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Personal revitalization focus of Colo. Baptists

VAIL, Colo. (BP) — Colorado Baptists focused on “The Revitalized Christian” at their 2016 annual meeting, a theme drawn from Isaiah 6:1-8 that continued a focus on church revitalization begun last year.

“Every Christian needs to be revitalized,” said Mike Routt, Colorado Baptist General Convention (CBGC) president. “If every Christian was revitalized, we would have church revitalization.”

Individual revitalization “begins with brokenness and repentance, continues with revival and extraordinary prayer and fasting,” he said, “and climaxes with spiritual awakening that brings a renewed passion to take the Gospel to the nations.”

The 61st annual meeting was held at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort in Vail, Colo. Trinity Church of Vail Valley, the pastorate of Ethan Moore, served as host church.

Messengers approved the 2017 budget, elected officers and heard updates on CBGC work.

The 2017 budget of $3,422,134 is slightly less than the 2016 allocation of 3,434,183, and anticipates Cooperative Program receipts of $1,990,034 from Colorado churches. Messengers voted to send 32.5 percent of CP receipts, $646,000, to the Southern Baptist Convention for national and international causes, a 2.5 percent increase over the 2016 allocation. The state is continuing its effort to split CP receipts equally between the state and the SBC.

Routt, pastor of Circle Drive Baptist Church in Colorado Springs, was re-elected president. Completing the slate of officers are first vice president Matt Crow, youth leader of First Baptist Church in Black Forest; second vice president Jeff Rogers, associate pastor of Applewood Baptist Church in Wheat Ridge; and recording secretary Ginger LeBlanc, a CBGC ministry assistant.

Mark Edlund, retiring in July 2017 as CBGC executive director, announced staffing changes. Ron Clement was called in January 2016 to serve as executive director of the Salt Lake Baptist Association in Draper, Utah, after 35 years of ministry and denominational service in Colorado. CBGC state director of missions Jim Misloski has accepted a position as leadership development catalyst with the Missouri Baptist Convention in Jefferson City, Mo.

Guest speakers were immediate past SBC President Ronnie Floyd, senior pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, and K. Marshall Williams, pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church in Philadelphia.

The 155 messengers who attended the Oct. 10-11 meeting were drawn from 67 of the CBGC’s approximately 368 churches and missions. More than 100 guests attended the event.

The 2017 meeting is set for Oct. 9-10 at the Mississippi Avenue Baptist Church in Aurora.

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