The neediest couples with at least 25 years of paid Southern Baptist service will see their benefits grow by $150 each month — from $600 to $750 — beginning in January 2022.
GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins thanked Southern Baptists for their support, prayers and the opportunity to serve the 103-year-old ministry as he gave his final report to messengers meeting June 15, 2021, in Nashville. Hawkins last year asked trustees to appoint a Presidential Search Committee, chaired by retired Kansas pastor and trustee Steve Dighton. Last month, trustees unanimously elected D. Hance Dilbeck, Jr., to become GuideStone President-elect.
One Year. That’s how long it was for retired pastor Homer Hinson and his wife, Doris, to touch each other due to COVID-19 restrictions in Homer’s nursing home.
Dr. D. Hance Dilbeck Jr. was unanimously elected GuideStone® President-elect during a called meeting of the GuideStone Trustee Board on Thursday (May 20). Dilbeck, executive director-treasurer of Oklahoma Baptists since 2018, accepted the call and gave thanks to the Lord, his family and trustees for the opportunity to serve at GuideStone.
President Joe Biden last week signed a $1.9 trillion relief package with a stated aim to provide relief from the effects of COVID-19. The relief package — dubbed the American Rescue Plan — provides for stimulus payments of up to $1,400 for most Americans. Additionally, the bill provides additional unemployment aid and provides tax relief to families with children.
GuideStone® trustees gathered March 1 for their Winter 2021 meeting, their second Zoom meeting of the full trustee board in the last year. Trustees joined from around the United States to hear GuideStone’s management team reports about results, strategic endeavors, and other priorities.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has derailed many plans, financial planning should not be something set on the back burner, especially for pastors and other church leaders.
COVID-19 has racked the nation, and Texas’ Rio Grande Valley has been among the hardest hit. Many churches have faced dwindling attendance and giving as members suffer from the pandemic’s effects on their health and livelihood.
GuideStone® has released its most popular annual publication, the 2021 Ministers’ Tax Guide for 2020 Returns prepared by Richard Hammar, available now for GuideStone participants at GuideStone.org/TaxGuide.
With uncertainty, and with it market volatility, on the horizon for 2021, now is a great time for retirement plan participants to consider their risk tolerance and consider their retirement asset allocation.
Legislation signed late December 27 by President Donald Trump includes provisions that could assist churches and ministry organizations, including additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), as well as direct payments to some taxpayers.
While 2020 has been unprecedented on so many levels, GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins said the year has held its share of blessings for the ministry and its participants.
GuideStone Capital Management, LLC® was recognized today by Pensions & Investments as one of the 2020 Best Places to Work in Money Management.
GuideStone® President O.S. Hawkins asked trustees to begin the process of identifying his successor in September.
Gifts to Mission:Dignity® will be matched for those giving during the annual #GivingTuesday emphasis on December 1.
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Leaders of the various Southern Baptist Asian American organizations met virtually with GuideStone® leaders Thursday (October 8) for a time of conversation and fellowship.
While acknowledging no minister of the gospel ever truly retires from service to the Lord, every pastor should consider how to prepare for his vocational retirement and the ministry God may have in his latter years.
At the request of GuideStone® President O.S. Hawkins, trustees have appointed a search committee to begin considering a new president for the organization.
The book, which has sold well more than a quarter of a million copies, was reintroduced this summer in Spanish.
Kasan Boyd is no stranger to GuideStone’s employees and leadership. A 14-year veteran of GuideStone®, Boyd knows the organization’s needs thoroughly.
As churches begin reopening across the country, they are working to find the best ways to address a new challenge: how to maintain social distance while bringing back programming that is helpful for members, families and the community.
As an organization, GuideStone® anchors to the Bible, God’s infallible Word, and turns to it for guidance.
Dr. Chu Soh, a long-time health care industry executive and retired Air Force officer, has joined GuideStone® as chief insurance officer.
President Donald J. Trump signed a bill Friday, June 5, that will offer small businesses — including churches and ministries — that received Paycheck Protection Program loan money additional flexibility.
