New Mexico Baptists Partner With Union University and Dave Ramsey

New Mexico Baptists approved a 2019 budget, elected new convention officers, emphasized the importance of Cooperative Program giving and introduced new convention partnerships during the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s 2018 annual meeting.

They also announced partnerships with Union University and personal finance expert Dave Ramsey.

Two hundred sixty-nine messengers and 89 guests from 93 of the BCNM’s 338 cooperating churches attended the Oct. 22-24 meeting hosted by Mesilla Park Community Church in Las Cruces, N.M. The 2018 theme was “God’s Unshakeable Kingdom” derived from Hebrews 12:25-29, in which the author states God’s promise that, through Jesus, people can enter into “a kingdom that cannot be shaken.”

Pre-convention meetings

Several events preceded the annual meeting’s opening session. On Monday evening, Oct. 22, the BCNM hosted a registration reception and exhibit hall for messengers and guests while International Mission Board alumni were invited to a special networking dinner. Tuesday’s events included a Pastors’ and Laymen’s Conference, a WMU missions celebration, the annual meeting and a church planting luncheon.

The Pastors’ and Laymen’s Conference provided an opportunity for pastors and lay church leaders to gather together for worship, teaching, fellowship and conference business. Jared C. Wilson, director for content strategy and managing editor of the For The Church website at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, served as the conference’s keynote speaker. During two teaching sessions, Wilson said the Gospel message is central in pastoral preaching and for biblical humility in the pastoral office.

The WMU meeting serves as New Mexico WMU’s annual business meeting, as well as a time of celebration and fellowship. National WMU president Linda Cooper spoke during the meeting, encouraging attendees to “know God more” and “make disciples who make disciples.”

Business sessions

During Tuesday afternoon’s opening session of the BCNM annual meeting, messengers adopted the convention program and heard reports from the State Mission Board, the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries and the New Mexico Baptist Foundation.

Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, Tenn., and former Southern Baptist Convention president, preached during the afternoon session.

The Tuesday evening session opened with worship from the New Mexico Singing Churchmen and a second message from Gaines. Following Gaines’ sermon, Joseph Bunce, BCNM executive director and lead missionary, introduced new pastoral staff from across the state. In total, New Mexico Baptists welcomed eight new ministers to their convention, including five lead pastors.

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Source: Baptist Press