September 14, 2014
2013: State Annual Meeting Roundup
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NW Baptists welcome 19 churches
YAKIMA, WA (BP) -- Northwest Baptist Convention messengers welcomed 19 churches into affiliation, approved a $5,177,000 budget for 2014 -- which increases resources for church planting, evangelism and communications -- and elected Dale Jenkins, pastor of Airway Heights (Wash.) Baptist Church as president.
Ohio Baptists focus on prayer
PERRYSBURG, Ohio (BP) -- With a focus on prayer and a goal to reach 1 million of 11.5 million residents in their state with the Gospel, 254 Ohio Baptist messengers plus guests gathered for their 60th annual meeting.
Okla. Baptists mark 40 years of disaster relief
BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (BP) -- A sea of yellow shirts greeted those attending the opening session of the 107th annual meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma at First Baptist Church in Broken Arrow as the 40th anniversary of Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief was celebrated.
The celebration was marked with hundreds of disaster relief volunteers dressed in their trademark yellow shirts, vests and jackets on hand, with a portion of the BGCO's DR fleet of trucks and vehicles on display in the parking lot for the community to tour and see.
Penn-Jersey Bapt. exec: 'Change is coming'
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (BP) - Messengers to the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/South Jersey continued moving forward with a growing focus on church health, multiplying congregations and missional living during their annual meeting.
S.C. Baptists closer to 3-year goal
COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) -- Messengers to the 193rd annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention adopted a new vision theme, and approved a 2014 budget that could move the convention closer to increasing its international missions giving by 21.95 percent -- and eventually a 50/50 split in CP receipts. They also elected new officers and endorsed a slate of resolutions.
Tenn. implementation vote slated for 2014
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (BP) -- An emphasis on 1-5-1 Harvest Plants brought perhaps the most culturally diverse group of messengers ever to the Tennessee Baptist Convention's annual meeting Nov. 12-13 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.
Texas convention holds 'Family Gathering'
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (BP) -- "God loves diversity," Jeff Johnson, president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, said in addressing the three-day "Texas Baptists Family Gathering" this summer.
SBTC approves $27.1 million budget
AMARILLO, Texas (BP) -- The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, meeting in Amarillo, Texas, embraced a "Look Like Heaven" emphasis to spur cross-cultural worship and cooperation, approved a $27,149,526 Cooperative Program budget -- a 3.06 percent increase -- and elected a new president, Jimmy Pritchard of Forney, Texas.
Utah-Idaho Baptists celebrate growth
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (BP) - Utah-Idaho Southern Baptists celebrated 13 church plants, including five that worship in a Hispanic context, and four newly-constituted churches during their 49th annual meeting in Idaho Falls.
BGAV governance aims for 2015 implementation
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (BP) -- The Baptist General Association of Virginia adopted a far-reaching governance proposal Nov. 13 which leaders said would position the network of 1,400 churches to more effectively meet the challenges of the 21st century while maintaining broad representation from its diverse constituency.
Va. Baptists celebrate 20 new churches
ROANOKE, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia celebrated new church plants, stories of baptisms and a near record-breaking attendance of 990 registered messengers and guests during their annual meeting. The theme of this year's gathering was "Strong Churches with a Bold Commitment to the Great Commission."
W.Va. Baptists welcome first Chinese church
PRINCETON, W.Va. (BP) -- West Virginia Baptists welcomed eight new churches, including their first Chinese congregation, to the convention during their 43rd annual meeting at Immanuel Baptist Church in Princeton.
Wyo. Baptists strengthen local ownership
CASPER, Wyo. (BP) -- Wyoming Baptists approved at their 30th annual meeting Future Study Group recommendations to decentralize staffing and create more local support and ownership of strategy and ministry.

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