While the vast majority of churches quickly closed their doors through March, April and early May, the startup for churches may be a bit slower.
The guiding principles placed GuideStone® on a strong footing to weather the current crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mission:Dignity® Sunday, set each year by the Southern Baptist Convention for the fourth Sunday in June, is moving for 2020 only to the last Sunday in August due to lingering effects of COVID-19.
President Trump signed legislation that provides additional funding for the popular Paycheck Protection Program.
With the COVID-19 crisis impacting the global economy, and with it the budgets of churches and ministries, GuideStone® will host a webcast on Tuesday, April 21, to discuss the implications for churches.
Participants in GuideStone’s U.S.-based Highmark BCBS health plans will be able to receive physician-ordered, in-network, inpatient hospital care for COVID-19 treatment at no cost for claims incurred through May 31, 2020.
GuideStone® is offering a one-time opportunity for both Group Plans and Personal Plans to step down to a lower-cost health care plan for the remainder of 2020.
The U.S. Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans will be available to churches and ministries.
Each day brings news of the market up one minute and down the next; record losses one day and record gains the next.
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The COVID-19 Pandemic Phase III Stimulus Package (also referred to as the CARES Act) signed into law today by President Trump will provide potential relief for churches and pastors
Telemedicine has proven to be an effective way to seek medical attention during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
GuideStone Financial Resources® continues to monitor the developments around the novel coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19.
Worldwide markets have remained highly volatile in March as the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19, has continued its spread through Asia, Europe and the United States.
For the first time in the 175-year history of the Southern Baptist Convention, one of its historic boards will have an African-American woman trustee chair.
While the market moves and minute-by-minute headlines on cable news and social media can be alarming.
GuideStone® has released its most popular annual publication, the 2020 Ministers’ Tax Guide for 2019 Returns
Markets continued their winning ways last week, closing at or near record highs.
The deal moves to the Senate, where there is cautious optimism it will pass and then be forwarded to President Donald Trump for his signature.
Former Annuity Board, now GuideStone Financial Resources, President Dr. Darold H. Morgan passed away December 11. He was 95.
GuideStone Capital Management® was recognized as a winner in the 2019 Best Places to Work in Money Management awards announced by Pensions & Investments today.
January 2020 marks the second full year GuideStone® participants can select Secure Health® 3000 as their health plan.
Have you tried purchasing a gift for someone who has less than enough to make ends meet and yet insists on the gift going to someone more worthy?
As many churches enter budget season, they are seeking ways to stretch limited budget dollars to cover a myriad of good and God-honoring goals, including Cooperative Program giving and outreach in their local community.
GuideStone Financial Resources® trustees met in regular session July 29–30 to hear reports from the GuideStone® executive leadership team and staff about the ministry’s key lines of business.
We want to update you on recent legal and regulatory activity related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), church plans and group health plans.
Markets continued their record-setting ways, setting new, all-time highs again in June. Stocks are generally buoyed by strong economic reports in relation to employment, wages and consumer sentiment.
Bethel Baptist Church in Yorktown, Virginia, has long been missions-oriented, but a trip to the 2017 SBC Annual Meeting in Phoenix put Mission:Dignity® on their radar.
Litigation challenging the constitutionality of the minister’s housing allowance has formally ended after the Freedom From Religion Foundation chose not to appeal a Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Rick and Betty Hall, who live in a modest mobile home in central Alabama, have a multitude of stories about the small churches they served throughout the eastern part of the state over the course of three decades.
A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled that the minister’s housing allowance is constitutional under two landmark legal precedents, reversing a lower court’s ruling that declared the minister’s cash housing allowance unconstitutional because it violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
The Code book series by GuideStone® President O.S. Hawkins has officially sold more than one million copies since the publication of The Joshua Code: 52 Scripture Verses Every Believer Should Know in 2012 and will soon pass 1.5 million copies sold.
Protecting children, youth and other vulnerable populations — as well as responding well to reports from victims of abuse in churches and ministry organizations — will be topics covered during a free upcoming webcast sponsored by GuideStone®.
