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2012: State Annual Meeting Roundup

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WRAP-UP: State conventions underscore church planting, ethnic diversity, moral issues

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Church planting and increased ethnic diversity were celebrated in many of the state Baptist conventions' annual meetings this fall. In California three congregations involved in reaching a different ethnic group were featured, including Chinese Baptists ministering on an Indian reservation, one Anglo church engaged in reaching Hispanics and another hosting six different congregations -- Afghani, African American, Arabic, Armenian, Hispanic and Korean.

WRAP-UP: More states raise budgets & CP

NASHVILLE (BP) -- More than half of the state Baptist conventions that participate in Southern Baptists' Cooperative Program approved increases for their 2013 budgets, reversing a five-year trend that peaked last year.

Northwest Baptists reduce executive board

PORTLAND, Ore. (BP) — Northwest Baptist Convention messengers reduced the size of the executive board and approved a $5 million budget that increases funding for new churches. With the theme “Making, Marking & Maturing Disciples,” the convention’s 65th annual gathering drew 313 messengers and more than 40 visitors Nov. 13-14 at the Embassy Suites Airport […]

New England Baptists partner with new college

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. (BP ) — New England Baptists learned the latest news of their disaster relief outreach to survivors of superstorm Sandy and approved a partnership with a new Baptist college during their 30th annual meeting, Nov. 9-10 in Marlborough, Mass. John Scoggins, one of the convention’s DR volunteer leaders, told the 118 messengers in […]

Ohio Baptists celebrate church planting

SANDUSKY, Ohio (BP) — Ohio Baptists celebrated 44 church starts and heard an address by Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter during their 59th annual meeting in Sandusky. The new church plants include seven language groups and two primarily African American congregations, joining the 241 new churches that Ohio Baptists have planted the past 15 […]

Iowa Baptists increase church plants

DES MOINES, Iowa (BP) — Iowa Baptists planted more than twice as many churches in the state this year than last, messengers to the group’s 2012 annual meeting learned. Church planters and others from across Iowa shared stories of their successes and evidence of God’s power in their ministries. “We are developing a culture in […]

Okla. Baptists renew focus on Sunday School

MOORE, Okla. (BP) — The Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma set forth a “ReConnect Sunday School” initiative at its 106th annual meeting Nov. 12-13 at First Baptist Church in Moore. The meeting, with its “Connect” theme, provided an opportunity for Oklahoma Baptists to conduct business, elect officers, gather as a community of faith and share […]

BGCT budget to remain at $38M

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (BP) — The Baptist General Convention of Texas approved a $38 million budget for next year during its 2012 annual meeting in Corpus Christi. The budget has remained the same since 2010. It includes $33.85 million in Cooperative Program receipts from BGCT member churches and $2.15 million in investment income. Messengers allocated […]

Md./Del. convention has multi-ethnic flair

SILVER SPRING, Md. (BP) — The 177th annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware included participation by several ethnic churches as well as the largest number of language church members ever present at the convention’s annual gatherings. With the theme “We Can’t Stop,” based on the account of Peter and John before the Sanhedrin […]

Ga. Baptists increase budget 3.7%, honor White

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. (BP) — Messengers to the Georgia Baptist Convention’s annual meeting increased their budget, honored their executive director, J. Robert White, for two decades of service and emerged with a renewed commitment to reach their state and world for Christ. “My commission … the Great Commission” was the theme for the 191st annual […]