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 to a report in the Nevada Baptist, the newsjournal of Nevada’s Southern Baptist churches.
In response to that report, messengers adopted a Cooperative Program budget of $860,000, raising the percentage of receipts sent to worldwide mission causes to 30.5 percent. They also approved a proposal to divide receipts above the annual Cooperative Program goal on a 50/50 basis.
Messengers also approved a revision of their constitution and bylaws that reduced the size of the Executive Board from 21 to 11 and eliminated the board’s Executive Committee.
Another recommendation from the 2010 restructuring plan — merging the state’s four associations and state convention into one organizational and administrative structure — also was formalized as directors of missions for the associations publicly signed a cooperative agreement with the state convention.
The messengers voted, however, to decline changing the convention’s name from Nevada Baptist Convention to “Nevada Baptist Network,” as proposed by the restructuring report.
The 115 messengers from 54 churches elected Ron Trummell, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church of Pahrump, to a second term as president. Sam Crouch, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Elko, was elected vice president.
Crouch delivered the 2011 annual sermon during the Oct. 18-19 meeting and Mark Morton, pastor of Granite Hills Baptist Church in Reno, closed the annual meeting with a call to unity. Richard Land, president of the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, brought the convention’s opening message.
Terry Arnold, the convention’s interim executive director, also announced staffing changes at the convention office in Reno, including state director of missions Eddie Hancock who has accepted a role as “coalition coordinator” for the North American Mission Board’s SEND Las Vegas initiative.
“We have a lot of changes happening, but God is in control,” Arnold told The Nevada Baptist. “We are excited for a new year of ministry at the Nevada Baptist Convention and to be serving our Nevada churches.”
Compiled by BP staff from information provided by the Nevada Baptist Convention.