Indiana Baptists meet at camp's new worship center
In attendance were 170 messengers and 54 guests representing 84 SBCI churches and church plants across the state.
Highland Lakes' new worship center, which can seat 425 people, was constructed between March 2016 and March of this year. The camp, founded in 1960, now encompasses several conference facilities on 400-plus acres 30 miles southwest of Indianapolis.
The annual meeting's theme, "Kingdom Unhindered," was drawn from Acts 28:31: "He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ -- with all boldness and without hindrance!"
Featured speakers were SCBI President Bruce Reynolds, pastor of Old Town Hill Baptist Church in Muncie; the annual sermon from Lonnie Anderson, pastor of Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church in Kokomo; SCBI Executive Director Steve McNeil; and Timothy Beougher, associate dean of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry.
The SCBI's 2018 approved budget of $4,005,174 represents a 6.65 percent decrease from 2017. The 2018 budget anticipates $2,392,657 in CP receipts from churches, $857,000 from NAMB and $64,000 from LifeWay Christian Resources. The convention will continue to forward 40% of receipts to the SBC national and international missions and ministries.
Resolutions Committee chairman Roger Kinion, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Greenfield, presented a resolution in appreciation of Highland Lakes Baptist Camp for their hospitality and service during the 59th meeting of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana.
Messengers reelected all of the convention officers to a second term: president, Bruce Reynolds; first vice president, Roger Kinion; second vice president, Randy Forsythe, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Portage; and recording secretary, Sandy Irick, a member of Vann Avenue Baptist Church, Evansville.
The 2018 annual meeting will be Oct. 8-9 at Highland Lakes Baptist Camp.