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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
CABOT, Ark. (BP) — Messengers to the 159th Arkansas Baptist State Convention annual meeting approved a 2013 Cooperative Program budget of $22 million and honored Emil Turner in retiring as ASBC executive director in February. “NOW” was theme of the meeting at First Baptist Church in Cabot, where the convention’s president, Greg Addison, serves as […]