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WRAP-UP: State conventions underscore church planting, ethnic diversity, moral issues
NASHVILLE (BP) -- Church planting and increased ethnic diversity were celebrated in many of the state Baptist conventions' annual meetings this fall. In California three congregations involved in reaching a different ethnic group were featured, including Chinese Baptists ministering on an Indian reservation, one Anglo church engaged in reaching Hispanics and another hosting six different congregations -- Afghani, African American, Arabic, Armenian, Hispanic and Korean. Read More
WRAP-UP: More states raise budgets & CP
NASHVILLE (BP) -- More than half of the state Baptist conventions that participate in Southern Baptists' Cooperative Program approved increases for their 2013 budgets, reversing a five-year trend that peaked last year. Read More
Northwest Baptists reduce executive board
PORTLAND, Ore. (BP) -- Northwest Baptist Convention messengers reduced the size of the executive board and approved a $5 million budget that increases funding for new churches.
With the theme "Making, Marking & Maturing Disciples," the convention's 65th annual gathering drew 313 messengers and more than 40 visitors Nov. 13-14 at the Embassy Suites Airport in Portland.
Steve Schenewerk, pastor of Community Baptist Church in Winston, Ore., was re-elected as president, along with two new ... Read More
New England Baptists partner with new college
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (BP ) -- New England Baptists learned the latest news of their disaster relief outreach to survivors of superstorm Sandy and approved a partnership with a new Baptist college during their 30th annual meeting, Nov. 9-10 in Marlborough, Mass.
John Scoggins, one of the convention's DR volunteer leaders, told the 118 messengers in attendance that assessments were being done of damaged homes along the south shore of Connecticut. Scoggins also updated messengers on New England-... Read More
Ohio Baptists celebrate church planting
SANDUSKY, Ohio (BP) -- Ohio Baptists celebrated 44 church starts and heard an address by Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter during their 59th annual meeting in Sandusky.
The new church plants include seven language groups and two primarily African American congregations, joining the 241 new churches that Ohio Baptists have planted the past 15 years, reaching a total of some 700 churches in the state.
Luter challenged Ohio Baptists to share the Gospel with a lost and dying... Read More
Iowa Baptists increase church plants
DES MOINES, Iowa (BP) -- Iowa Baptists planted more than twice as many churches in the state this year than last, messengers to the group's 2012 annual meeting learned.
Church planters and others from across Iowa shared stories of their successes and evidence of God's power in their ministries.
"We are developing a culture in Iowa that understands that reproduction is natural and something every individual believer, church, association and cluster should be involved in doing," said Tom... Read More
Okla. Baptists renew focus on Sunday School
MOORE, Okla. (BP) -- The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma set forth a "ReConnect Sunday School" initiative at its 106th annual meeting Nov. 12-13 at First Baptist Church in Moore.
The meeting, with its "Connect" theme, provided an opportunity for Oklahoma Baptists to conduct business, elect officers, gather as a community of faith and share their vision for 2013.
The "ReConnect Sunday School" initiative calls on Oklahoma Southern Baptist churches to revitalize adult and children'... Read More
BGCT budget to remain at $38M
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (BP) -- The Baptist General Convention of Texas approved a $38 million budget for next year during its 2012 annual meeting in Corpus Christi.
The budget has remained the same since 2010. It includes $33.85 million in Cooperative Program receipts from BGCT member churches and $2.15 million in investment income.
Messengers allocated 79 percent of the budget for the work of the state convention and 21 percent for national and international causes, allowing each churc... Read More
Md./Del. convention has multi-ethnic flair
SILVER SPRING, Md. (BP) -- The 177th annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware included participation by several ethnic churches as well as the largest number of language church members ever present at the convention's annual gatherings.
With the theme "We Can't Stop," based on the account of Peter and John before the Sanhedrin in Acts 4, the meeting at Global Mission Church in Silver Spring, Md., drew 260 messengers and 96 guests.
During worship, groups from Burme... Read More
Ga. Baptists increase budget 3.7%, honor White
WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (BP) -- Messengers to the Georgia Baptist Convention's annual meeting increased their budget, honored their executive director, J. Robert White, for two decades of service and emerged with a renewed commitment to reach their state and world for Christ.
"My commission ... the Great Commission" was the theme for the 191st annual meeting at Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins.
The 1,128 messengers heard reports, approved a 2013 budget of $41,800,000, collected Bucket... Read More