By Tommy Green, Executive Director-Treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention
Is there a future for our Baptist state conventions? I firmly believe so—provided we focus on our connection with the local church. Jesus didn’t promise to build state conventions. He promised to build his Church. Therefore, the value of a state convention will not be determined by the size of its staff, its building, its budget, or its programming. Value will be determined by one metric alone—investment in the local church. When we bring value to the church, we bring glory to God.
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By Milton A. Hollifield, Jr., Executive Director-Treasurer of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina
In today’s church culture, it is not unusual to hear someone ask about the value of state conventions. For many, they may seem like an unnecessary bureaucracy. But I am convinced that state conventions have great importance—if they are embracing the opportunities for advancing God’s Kingdom by assisting, equipping, and challenging their member churches to fulfill the Great Commission.
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By Kevin L. Smith, President of the Kentucky Baptist Convention
As a pastor, I stand with the 3,500 Baptists in my local church. However, as president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, I stand with 750,000 Baptists in my state convention. We all stand together, united in the mission of Christ. The task before us is great. The spiritual darkness we are encountering in our culture is real. No individual congregation—regardless of size, location, or leadership capacity—can accomplish this task alone. State conventions exist to enhance and expand a congregation’s ability to participate in this disciple-making task. We stand shoulder to shoulder with one desire: to see the Great Commission pursued to the ends of the earth!
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