New England Baptists Pray and Plan for Revitalization at Annual Meeting

The Baptist Convention of New England held its 2020 annual meeting virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Baptist Convention of New England held its 2020 annual meeting virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. (BP) – In the opening remarks of the Baptist Convention of New England’s 38th annual meeting, executive director Terry Dorsett shared the story of a church that has affiliated with the BCNE from another denomination this year and is experiencing a time of revitalization.

“The pastor told me recently that they have felt so encouraged in the last six months – in the middle of a pandemic, they have felt encouraged! – because of the help they have received from the Baptist Convention of New England,” Dorsett said.

The Nov. 5 online meeting, which was livestreamed on YouTube, included worship, testimonies and reports, as New England Baptists celebrated what God is doing in the region and focused on the theme of “Church Revitalization: Helping Churches Thrive.”

After the celebratory reports concluded, church representatives were invited to join a business meeting via Zoom.

Representatives approved a 2021 budget of just under $2.5 million, as well as the recommendation that Cooperative Program giving be frozen at the 2015 levels until the negative financial effects of the pandemic have passed.

The following officers were elected for the coming year: President Dong Rondina, pastor of Word of God Christian Fellowship in Framingham, Mass.; and Vice President Stephen Woodard, pastor of Nashua Baptist Church in Nashua, N.H.

Messengers passed “A Resolution on the Importance of Cooperative Missions.” Citing the denomination’s history of joint efforts to fulfill the Great Commission, the resolution states that this mission “is best accomplished when national SBC entities, churches, associations and state/regional conventions work cooperatively.”

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Source: Baptist Press