2007 State Annual Meeting Roundup

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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 […]

WRAP-UP: Mich. Baptists mark anniversary

MIDLAND, Mich., (BP)–Michigan Baptists celebrated their 50th anniversary and passed constitutional amendments regarding churches endorsing homosexuality and the number of messengers churches may send to annual meetings. With the theme “Fifty Years of Faith: Foundations For Our Future,” each of the three-day meeting’s sessions was highlighted with pictures and verbal reflections of the significance of […]

WRAP-UP: Wyo. Baptists stress evangelism

CASPER, Wyo. (BP)–Evangelism, undergirded by prayer, was the key emphasis during the 24th annual meeting of the Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention. The Nov. 8-10 sessions, attended by 99 messengers and 43 guests, included three times of extended prayer for revival and spiritual awakening within the state convention. The convention theme was “Great things He has […]

WRAP-UP: BGAV revises education funding

RICHMOND, Va. (BP)–Virginia Baptists increased their support for a variety of state, national and international ministries — and for the second year in a row persuaded their budget committee to modify its proposal because of concerns about funding for educational institutions. Messengers at the Nov 13-14 annual meeting of the Baptist General Association of Virginia […]

WRAP-UP: Md./Del. increases CP budget

OCEAN CITY, Md. (BP)–Messengers to the 172nd annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware increased the convention’s budget, heard reports from growing churches and passed resolutions opposing embryonic stem cell research and gambling. With the theme “Engage Tomorrow,” 354 registered messengers and 75 guests from 142 churches gathered at the Ocean City Clarion Resort […]

WRAP-UP: Ohio Baptists celebrate 700 churches

CLEVELAND (BP)–Messengers attending the 54th annual meeting of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio celebrated the 700 mark in number of congregations and considered a proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit churches that condone homosexual behavior or have female senior pastors. “Celebrate Mission Ohio and Cleveland Hope” was the theme of the meeting, focusing on […]

WRAP-UP: Arizona increases CP giving, moves toward a campus for GGBTS

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (BP)–Arizona Southern Baptists raised their giving to worldwide missions and took another step toward providing a classroom building for the Arizona Campus of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. “A New Day” was the theme of the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention’s 79th annual session, attended by 288 messengers and 44 registered visitors at Little […]

WRAP-UP: States address child abuse, hate crimes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Southern Baptists in six annual state convention meetings addressed issues related to protecting children from victimization.       Four conventions passed resolutions expressing concern that recent hate crimes legislation will threaten religious freedom.       Messengers to state convention meetings in Alabama, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana and Ohio offered a variety of ideas for preventing child victimization. In most cases churches were encouraged to perform background checks on employees and volunteers who work with children, and LifeWay Christian Resources materials to prevent the possibility of child abuse were cited. The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, meanwhile, recommended the Texas-based Child Guard Systems during a session of their annual meeting and Alabama Baptists were encouraged to access their state convention's guidelines for churches to use when dealing with sexual misconduct.

WRAP-UP: States elect officers, pass budgets; 16 increase CP for national causes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Forty-one state conventions affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention met in annual meetings between August and November. Thirty-one state conventions increased their budgets, seven made cuts and three kept the amount the same; 16 state conventions increased the portion of Cooperative Program funds forwarded to worldwide Southern Baptist ministries.

WRAP-UP: Ill. Baptists mark anniversary

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., (BP)–The Illinois Baptist State Association celebrated the association’s centennial anniversary Nov. 6-8, increased its percentage of giving to the Cooperative Program and hosted its first International Mission Board appointment service. Inspirational sermons and music, a spirit of cooperation and special events characterized the meeting. The Tuesday night session, dedicated to the IBSA’s 1907 […]