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Arizona Baptists celebrate record missions giving

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (BP) -- During the 91st annual meeting of Arizona Southern Baptist Convention (AZSBC), messengers heard about record missions giving in 2018, adopted a 2020 budget that will send more to Southern Baptist Convention causes for the sixth straight year and were called to a year of prayer in 2020. "One Voice in Prayer ... in Witness ... in Mission" was the theme of the meeting held at Heart Cry Church in Queen Creek, Ariz., Nov. 15. It was attended by 278 messengers and 89 registered guests from 118 of Arizona Southern Baptists' 464 churches.

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

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.

Ariz. So. Baptists increase CP, report church planting

TUCSON, Ariz. (BP) -- During their 89th annual meeting, Arizona Southern Baptists were challenged to multiply disciples, leaders and churches for the sake of the lost in their cities. Looking beyond Arizona, messengers adopted a 2018 budget that will send more to Southern Baptist Convention causes. "Multiply" was the theme of the meeting held at First Southern Baptist Church of Tucson, Ariz., Nov. 17. It was attended by 243 messengers and 36 registered guests from 99 of Arizona Southern Baptists' 460 churches.

Arizona Baptists focus on CP, Centennial Vision

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.

Ariz. Baptists aim ‘to make disciples’

TUCSON, Ariz. (BP) -- Arizona Southern Baptists have adopted new mission and vision statements to guide their work for the next 15 years.

David Johnson named Ariz. executive director

CHANDLER, Ariz. (BP) -- David Johnson, director of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary's Arizona Campus, has been named executive director of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention (ASBC).

Ariz. Baptists seek church renewal

PHOENIX (BP) — Messengers to the 84th annual meeting of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention heard a call to church renewal and unanimously conducted business in a single hour-and-a-half session. During the meeting at North Phoenix Baptist Church in Phoenix, the 252 messengers elected three new officers by acclamation, adopted a 2013 Cooperative Program budget […]

Ariz. Baptists hear transition report

PHOENIX (BP) — After a call to seek God’s face and an invitation to attend a convention-wide sacred assembly in January, Arizona Southern Baptist Convention messengers concluded the 83rd annual meeting on their knees in prayer. Preceding the time of what state convention President James Harms called family business, the 244 messengers conducted convention business, […]

Ariz. Baptists up CP, highlight missions

AVONDALE, Ariz. (BP)--The 82nd annual session of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention began with a mission fair exploring "Opportunities for the Harvest" and concluded with a challenge from state missionary Steve Bass.

Ariz. Baptists emphasize evangelism

TUCSON, Ariz. (BP)–In the second year with a one-day revamped annual meeting schedule, Arizona Southern Baptist Convention messengers conducted business in less than an hour and focused on evangelism and missions during a mission fair and concluding rally. Meeting at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Tucson, Nov. 13, the 290 messengers, along with 44 registered visitors […]