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  • Utah-Idaho Baptists report numeric & financial gains

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Wednesday, October 25, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo courtesy of the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention
    MERIDIAN, Idaho (BP) -- Key numeric increases -- including church plants and baptisms -- were celebrated by the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention during their Oct. 20 annual meeting.

    A total of 140 people -- 109 messengers and 31 guests -- gathered at Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, Idaho, for the two-state convention's 53rd annual meeting.

    Brian Catherman, pastor of Redeeming Life Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, ... Read More

  • Prayer, new partnerships highlight Montana conv.

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, October 13, 2017 (one year ago)

    BILLINGS, Mont. (BP) -- Six church plants and a new three-year partnership with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention were among highlights of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting.

    The convention, known in-state as Refresh Montana, held its Oct. 5-6 sessions at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Billings, where Paul Jones has been pastor for 28 years.

    "Ministry in Montana is challenging on many levels," Executive Director Barrett Duke told the 203 attendees, which included 89 messengers from 52 of the state convention's 135 churches. "But you have proven that through dedication, hard work and God's leadership, great things are possible." Read More

  • Puerto Rico churches doing best to help, NAMB catalyst says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, September 28, 2017 (one year ago)

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    PUERTO RICO (BP) -- More than a week after Puerto Rico suffered its greatest natural disaster, the condition of most of the Southern Baptist churches on the island is still unknown, a church planting catalyst on the island told Baptist Press.

    But the 12 churches Carlos Rodriguez has been able to contact are doing all they can to help survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria, he said in a telephone interview Sept. 27. Rodriguez had been unable to contact the remaining 75 or so Southern Baptist churches on the island because of damaged infrastructure and communication services, he said. Read More

  • SBC staffers serve on World Changers mission team

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017 (one year ago)

    Photo by Sharon Robinson
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A group of Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee staff members participated in 2017 World Changers youth mission initiatives that combined Gospel conversations with service projects at 712 sites nationwide.

    Four members of the Executive Committee (EC) staff participated in the Nashville outreach July 17–21, leading a team of youth from 12 churches in projects across the city. The volunteers were among 8,000 who served in 50 cities in June and July that led to nearly 5,000 Gospel presentations and 281 decisions for Christ, according to LifeWay Christian Resources, which has partnered with World Changers ministry since 2011. Read More

  • Calif. Baptists elect Bill Agee executive director

    by Terry Barone, posted Thursday, May 11, 2017 (one year ago)

    FRESNO, Calif. (BP) -- Bill Agee has been elected as executive director of the California Southern Baptist Convention Executive Board.

    The 64-year-old minister of church planting and revitalization at First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga., was elected to the position today (May 11) by the board. His election culminated a yearlong search replacing Fermín A. Whittaker, who retired Feb. 28 after serving 22 years. Agee will begin his new duties June 1. Read More

  • 'Call to Prayer' begins 2017 for Southern Baptists

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, December 09, 2016 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The month-long prayer focus "In All Things Pray" will kick off the new year across the Southern Baptist Convention.

    Acts 1:8 and 2 Chronicles 7:14 steer the focus of the prayer emphasis to individual families, communities, churches, the United States and the World, according to the webpage InAllThingsPray.net, established as a prayer resource and guide on the Southern Baptist Convention website. Read More

  • Arizona Baptists focus on CP, Centennial Vision

    by Elizabeth Young, posted Tuesday, December 06, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Photo by N. John Keller
    SURPRISE, Ariz. (BP) -- During their 88th annual meeting, Arizona Southern Baptists celebrated what God is doing in their state, heard how the Cooperative Program undergirds that work and adopted a 2017 budget sending more to Southern Baptist Convention causes.

    "For God So Loved ... Arizona" was the theme of the meeting held at Palm Vista Baptist Church in Surprise, Nov. 18. It was attended by 266 messengers and 25 registered guests from 119 of Arizona Southern Baptists' 468 churches. Read More

  • Wyoming Baptists 'Trusting the Lord'

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Friday, November 11, 2016 (2 years ago)

    RIVERTON, Wyo. (BP) -- The 33rd annual meeting of the Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention was a time of celebration and shared commitment to the continuation of God's work in Wyoming and around the world, Executive Director Lynn Nikkel told Baptist Press.

    With "Trusting the Lord" as its theme, based on Proverbs 3:5, the Nov. 3-4 event at United Baptist Church in Riverton brought together 114 registered messengers from 40 Wyoming churches, out of the state convention's 106 churches and church-type missions. More than 180 people attended the Thursday evening session. Read More

  • Mont. Southern Baptists 'Refresh' at annual meeting

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 08, 2016 (2 years ago)

    MTSBC photo
    MISSOULA, Mont. (BP) -- Montana Southern Baptist Convention (MTSBC) President Darren Hales described the group's 2016 annual meeting as having the "feel of a missions conference and the impact of a revival service."

    Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines spoke during the meeting and "stoked the fire for spiritual renewal through prayer," Hales said. And Don Pierson, pastor of Stewart's Chapel Baptist Church in Flintville, Tenn., led the group in focused prayer at the meeting's prayer summit. Read More

  • Calif. Baptists celebrate Whittaker's 22-year tenure

    by Terry Barone and Holly Smith, posted Friday, October 28, 2016 (2 years ago)

    WEST SACRAMENTO (BP) -- Messengers to the 2016 California Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting celebrated the 22-year tenure of the CSBC executive director, elected a new slate of officers and approved a 2017 budget during their 76th session that celebrated "Generations Reaching Generations."

    Held at Russian Baptist Church in West Sacramento Oct. 25-26, the gathering featured a number of CSBC and Southern Baptist Convention entities recognizing Fermín A. Whittaker for his service. This was his last annual meeting as the state convention's leader; in May he set his retirement effective Feb. 28. Read More