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‘Jesus is worth it,’ Greear tells W.Va. Baptists

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, ...

W.Va. Baptists ‘all in,’ tackle opioid crisis

FAIRLEA, W.Va. (BP) -- During their annual meeting, West Virginia Baptists were urged to be "all in" through seeking to grow as a convention united in generosity in response to the Gospel. Messengers also pledged to battle the state's drug epidemic during the convention's 47th annual meeting. During the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists (WVCSB) annual meeting -- held Nov. 2-3 at First Baptist Church of Fairlea, W.Va. -- 173 messengers and 41 guests marked a continued increase in total attendance over previous WVCSB annual meetings.

W.Va. Baptists set goals for 2020

TRIDELPHIA, W.Va. (BP) -- Gathering around the theme "a new day," West Virginia Southern Baptists were introduced to three new convention strategists and presented with four-year goals for church planting and baptisms. Meeting Nov. 3-4 at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Wheeling Triadelphia at The Highlands in Triadelphia, W.Va., 155 messengers and 48 guests marked a 120 percent increase in total attendance over last year's West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists annual meeting.