2018 State Annual Meeting Reports

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  • ADF, state conventions partner on religious liberty

    by David Roach, posted Friday, December 07, 2018 (10 days ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Partnership with the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) was a recurring theme at Baptist state convention annual meetings this fall.

    Of the 41 state and regional conventions that maintain cooperative relationships with the Southern Baptist Convention, at least a dozen have forged partnerships with ADF through its Church Alliance program. Additional state conventions are considering such partnerships, which help churches and state ministries protect themselves from infringement of their religious liberty.

    ADF partnerships were discussed at state annual meetings from New Mexico to Pennsylvania/South Jersey. Read More

  • BGAV 'Living the Story' at 195th annual meeting

    by Baptist Press and BGAV Staff, posted Thursday, December 06, 2018 (12 days ago)

    BGAV photo
    GLEN ALLEN, Va. (BP) -- The Baptist General Association of Virginia continues the purpose of its 1823 founding to strengthen local churches and help them work cooperatively in ministry, Executive Director John Upton said at the BGAV's 195th annual meeting.

    Cooperatively, churches can accomplish more than an individual congregation, Upton said at the Nov. 12-14 event hosted by Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Glen Allen, Va. "Living the Story" was the theme, based on 1 Corinthians 15:58.

    New initiatives are underway to help churches meet the changing needs of congregants and communities, Upton said. Among them is a Fresh Expression outreach offering $500 micro-grants to 50 congregations willing to try a nontraditional approach to take church to people where they are. Read More

  • Ohio Baptists add a day for family Bible conference

    by Staff, posted Wednesday, December 05, 2018 (12 days ago)

    SANDUSKY, Ohio (BP) -- A first-ever Bible Conference on the Family sponsored by the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio preceded the convention's annual meeting in Sandusky.

    The Nov. 6 sessions led by Geoff & Sherry Surratt of Ministry Together aimed to minister to all families, especially those of pastors and church staff.

    On Nov. 7, SCBO president David Starry, lead pastor of First Light Church in the Dayton area, gaveled the convention's 65th annual meeting to order at the Kalahari Convention Center. Carl and Heather Cartee provided music for both meetings. Read More

  • NW Baptists debate CP, increase local ministry funds

    by Cameron Crabtree, posted Friday, November 30, 2018 (17 days ago)

    Photo by Sheila Allen
    GRAND MOUND, Wash. (BP) -- Messengers to the Northwest Baptist Convention annual meeting Nov. 13-14 reelected three officers, passed a nearly $5.2 million budget for 2019 ministries, welcomed 13 congregations into affiliation and marked a new mission partnership with Texas Baptists.

    Participants highlighted this year's meeting theme -- "This is Our Day" -- in sermons, testimonies and presentations throughout the gathering, which drew 336 messengers and more than 50 registered guests to the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Wash. Participants represented 152 congregations in cooperation with the NWBC. Read More

  • Ariz. So. Baptists climb toward 50/50 CP split

    by Elizabeth Young, posted Friday, November 30, 2018 (17 days ago)

    Photo by N. John Keller
    PHOENIX (BP) -- During their 90th annual meeting, Arizona Southern Baptists affirmed an updated vision statement leading up to the convention's centennial in 2028 and adopted a 2019 budget that will send more to Southern Baptist Convention causes. They also were challenged to love their ministry partners as they advance the Gospel together.

    "Fruitful" was the theme of the meeting held Nov. 16 at Foothills Baptist Church in Phoenix. It was attended by 291 messengers and 44 registered guests from 125 of Arizona Southern Baptists' approximately 470 churches.

    Budget & officers

    Messengers adopted a $4,921,356 operating budget for 2019, a $58,340 or 1.2 percent increase over 2018. The operating budget includes $3,476,000 in anticipated Cooperative Program giving from churches, up $136,000 or 4.1 percent from 2018. Read More

  • Hawaii Baptists get missions training, tweak budget

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (18 days ago)

    Photo by Clyde Kakiuchi
    HONOLULU (BP) -- Messengers to the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention received evangelism training from International Mission Board personnel and welcomed into their fellowship congregations in Okinawa, Japan, and the Philippines.

    Gathering around the theme "We Are Hawaii Pacific Missions," 191 messengers and 87 guests met Nov. 8-9 at Olivet Baptist Church in Honolulu. In addition to churches in Hawaii, the convention's 155 cooperating congregations include churches in Guam, Saipan, American and Western Samoa, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and now the Philippines.

    The 2019 budget of $2,375,000 marks a 9 percent decrease from the current year. The decrease is attributable largely to a shift in the way some expenses are classified, according to the HPBC. Anticipated receipts include $1,300,000 in Cooperative Program receipts from churches; $150,000 from the North American Mission Board and $65,000 from LifeWay Christian Resources. Read More

  • Miss. Baptists allocate CP gifts, elect officers

    by William Perkins, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (18 days ago)

    Photo by William H. Perkins Jr.
    JACKSON, Miss (BP) -- Mississippi Baptist Convention (MBC) messengers elected by acclamation Mark Vincent, senior pastor of Clarke-Venable Baptist Church in Decatur, to a second term as president during the MBC 2018 annual meeting.

    Messengers also approved without dissent a 2019 Mississippi Cooperative Program budget of $31,051,526, down 1.1 percent from the 2018 CP budget.

    Despite the slight decline, Mississippi Baptists will forward 37.9 percent of CP gifts, $11,799,579, to the Southern Baptist Convention for national and international causes, compared to 37.7 percent of receipts forwarded in 2018. Read More

  • Puerto Rico Baptists expanding Kingdom post-Maria

    by Staff, posted Thursday, November 29, 2018 (18 days ago)

    CIBSPR photo
    ARECIBO, Puerto Rico (BP) -- Southern Baptists of Puerto Rico gained nine new congregations at the group's 2018 annual meeting, held just over a year after Hurricane Maria cut church attendance by as much as a third in the U.S. territory.

    "To the expansion of the Kingdom of God" was the theme as the Convención de Iglesias Bautistas del Sur de Puerto Rico (CIBSPR), the Convention of Southern Baptist Churches in Puerto Rico, held its first annual meeting since 2016.

    Newly elected president David Colón, pastor of Iglesia Bautista Logos in Santa Isabel, called the Nov. 17 meeting historic because of the newly added churches and participation that allowed the election of a full slate of officers. Read More

  • Minn.-Wis. Baptists continue CP climb

    by David Williams, posted Wednesday, November 28, 2018 (19 days ago)

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    BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BP) –- Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptists are continuing their years-long mission to designate more Cooperative Program dollars for national and international Southern Baptist ministries.

    Messengers to the 2018 annual meeting agreed to give 35 percent of 2019 CP receipts to national and international ministries, a steady rise from the 17 percent that was forwarded in 2015.

    The contribution from the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention (MWBC) is anticipated to be $192,500, based on total CP receipts of $550,000, the MWBC said. Read More

  • Neighbors, nations not alone, SBC Va. proclaims

    by Ishmael LaBiosa, posted Tuesday, November 27, 2018 (20 days ago)

    SBC of Virginia photo
    HAMPTON, Va. (BP) -- Cooperation aimed at reaching neighbors and nations with the Gospel was the focus of the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia Annual Homecoming Nov. 11-13 in Hampton.

    Effective since an October vote of the SBCV executive board, the state convention retains its founding name of Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia, but in business matters refers to itself as the Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia and SBC of Virginia.

    "They are Not Alone" was the theme, capping a 2017 theme of "We are Not Alone." Read More