GuideStone Funds® was awarded the Lipper Fund Award from Refinitiv — formerly presented by Thomson Reuters — as the Best Overall Small Fund Family for 2019 on Thursday, March 7.
After marking the GuideStone Financial Resources® centennial anniversary in 2018 and executing a successful move to new leased office space, the ministry continues forward, focusing on the harvest the Lord has provided in 2019 and beyond, GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins told trustees.
GuideStone® has released its most popular annual publication, the 2019 Ministers’ Tax Guide for 2018 Returns
Financial markets continued to retreat in the wake of the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise the Fed Funds rate by 0.25 percent, to a range of 2.25 and 2.5 percent.
GuideStone Chief Strategic Investment Officer David S. Spika cautions retirement investors to focus on their long-term investment objectives and not allow dramatic headlines to prompt investors to make impulsive decisions.
In January, at the start of GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention’s centennial anniversary, O.S. Hawkins declared 2018 the Year of New Beginnings.
#GivingTuesday gifts to Mission:Dignity®, the GuideStone® ministry for retired Southern Baptist ministers and their widows near the poverty line, will be effectively doubled thanks to generous donors who have offered $250,000 in matching gifts.
Attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation presented oral arguments before a three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday (October 24), considering the constitutionality of the minister’s housing allowance.
Consultations with doctors through telemedicine will be available at no out-of-pocket charge for the majority of participants in GuideStone’s health plans in 2019.
Chief Strategic Investment Officer David S. Spika said that stock market volatility is a very common and normal occurrence.
Representatives of GuideStone® honored First Baptist Church of Norco, Louisiana, as it became the first property and casualty insurance customer served by the Southern Baptist entity in the state of Louisiana.
Reflecting on the number of days GuideStone® has served hundreds of thousands of participants, GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins noted that August 20, 2018 — the first day at GuideStone’s new home — was a momentous one.
GuideStone Financial Resources® trustees gathered July 30–31 in regular session to hear reports from the Guidestone® executive leadership team and staff about the ministry’s key lines of business.
Growing and going has been part of the GuideStone® story now for 100 years. The growth has been focused to provide the products and services that churches and ministries need.
Talk of tariffs and a trade dispute have added volatility to the financial markets due to the uncertainty it creates but will likely have little impact on long-term investors.
The GuideStone® ministry is searching for retired Southern Baptist ministers, workers and their widows who need financial assistance.
When the South Gate Baptist Church Girls in Action (GA) group decided to focus on Mission:Dignity® for their Christmas in August project, most of the members had never heard of the ministry that helps retired SBC ministers, workers, and their wives or widows.
No matter how little they might have appeared to have, Roy and Janice Southern understood one undeniable truth: You can’t outgive the Lord.
Churches and pastors looking for budget-minded health care coverage as well as protection for themselves, their employees and their families have another option to consider coming this summer.
An Oklahoma federal court issued a permanent injunction Thursday (March 15), prohibiting the federal government from enforcing the contraceptive mandate issued by the Obama Administration in 2013.
GuideStone Financial Resources® President O.S. Hawkins told trustees that 2018 — the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ministry — was a year that GuideStone® employees would take a glance to the past but would remain focused on the future of the ministry.
Continued uncertainty in the health care marketplace with the repeal of the individual mandate coming in 2019 and reductions in the number of individuals served by the health care exchanges has some pastors and ministry workers wondering about health care options this year.
As stock markets continue their record-setting ways, it’s important to remember, as Wall Street wisdom reminds: “Trees don’t grow to the sky.”
GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention® will relocate in late summer 2018 to 115,000 square feet of new leased offices at Pinnacle Tower.
Key ministry decision makers, along with human resources professionals and financial officers of churches and ministries, are invited to register for the second annual Employee Benefits Summit, March 26–28 in Dallas.
GuideStone reflects on first century of ministry, looks forward with expectancy to second century of service
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*As of June 30, 2022, GuideStone Funds® has $14.9 billion in assets, which makes GuideStone Funds the nation’s largest faith-based mutual fund family. No other faith-based fund family exceeds GuideStone Funds in asset size.