2015 State Annual Meetings

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  • Okla. Baptists focus on individual evangelism

    by Staff/Oklahoma Baptist Messenger , posted Wednesday, December 02, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Bob Nigh
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (BP) -- An emphasis of sharing the Gospel was made throughout the reports, presentations and addresses at the 109th annual meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.

    With 621 registered messengers from state Baptist churches, and numerous guests, attendees were charged by the annual meeting's theme "Connect>1" that focused on spreading the Gospel through individual evangelism. Read More

  • Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network celebrates 180th year

    by Sharon Mager/Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network , posted Tuesday, December 01, 2015 (2 years ago)

    OCEAN CITY, Md. (BP) -- Nearly 500 messengers and guests representing 165 churches gathered for the Mid-Atlantic Baptist Network's 180th celebration Nov. 8-10 in Ocean City, Md. Read More

  • 2000 BF&M slated for Miss. Baptists' 2016 meeting

    by William H. Perkins Jr./Mississippi Baptist Record, posted Tuesday, December 01, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo by William H. Perkins Jr.
    JACKSON, Miss. (BP) -- Messengers to the Mississippi Baptist Convention's 2015 annual meeting heard the first reading of a proposed constitutional amendment relating to the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message to be voted on at the convention's 2016 annual meeting.

    Messengers also elected a new president and approved a 2016 Cooperative Program budget of over $31.5 million. Read More

  • Cyclists, father-son tell CP value to Ariz. Baptists

    by Elizabeth Young/Arizona Portraits, posted Monday, November 30, 2015 (2 years ago)

    YUMA, Ariz. (BP) -- At an annual meeting bookended by missions activities, Arizona Southern Baptists heard Cooperative Program testimonies, adopted the first Cooperative Program budget increase in five years and were reminded of their personal responsibility to share the Gospel.

    "All Peoples" was the theme of the annual meeting, attended by 175 messengers and 40 registered visitors at Stone Ridge Church in Yuma. It was the first time since 1979 that the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting had been held ... Read More

  • Illinois Baptists commit to 5 evangelism challenges

    by Eric Reed & Meredith Flynn/Illinois Baptist, posted Monday, November 30, 2015 (2 years ago)

    MARION, Ill. (BP) -- The theme song for the evangelistic focus of the Illinois Baptist State Association's 109th annual meeting left messengers with fresh words for prayer:

    Heal our streets and land,

    Show your mighty hand;

    Win this nation back…

    Build Your kingdom here!

    ("Build Your Kingdom Here" by Rend Collective, ©2011, Thankyou Music) Read More

  • Mich. Baptists adopt new constitution, bylaws

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (2 years ago)

    BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (BP) -- Michigan Baptists adopted a new constitution and bylaws designed to allow the convention to function in harmony and unity, Executive Director Tim Patterson told Baptist Press.

    "How good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters dwell together in unity," Patterson said, paraphrasing Psalm 133:1. "It is a new day in Michigan." Read More

  • Mont. Baptists to sell site, stay in Billings

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    BOZEMAN, Mont. (BP) -- Montana Baptists are downsizing from their Billings headquarters for a building to better accommodate their smaller, less centralized staff, messengers voted at their 2015 annual meeting.

    Fred Hewett, Montana Southern Baptist Convention (MTSBC) executive director, said the current site is too large, as the office staff has decreased from about 12 to three since 2008. Read More

  • Waltz's 23 years applauded by Penn./S. Jersey Baptists

    by Brodie Smith, posted Monday, November 23, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    HARRISBURG, Pa. (BP) -- When David Waltz began leading Pennsylvania/South Jersey Baptists in 1993, he committed to the position temporarily, only until a replacement could be found.

    "I did agree to be acting director until they could find someone who could really do the job," he said at the Baptist Resource Network (BRN) of Pennsylvania/South Jersey 2015 annual meeting. "During those months, I began to feel a very strong sense of God's call -- that he wanted me to take the position -- and I discovered I ... Read More

  • Penn./S. Jersey marks 45 years, staff retirements

    by Brodie Smith, posted Monday, November 23, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    HARRISBURG, Pa. (BP) -- Pennsylvania/South Jersey Baptists marked at their annual meeting 45 years of service and the retirement of several long-term employees, including Executive Director-Treasurer David Waltz.

    The 330 messengers and guests were the largest number of delegates at a Baptist Resource Network of Pennsylvania/South Jersey (BRN) annual meeting in eight years. Just over 100 of the BRN’s 321 churches were represented. Read More

  • Ala. Baptists continue move toward parity

    by Grace Thornton, Jennifer Davis Rash & Bob Terry/The Alabama Baptist, posted Friday, November 20, 2015 (2 years ago)

    Photo by Neisha Roberts
    DAPHNE, Ala. (BP) -- Messengers to the Alabama Baptist State Convention annual meeting approved a 2016 Cooperative Program budget that brought state and national ministry allocations closer to parity. They also adopted a new offering aimed at helping fund Baptist missions work in state and expanded the role of the State Board of Missions executive committee. Read More