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States spotlight sanctity of life, religious libertyNASHVILLE (BP) –- The sanctity of human life and defense of religious liberty remained the most often addressed concerns among many state Baptist conventions during their annual meetings as messengers penned resolutions endorsed by fellow Southern Baptists.
Resolutions calling for an end to the funding of Planned Parenthood gained support in eight state Baptist conventions this year, with others declaring the sanctity of human life. ... Read More
WRAP-UP: 23 states increase CP for SBC missions & ministryNASHVILLE (BP) -- Twenty-three state conventions voted to increase the portion of Cooperative Program receipts being forwarded to Southern Baptist Convention missions and ministries in the coming year, continuing a trend inspired by passage of the Great Commission Task Force recommendations five years ago. This year, Florida Baptists made the largest shift, moving from 41 to 51 percent allocated to SBC causes. Read More
BGAV focuses on 'Church Today, Church Tomorrow'
RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- For the first time in more than 30 years, the Baptist General Association of Virginia met in a church location to hold its 192nd annual meeting. This year's attendance totaled 1,170, which consisted of 875 messengers and 295 guests from 360 churches, and together they gathered at Second Baptist Church, Richmond, the church where the 1,400-church organization first met in 1823.
The theme of the meeting was "Church Today, Church Tomorrow," and Monday night's opening event featured a panel discussion focusing on the future of the ... Read More
Iowa Baptists note church plants, CP givingDES MOINES, Iowa (BP) -- New church plants and an increase of more than 11 percent in Cooperative Program giving highlighted the 20th annual meeting of the Baptist Convention of Iowa in Des Moines.
About 11 new church plants have ether launched or are holding preview services, BCI Executive Director Tim Lubinus said, noting firm plans for additional church plants in the Des Moines area in 2016. Read More
Northwest convention welcomes 16 churchesPORTLAND, Ore. (BP) -- Sharing the Gospel message "from neighborhoods to nations" took center stage as Northwest Baptist Convention messengers convened Nov. 10-11 for their annual meeting in Portland, highlighting the motive for adopting a $5,267,000 budget for the convention's 2016 mission efforts. Read More
'Engage Ohio' initiatives garner convention's focus
PATASKALA, Ohio (BP) -- "Engage Ohio: All for Him" was the theme of the Nov. 3-4 annual meeting of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio at the Columbus-area Jersey Baptist Church in Pataskala.
SBCO President Mark Stinson, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Cambridge, called the 62nd annual meeting to order, with host pastor John Hayes, a former SBCO president, welcoming messengers and guests, who numbered 257 and 28, respectively, by the end of the meeting. Read More
Texas convention commends vision of property sale
FRISCO, Texas (BP) -- For the second consecutive year, Texas Baptists messengers have a diverse officer panel, with René Maciel, president of the Baptist University of the Americás, elected as president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
Also elected during the convention's 130th annual meeting were Bedilu Yirga, pastor of Ethiopian Evangelical Baptist Church of Dallas, as first vice president after previously serving as second vice president, and Danny Reeves, pastor of First ... Read More
SBCV promotes Great Commission, biblical livingHAMPTON, Va. (BP) -- The Great Commission was emphasized throughout the 2015 annual homecoming of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia (SBCV), where messengers also proclaimed biblical marriage, the sanctity of life, sexual purity and the dangers of pornography and sexual sin.
Great Commission stories from the mission field included sharing the Gospel in Guam, serving people in earthquake-ravaged Nepal, offering hope to fleeing refugees in Greece and Germany, sharing the Gospel with Muslims in Barcelona, Spain, earning the right to be heard in Montreal, baptizing the lost in Lithuania, boldly witnessing to lost motorcyclists in Daytona, and pushing through life's challenges by planting churches in the Washington metro area. Read More
Ark. Baptists elect first black officerHOT SPRINGS, Ark. (BP) -- Arkansas Baptists have elected as second vice president Steven Bell, pastor of Otter Creek Community Church in Little Rock, who is believed to be the first African American officer in the group's history.
The vote came at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention's (ABSC) 162nd annual meeting at Hot Springs Baptist Church in Hot Springs. Bell, a Pine Bluff native, planted the Otter Creek church in 2012 and previously served as a youth pastor for eight years in Little Rock. Read More
Ga. Baptists increase budget, boost CP giving
MARIETTA, Ga. (BP) -- A brand new Georgia Baptist Convention reinvented for a new era in ministry was unveiled to messengers at the 194th annual meeting of the state convention. Messengers, meeting at Roswell Street Baptist Church on Nov. 9-10, also approved a 2016 budget of $40,600,000, a modest $200,000 increase over the current year's budget and the first increase in six years. Read More