2009 State Annual Meeting Roundup

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W.Va. Baptists increase budget

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (BP)–The West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists convened at Westmoreland Baptist Church in Huntington to hear reports from state convention and Southern Baptist Convention leaders. The theme was “Turning Our Hearts Back to God,” and 159 messengers conducted business on behalf of the state’s 212 churches and missions. At the Nov. 6-7 meeting, […]

Utah-Idaho Baptists increase CP 3.5%

MERIDIAN, Idaho (BP)–Messengers to the 45th annual meeting of the Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist Convention voted to increase the percentage of Cooperative Program receipts they forward for national and international causes by 3.5 percent, up from 21.5 percent to 25 percent. They approved an overall budget of $2.25 million for 2010, down half a percent from […]

N.Y. convention marks 40th year

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. (BP)–The 40th annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of New York was held in conjunction with the Davis College Leadership Forum and homecoming on the campus of the Baptist-affiliated school in Johnson City, N.Y. The sessions kicked off with worship led by the Davis College praise band, and each session began and […]

Baptist state conventions remain pro-family, evangelistic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Pro-family issues remain the most often cited concern in resolutions adopted at the 41 state Baptist convention meetings. Prayer for the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force and concern for military forces followed as the next most often mentioned in resolutions voiced by messengers to the annual gatherings. Messengers in Kentucky, South Carolina and […]

23 Baptist state conventions cut budgets; 12 raise Cooperative Program gifts

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–Over half of the state Baptist conventions have decreased their budgets for the coming year, according to reports from their annual meetings. And yet, six of the 23 conventions making cuts are staying on course to increase the portion of Cooperative Program gifts forwarded for ministry beyond their states. The Utah-Idaho Southern Baptist […]

Ohio Baptists plant 29 churches

MANSFIELD, Ohio (BP)–With the theme “That All May Hear,” messengers to the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio convened for the 56th annual meeting at the Mid-Ohio Conference Center in Mansfield Nov. 4-5. Messengers rallied around Mission Ohio, the cooperative effort of Southern Baptists in the state to see at least 1 million new believers […]

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 […]

Hawaii Baptists elect layman
president, honor outgoing SBC leaders

HONOLULU, Hawaii (BP)–Hawaii Pacific Baptists convened for their 67th annual meeting with the theme “Yet … There is Hope,” based on Psalm 71:14-16, at Olivet Baptist Church in Honolulu Nov.5-6. In an uncontested ballot, messengers to the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention elected Walter Agena, a former civil service worker and a member of OlaNui! in […]

Md./Del. Baptists focus on connecting

TOWSON, Md. (BP)–The 174th annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware convened with 343 messengers and 70 guests at the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Towson, Md., Nov. 9-10. With a theme of “Connect … A conference celebrating the Great Commission,” speakers focused on connecting to God, to one another, to the community and […]

Mich. Baptists’ exec to retire

BURTON, Michigan (BP)–Messengers to the 52nd annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan received news that their executive director, Michael Collins, will retire at the end of 2010 after 16 years of service to the convention. Meeting at Eastgate Baptist Church in Burton, the 248 messengers and 109 guests represented 107 of the […]