Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware Set Sights ‘For Christ’s Glory’

BCM/D Executive Director Kevin Smith (right) congratulates Associate Executive Director Tom Stolle on his 15 years of ministry with Baptists in Maryland and Delaware.
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In its 184th annual meeting, the Baptist Convention of Maryland/Delaware convened in Ocean City, Md., at the oceanfront Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel.

“Maryland/Delaware & the Nations for Christ’s Glory” was the theme for the Nov. 10-11 sessions, which also aimed to provide encouragement to BCM/D pastors, especially those in declining or plateauing churches.

“Let us come together and say, ‘Jesus is Lord, and He is worthy to be praised,'” Kevin Smith, the convention’s executive director, said in welcoming 392 messengers and 94 guests.

Business

During short business sessions, messengers unanimously reelected officers and adopted the 2020 budget.

Harold Phillips, senior pastor of Pleasant View Baptist Church in Port Deposit, Md., was reelected as BCM/D president along with first vice president Glenn Swanson, senior pastor of Bayside Baptist Church in Chesapeake Beach, Md.; second vice president Andy Ehlers, senior pastor of High Tide Baptist Church in Dagsboro, Del.; recording secretary Stephanie Laferriere, a member of The Garden Church in Baltimore; and assistant recording secretary Mike Fillis, pastor of Fenwick Island Baptist Church in Selbyville, Del.

Frank Duncan, president of the BCM/D General Mission Board, referred to the convention’s Skycroft Conference Center in Middletown, Md., as a blessing, noting 51 professions of faith there so far in 2019.

Duncan, lead pastor of Paramount Baptist Church in Hagerstown, Md., also emphasized the convention’s support for church strengthening and planting.

Messengers adopted a 2020 budget of $7,659,249 that includes an anticipated $3,650,000 in Cooperative Program gifts from BCM/D churches; $2,285,950 in total Skycroft receipts; $150,000 in state missions offering gifts; and $980,000 from NAMB.

The 2020 budget represents a 1 percent increase over 2019 and allocates 48 percent of CP receipts to Southern Baptist Convention national and international missions and ministries, unchanged from last year.

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Source: Baptist Press