BUFFALO, Wyo. – Messengers to the Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention considered the biblical account of Gideon with the theme “Who Me? So What? Wow!” based on Judges 6-8 during their 29th annual meeting at Big Horn Baptist Church in Buffalo.
The Nov. 8-9 sessions drew 90 messengers and 22 guests from the convention’s 106 churches and missions with a total membership of nearly 11,000.
A report by the Future Study Group was delivered, presenting a future design, structure and decentralized staffing plan that creates more local support and ownership of strategy and ministry.
Messengers approved a 2013 budget of $1,431,715, a decrease of about $17,000 from the current year. The convention anticipates $545,000 in Cooperative Program (CP) giving from Wyoming churches, and Wyoming Baptists will continue to forward 32.75 percent of CP receipts to national and international missions and ministries. Wyoming Baptists designate 8.4 percent of their budget as shared expenses.
All convention officers were re-elected: president, Quin Williams, pastor of Boyd Avenue Baptist Church in Casper; first vice president, Mike Cooper, pastor of College Heights Baptist Church in Casper; second vice president, Clay Alexander, pastor of Big Horn Baptist Church in Buffalo; recording secretary, Hope Reynolds, a member of Heart of the Valley Baptist Church in Mountain View; and assistant recording secretary, Renee’ Hanson, a member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Mills.
Next year’s annual meeting of the Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention, marking the convention’s 30th anniversary, will be Nov. 7-8 at First Southern Baptist Church in Casper.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Based on reporting by the staff of the Wyoming Southern Baptist Convention.)