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Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptists increase budget, focus on outreach

GREEN BAY, Wis. (BP) -- Uniting around a theme and common purpose of "Reaching the Northland," Baptists from Minnesota and Wisconsin gathered for their 36th annual meeting Oct. 25-26 at Highland Crest Baptist Church in Green Bay, Wis. The annual meeting registered 94 messengers from 66 of the convention's 204 churches. Including 52 guests, total attendance was 146.

Minn.-Wis. Baptists continue CP climb

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.

Minn.-Wis. Churches elevate CP giving from 22 to 32%

GREENFIELD, Wis. (BP) -- Minnesota Wisconsin Baptists took a leap forward in their goal of forwarding 50 percent of Cooperative Program receipts to the Southern Baptist Convention, jumping from 22 percent this year to 32 percent next year. With a theme of "Come to Life," 98 messengers from 40 of the 188 churches in the Minnesota Wisconsin Baptist Convention gathered for the MWBC's 34th annual meeting Oct. 27 28 at the new facilities of Layton Avenue Baptist Church in Greenfield, Wis. It was in May 2010 that the MWBC Executive Board made the decision to increase the percentage of CP sent to SBC national and international missions and ministry by a half-percent a year until the 50 percent goal is reached.

Sunday suit reconnects pastor & home church

CRESWELL, Ore. (BP) -- Sam Morgan calls himself a "boots and blue jeans type of person," but last year he realized he needed a new suit.

Minn.-Wis. Baptists adopt GCR report

APPLETON, Wis. (BP) — Messengers to the annual meeting of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention showed commitment to the priorities established by the Southern Baptist Convention’s Great Commission Resurgence Task Force. “The emphasis of the annual meeting was a sharpened focus on convention strategies, a recommitment to church planting and the redoubling of our effort in […]

Minn.-Wis. Baptists face their giants

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BP)–Messengers to the annual meeting of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention challenged each other to be like modern-day Israelites taking the land promised by God despite the giants that make the task look impossible. “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it!” from Numbers 13:30 was […]

GCRTF Viewpoint (David Williams): The missing link of the task force report

ROCHESTER, Minn. (BP)–There is much to be commended in the final report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force. I like the mission statement: “to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every person in the world and to make disciples of all nations.” I agree with the core values: Christ-likeness, Truth, Unity, Relationships, Trust, […]

Minn.-Wis. exec is 4th president nominee

MILWAUKEE (BP)--Leo Endel, executive director of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention, will be nominated for president of the Southern Baptist Convention during the June 15-16 annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Minn.-Wis. Baptists face financial challenge

ROCHESTER, Minn. (BP)--Messengers to the annual meeting of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention looked back at their challenging beginnings and forward to a challenging future as they celebrated their 25th year as a two-state convention.

WRAP-UP: Minn.-Wis. spends time in prayer

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (BP)–Leo Endel, executive director of the Minnesota-Wisconsin Baptist Convention, set the tone for the 24th annual meeting of the MWBC early during the first session. “I don’t think I have ever been to a state convention meeting where we have prayed as much as we are going to pray in the next […]