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  • Chitwood gives farewell address to Ky. Baptists

    by Todd Deaton, posted Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (yesterday)

    Photo by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Today
    PIKEVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Messengers to the Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Baptist Convention approved dissociating with congregations that are also part of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, broke ties with a university and adopted a $22 million Cooperative Program budget goal.

    Paul Chitwood, who is expected to be elected president of the International Mission Board on Thursday (Nov. 15), also shared what may have been his last address to Kentucky Baptists as executive director.

    With the theme "Bring Good News," the KBC annual meeting convened on Nov. 13 at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, marking the first time Kentucky Baptists have met in the Appalachian city of Pikeville. Read More

  • Mo. Baptist resolution: Denounce Dred Scott decision

    by Ben Hawkins, posted Wednesday, November 14, 2018 (yesterday)

    Photo by Brian Koonce.
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (BP) -- Missouri Baptists elected a more ethnically diverse slate of convention officers and approved a resolution encouraging racial reconciliation during their 184th annual meeting at Crossway Baptist Church in Springfield.

    Although this year's meeting was shortened to only two days, Oct. 22-23, attendance rose slightly compared to the previous two years, totaling 1,042 messengers and 184 visitors from 451 churches.

    Jon Nelson, elected as MBC first vice president, is believed to be the convention's first black officer. Nelson is an MBC church planter and pastor of Soma Community Church near the campus of historically black Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Read More

  • N.M. Baptists partner with Union, Ramsey

    by Danny Porter/Baptist New Mexican, posted Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Kevin Parker/Baptist New Mexican
    LAS CRUCES, N.M. (BP) -- New Mexico Baptists approved a 2019 budget, elected new convention officers, emphasized the importance of Cooperative Program giving and introduced new convention partnerships during the Baptist Convention of New Mexico's 2018 annual meeting.

    They also announced partnerships with Union University and personal finance expert Dave Ramsey.

    Two hundred sixty-nine messengers and 89 guests from 93 of the BCNM's 338 cooperating churches attended the Oct. 22-24 meeting hosted by Mesilla Park Community Church in Las Cruces, N.M. The 2018 theme was "God's Unshakeable Kingdom" derived from Hebrews 12:25-29, in which the author states God's promise that, through Jesus, people can enter into "a kingdom that cannot be shaken." Read More

  • Ky. Baptists cut ties with dually aligned churches

    by Kentucky Today and Baptist Press, posted Tuesday, November 13, 2018 (2 days ago)

    Photo by Robin Cornetet/Kentucky Baptist Convention
    PIKEVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- The Kentucky Baptist Convention will cut ties with a small group of churches that remain dually aligned with a missions network that took steps earlier this year to allow the hiring of LGBT staff members.

    Messengers to the KBC annual meeting voted today (Nov. 13) to accept a recommendation from the Credentials Committee, the Administrative Committee and the Mission Board to terminate affiliation with congregations that choose to remain a part of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (CBF).

    The CBF was founded in 1991 as a fellowship of churches that objected to the ideology and methods of the Southern Baptist Convention's Conservative Resurgence. Read More

  • Pa./S. Jersey increases CP, eyes future

    by Shannon Baker/Baptist Resource Network, posted Monday, November 12, 2018 (3 days ago)

    Photo by Shannon Baker
    YORK, Pa. (BP) -- Messengers to the 2018 annual meeting of the Baptist Resource Network (BRN) of Pennsylvania/South Jersey heard challenges on "Kingdom Compassion" from Luke 4:18-19, increased their Cooperative Program giving to SBC causes and elected a new slate of officers, among other business.

    This year's meeting, attended by 148 messengers and 89 guests representing 105 of 330 active BRN churches, was held Nov. 1-2 at BRN's property in York, Pa.

    Executive director's report

    In his report to the network, BRN executive director Barry Whitworth recapped the BRN's ... Read More

  • 'Jesus is worth it,' Greear tells W.Va. Baptists

    by Cleve Persinger, posted Monday, November 12, 2018 (3 days ago)

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    PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (BP) -- Obeying Jesus' command to spread the Gospel is worth the changes His mission often entails in our lives, Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear told West Virginia Baptists at the group's 2018 annual meeting.

    "If you're really serious about following Jesus, obedience to him is going to take you 180 degrees opposite of the direction you want to go," Greear said, "and in that moment the only thing that will compel you forward is the belief that Jesus is worth it!"

    Greear, a West Virginia native and current pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., focused on four convictions of people who transform the world during the meeting, ... Read More

  • New England conv. sees church planting as the future

    by Kimber Huff, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (6 days ago)

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    HAVERHILL, Mass. (BP) -- "Church planting is the natural consequence of intimacy with God," Tanner Turley, a church planter based in greater Boston, noted during a testimony at the Baptist Convention of New England's 36th annual meeting.

    The Nov. 2-3 sessions were held at First Baptist Church in Haverhill, Mass., which was founded before the Revolutionary War. Two hundred twenty-one messengers and 103 guests were in attendance for fellowship, worship, extended prayer, business and celebrating what God doing is by "Embracing the Future Through Church Planting." Read More

  • N.C. Baptists challenged to love, reach neighbors

    by BSCNC and Biblical Recorder Staff, posted Friday, November 09, 2018 (6 days ago)

    BSC photo by K Brown
    GREENSBORO, N.C. (BP) -- North Carolina Baptists approved a 2019 budget, elected a new slate of officers and adopted a resolution honoring the late Billy Graham during the 2018 Baptist State Convention of North Carolina's (BSCNC) annual meeting, which emphasized loving one's neighbors and reaching them for Christ.

    A total of 1,425 messengers attended the meeting, which was held Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 5-6) at the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro, N.C. The event's theme was "Who Is My Neighbor?" based on the question asked of Jesus in Luke 10:29 in the parable of the Good Samaritan. Read More

  • Wyoming Baptists meet their new state missionary

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, November 07, 2018 (8 days ago)

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    MILLS, Wyo. (BP) -- Two standing ovations marked a leadership transition during the Wyoming Southern Baptist Mission Network's 35th annual meeting.

    Lynn Nikkel retired after 13 years as state missionary plus five previous years as the state convention's religious education director. He first moved to Wyoming from Oklahoma in 1994 to pastor Memorial Baptist Church in Wheatland, serving there six years.

    Quin Williams, pastor since 1996 of Boyd Avenue Baptist Church in Casper, was approved Sept. 14 by the convention's Executive Board as the new state missionary, effective Nov. 1. Williams came to Wyoming after pastoring in Texas for 17 years. Read More

  • Ark. Baptists unanimous in opposing more casinos

    by Arkansas Baptist News Staff, posted Tuesday, November 06, 2018 (9 days ago)

    Photo by Caleb Yarbrough/Arkansas Baptist News
    JONESBORO, Ark. (BP) -- Just two weeks before Nov. 6 balloting, Arkansas Baptists expressed their opposition to Issue 4, a proposed constitutional amendment to allow casino gambling to expand to four additional Arkansas counties.

    Arkansas Baptists unanimously approved a resolution encouraging all voters to vote against Issue 4, which would expand casino gambling beyond Hot Springs and West Memphis.

    Messengers at the 165th annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) further committed to restore and rehabilitate individuals involved in "problem gambling" and also provide a "safety net" for gamblers' families and communities if Issue 4 is approved. Read More