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ABSC Annual Meeting at Cross Church, Rogers

ROGERS – The 160th annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) is set for Oct. 29-30 at Cross Church Pinnacle Hills, 2448 Pinnacle Hills Parkway, Rogers.

“Together” is the theme of the annual meeting. As in past years, ABSC ministry teams will present interpretations of the 2013 theme during the meeting.

Business of the convention will be conducted, including votes on resolutions, receiving entity reports, election of convention officers and a vote on the 2014 ABSC Cooperative Program (CP) budget of $22 million.

Additionally, the ABSC Nominating Committee will bring recommendations of people to serve on ABSC boards, committees and agencies. Miscellaneous business sessions are scheduled for 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29 and 9:05 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30.

As reported Aug. 22 in the Arkansas Baptist News, the ABSC Executive Board unanimously approved a $22 million Cooperative Program (CP) budget proposal for 2014 at its Aug. 6 meeting. 

The budget reflects the second year of the ABSC’s 2013-17 budget formula approved by messengers at the 2011 annual meeting.  

The formula increases the percentage of funds (total receipts) forwarded to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), with budget surpluses being divided with the SBC. The percentage increase for SBC causes is two-tenths of 1 percent each year during the five-year budget formula period. Additionally, the formula directs the convention to conduct a statewide emphasis every five years, encouraging churches to increase their Cooperative Program percentage.

Greg Addison, pastor of First Baptist Church, Cabot, will preside over the meeting in his second year as convention president.

Wes George, senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Rogers, has announced he will nominate Archie Mason, senior pastor of Central Baptist Church, Jonesboro, as the next ABSC president. As of press time, no other candidates had been announced for convention president or for other offices.

George told the Arkansas Baptist News he is nominating Mason “because of his leadership gifts and his love for Arkansas Baptist churches.”  

“While Central has soared to her greatest heights in attendance and baptisms under Archie’s leadership, that’s not the primary reason for my nominating Archie. God has not only gifted Archie with vision and leadership gifts, but Archie has a great love for Arkansas churches,” said George. “He is a native Arkansan, saved and baptized in an Arkansas Baptist church. He has served faithfully as a deacon, intern, associate pastor and now pastors one of the leading churches in our convention.”

George added that Mason has “a heart and vision for local and global mission and ministry,” and he “represents what is good about Arkansas Baptists and will lead our state convention well.”

Speakers during the meeting will be Addison; Wes Hamilton, lead pastor of Hulen Street Baptist Church, Fort Worth, Texas; Brent Williams, founding pastor of True North Church in Anchorage, Alaska; J.D. “Sonny” Tucker, ABSC executive director; Kenny Luck, pastor of men at Saddleback Church and founder of Every Man Ministries, in Lake Forest, Calif., and Larry Page, executive director of the Arkansas Faith & Ethics Council.

Prior to the annual meeting, a number of meetings will take place. On Sunday, Oct. 27, a Hispanic worship service will be held. On Monday, Oct. 28, the 2013 Pastors’ Conference, Ministers’ Wives Network conference, Hispanic Celebration service, Credentials Committee meeting, International Parents Fellowship, Associational Missionaries Fellowship and Innovative Church Planters meeting will be held.

Additionally, a chaplains breakfast will be held at 7 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 29 in the church’s Club House prior to the first session of the annual meeting.

For a complete listing of related meetings and other annual meeting information, including lodging options, see Pages 9-11.

Pastors’ Conference Oct. 28

Sacred Investment is the theme of the 2013 Arkansas Pastors’ Conference set for 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 28 at Cross Church.

Danny Smith, pastor of CrossPoint Baptist Church, Greenbrier, is serving as president of the 2013 Pastors’ Conference. Other members of the leadership team are David Fox, pastor of First Baptist Church, Mayflower, vice president, and Chad Grigsby, directional pastor of teaching and shepherding at the Compass Church, Batesville, treasurer.

“This year’s event will feature dynamic speakers from churches and ministries all over the United States,” said Smith.

2013 Pastors’ Conference speakers are Nick Floyd, pastor of Cross Church, Fayetteville; Josh Reavis, assistant pastor of pastoral ministries at North Jacksonville Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fla.; Larry White, associational missionary for Faulkner Baptist Association, Conway; Kenny Luck, pastor of men at Saddleback Church and founder of Every Man Ministries, Lake Forest, Calif., and Mark Dever, pastor of Capital Hills Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

Smith said a new addition this year is an afternoon panel discussion featuring conference speakers.

“This panel discussion will allow you to hear the hearts of the men and how they are investing in the lives of others,” he said.

Smith said the Sacred Investment theme is based on 2 Timothy 2:1-2.

“As pastors, we spend so much time investing our lives into others for the sake of the gospel, and this day will be an encouragement to continue to ‘entrust to faithful men’ the glorious riches of Jesus Christ,” he explained, referencing 2 Timothy 2:2. 

“Our team of leaders have been, and will continue to be, praying for this day to be an encounter with God that strengthens and encourages the pastors of our state,” said Smith.

“We hope you will make plans now to attend, and together let’s continue the task of reaching more people for King Jesus!”

For extensive coverage of the annual meeting, related events and stories, visit www.arkansasbaptist.org/absc2013. Meeting alerts and updates will be posted during the meeting on the Arkansas Baptist News Twitter account at www.twitter.com/arkbaptnews and Facebook page at www.facebook.com/arkbaptnews.

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