September 17, 2014
2013: State Annual Meeting Roundup
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States budget more for Great Commission
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Trending among Baptist state convention meetings this year was the decision to send more money to the mission field -- a challenge set forth by the Great Commission Task Force adopted by the SBC at its 2010 annual meeting in Orlando.
Marriage defense rises in state conventions
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Baptists once again underscored their commitment to traditional marriage in state convention meetings across the nation in 2013.
Ala. Baptists seek to be 'Life Changers'
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (BP) Alabama Baptists approved a 2014 Cooperative Program budget that represents a $1 million decrease from this year's budget during their annual meeting. But messengers took a continued step forward in a multiyear strategy toward an even split of CP receipts with Southern Baptist Convention causes.
Alaska Baptists budget for CP increase
JUNEAU, Alaska (BP) -- The Alaska Baptist Convention is budgeting just over $700,000 in Cooperative Program gifts from the 100 cooperating churches in the state in 2014, a 2.8 percent increase over the $683,679 received in 2013.
Ark. Baptists address medical marijuana push
ROGERS, Ark. (BP) -- Messengers to the 160th annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention approved a Cooperative Program budget of $22 million and, among four resolutions, encouraged voters to reject all attempts to legalize medical marijuana in the state in next year's general election.
Ariz. Baptists aim 'to make disciples'
TUCSON, Ariz. (BP) -- Arizona Southern Baptists have adopted new mission and vision statements to guide their work for the next 15 years.
Calif. Baptists increase CP percentage
EL CAJON, Calif. (BP) -- Messengers to the California Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting approved all Executive Board recommendations related to the Focus 21 Task Force, adopted a $13 million budget with an increased Cooperative Program percentage for worldwide missions, and they elected officers.
Colo. cuts budget, gives more to missions
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (BP) -- Colorado Baptists will operate on a smaller budget next year but give more money to national and world missions, messengers voted at the 2013 annual meeting.
Dakota Baptists increase CP giving
MANDAN, N.D. (BP) -- The Dakota Baptist Convention will increase its national Cooperative Program giving by 4 percent in 2014, from 16 to 20 percent of offerings from Dakota churches, the result of action by messengers at the DBC's 2013 annual meeting.
Fla. Baptists closer to 50/50 CP split
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (BP) -- While focusing on "Partnering for God's Kingdom," Florida Baptists moved one step closer to sending half of their Cooperative Program gifts to national and international missions with the approval of a $30.5 million CP budget during their 152nd annual meeting.
Ga. Baptists surpass 20,000 backpacks goal
DACULA, Ga. (BP) -- As Georgia Baptists gathered for the annual meeting of the state convention they brought a veritable mountain of backpacks.
Hawaii names Christopher Martin as exec
HONOLULU (BP) -- The Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention has chosen Christopher Martin, pastor of Lahaina Baptist Church in Maui, as its next executive director.
Hawaii Baptists stand for biblical marriage
HONOLULU (BP) -- Messengers to the 71st annual meeting of the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention approved a resolution upholding traditional marriage just days before same-sex marriage was legalized, making Hawaii the 15th state to embrace the practice.
Messengers focus on 'Mission Illinois'
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (BP) -- The 107th Annual Meeting of the Illinois Baptist State Association drew messengers together under one theme with three pieces: Churches, Together, Advancing the Gospel.
Indiana Baptists to sell offices, rebuild
INDIANAPOLIS (BP) -- The State Convention of Baptists in Indiana will sell its office building and use the money to retire debt and build a new facility on the Highland Lakes Camp property, Executive Board chairman Ray Deeter announced at the convention's annual meeting.

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