2011 State Annual Meeting Roundup

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States move toward Great Commission thrust

[QUOTE@right@180='I think 27 of the 42 state conventions have either approved or are in the process of considering moving toward a 50/50 split in their CP giving.'
-- Bryant Wright]NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- The Great Commission Resurgence that arose within the Southern Baptist Convention last year is being embraced by many state Baptist conventions as they restructure for greater efficiency and provide increased funding of missions and church planting efforts in North America and around the world.

State conventions expand their Kingdom work

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- State Baptist conventions, in their annual meetings this fall, include initiatives to carry the Gospel to the world's unengaged unreached people groups and to plant more churches across America.

Nev. Baptists raise CP, reduce exec board

LAS VEGAS (BP) — Nevada Baptists increased their financial commitment to cooperative missions and approved a reduction in their executive board during their 33rd annual meeting at First Baptist Church in Las Vegas. Messengers heard reports from the Executive Board concerning compliance with the Restructure Task Force Report adopted at the 2010 annual meeting, according […]

New England Baptists see record baptisms

MARLBORO, Mass. (BP) — Messengers to the 29th annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of New England celebrated the best membership-to-baptism ratio in the Southern Baptist Convention for 2010 when they gathered in Marlboro, Mass. Frank Page, president of the SBC’s Executive Committee, told messengers some state conventions only see one baptism per 40 church […]

Va. Baptists (SBCV) mark 15th anniversary

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) — Messengers to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia marked the convention’s 15th anniversary at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond with the theme “Transforming Churches.” Mark Becton, the convention’s president and pastor of Grove Avenue, delivered the convention message titled “Transformed by the Adventure with God,” from […]

Hawaii Pacific Baptists pass BF&M language

HONOLULU (BP) — Messengers to the 69th annual meeting of the Hawaii Pacific Baptist Convention approved the affiliation of a church in Japan and amended their constitution regarding the Baptist Faith and Message. A total of 162 registered messengers from 37 churches along with 43 guests celebrated the theme “HPBC in 3D: Disciples Discipling Disciples,” […]

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 […]

Md./Del. Baptists defend traditional marriage

OCEAN CITY, Md. (BP) — Messengers to the 176th annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware approved a budget increasing Cooperative Program giving and passed a resolution in support of biblically-defined traditional marriage. A total of 368 messengers and 93 visitors met with the theme of “Connect for Life Change: Making Disciples” at the […]

Okla. Baptists increase CP giving

MOORE, Okla. (BP) — A total of 764 messengers to the 105th annual meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma focused on the theme “Together” at First Baptist Church in Moore Nov. 14-15. Doug Melton, convention president and pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, called on Oklahoma Baptists to rediscover the […]

S.C. Baptists to send more to int’l missions

COLUMBIA, S.C. (BP) — With the approval of a state Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report, messengers to the 191st annual meeting of the South Carolina Baptist Convention charted a course to provide more financial support for international missions as well as for church planting and revitalization. Brad Atkins, pastor of First Baptist Church in […]