During the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s (BCNM) 2019 Annual Meeting, New Mexico Baptists celebrated the 100th anniversary of the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries (NMBCH), approved a 2020 budget, adopted four resolutions, reelected current convention officers, and heard Executive Director Joseph Bunce’s plans to retire in 2021.
Messengers and guests also heard from Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee president and CEO Ronnie Floyd and International Mission Board president Paul Chitwood.
In attendance were 242 messengers and 79 guests from 93 of the BCNM’s 338 cooperating churches attended the Oct. 22-23 meeting hosted by Central Baptist Church, Clovis, and the NMBCH in Portales. The 2019 theme was “Trust in the Lord,” derived from Proverbs 3:5-6.
During Tuesday afternoon’s opening session of the BCNM annual meeting, BCNM president Jared Bridge, pastor of Anchor Church in Albuquerque, delivered the president’s address. Following Bridge’s address, messengers adopted the convention program and heard a report from the New Mexico Baptist Foundation. The session concluded with a message from Chitwood.
The Tuesday evening session featured another message from Chitwood and a musical program featuring a regional choir from the Clovis-Portales area. Lamar Morin, the BCNM’s Missions Mobilization Team leader, directed the ensemble. Morin also serves as director of the New Mexico Singing Churchmen.
The session concluded with an executive director’s report. Before his report, Bunce recognized BCNM ministry assistant Cheryl Vaughn for 25 years of service to the convention. Bunce’s address shared the story of the first BCNM annual meeting he attended in 1977, also in Clovis. He noted the importance of that meeting on his life and ministry, telling messengers and guests, “What I learned at that first state convention shaped who I am today.”
Turning to Acts 28:16 and Acts 28:29-30, Bunce spoke of how the apostle Paul concluded his ministry and the impact he left on those he encountered along the way. “It is impossible to do a critical mission without godly conviction and benediction,” Bunce said.
Bunce concluded his report by announcing his intention to retire from his position on Feb. 1, 2021. According to Bunce, the State Mission Board will begin to implement a succession plan at its next quarterly meeting in January 2020. “It will be a process with the intent for me to retire in 2021. That is my goal. It is not because I don’t love you — it is because I love you,” he said. Bunce stated that he would “not appoint or pick” his successor. “That’s not my role,” he said.
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Source: Baptist Press