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Financial achievements noted at Wyoming Baptist meeting

POWELL, Wyo. (BP)–Key financial achievements were among highlights of the Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention’s 15th annual meeting Nov. 11-12 at First Southern Baptist Church, Powell, Wyo.
The financial pluses included:
— For the first time in its history, the 14,000-plus-member convention is surpassing its budget. As of October, the convention was $10,500 over budget, reported John Thomason, Wyoming Baptists’ executive director.
— A budget item to expand to full-time the now-vacant position of women’s missions/ministries director from part-time status was approved.
— The convention will increase by 1 percent the percentage of its budget designated for Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries, to 30 percent of an anticipated $383,000 in Cooperative Program giving by the 100 churches and missions in the convention. Counting additional Southern Baptist sources of support, the Wyoming convention’s overall 1999 budget will be $1,100,000, up $56,000 from the current year.
In other business, the convention:
— began plans for the celebration of 50 years of Southern Baptist work in Wyoming in the year 2001. A task force will be named to develop goals, strategies and plans for the anniversary.
— approved a bylaw change to elect the resolutions committee a year in advance.
— re-elected by acclamation the convention’s officers: president, Jim Starr, a layman from Emmanuel Baptist Church, Rock Springs; first vice president, David Schroeder, pastor of North Cheyenne Baptist Church, Cheyenne; and second vice president, Mickey Wells, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church, Kaycee.
— recognized retiring director of associational missions Bill Hays and his wife, Nelda, for nine years of service.
Jerry Rankin, president of the SBC International Missions Board, delivered a missions challenge message to close the convention.
Next year’s annual meeting will be Nov. 10-11 at Boyd Avenue Baptist Church, Casper.