‘One Voice’: AZSBC annual meeting

AZSBC Officers (from left): George Lyman, second vice president; Ashley Evans, president; Robert Waldron, first vice president.

During their 91st annual meeting, Arizona Southern Baptists heard about record missions giving in 2018, adopted a 2020 budget that will send more to Southern Baptist Convention causes for the sixth straight year and were called to a year of prayer in 2020.

“One Voice in Prayer … in Witness … in Mission” was the theme of the meeting held at Heart Cry Church in Queen Creek , Nov. 15. It was attended by 278 messengers and 89 registered guests from 118 of Arizona Southern Baptists’ 464 churches.

Budget and officers

Messengers adopted a $4,956,860.50 operating budget for 2020, a $25,504.50 or .5% increase over 2019. The operating budget includes $3,461,200 in anticipated Cooperative Program giving from churches, up $11,200 or .3% from 2019.
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Pastors Conference encourages churches to engage

Pastors from around Arizona gathered for the annual Pastors’ Conference prior to the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting at Heart Cry Church in Queen Creek, Nov. 15.

“We want pastors to hear from other pastors about what is working in their context,” said AZSBC Executive Director David Johnson. “We want pastors to be encouraged and challenged by other pastors. We think pastors are the best ones to speak to other pastors because they have walked in their shoes.” said AZSBC Executive Director David Johnson.

Now Current SBC President, Ashley Evans continues the Pastors Conference in 2019 with the purpose to encourage, equip, and inspire pastors from all over the Valley to engage their communities.
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Moore challenges pastors to ‘Engage’

Pastors and ministry leaders traveled from across the state for Arizona Southern Baptists’ Engage AZ 2019 evangelism conference. More 200 attendees filled the spacious Heart Cry Church auditorium in Queen Creek on Nov. 14.

Engage intended to explain, motivate and provide practical examples of evangelism through community engagement.

“We want our pastors and leaders to engage their fields of harvest in Arizona,” said Eddy Pearson, Arizona Southern Baptist Convention church life team facilitator.
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Belflower to retire as AZSBC facilitator

Ken Belflower, church planting facilitator with the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention, will retire Jan. 31.

Belflower, joined the convention staff in 1987 as the first director of the new work church building and support department and became church planting facilitator in 2001.

“Over these years, he’s worked on everything from buildings to Baptist Men to loans to church planting and in many other capacities across our state,” AZSBC Executive Director David Johnson said during a time of recognition at the AZSBC annual meeting in November. “He has also been a friend to me and a blessing to me in many ways, and we’re so thankful for his service.”
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After 32 years, Henry retires from AZSBC

Keith Henry, who served on the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention staff more than 32 years, retired Dec. 31, 2019.

Henry joined the convention staff as Baptist Student Ministries (now Christian Challenge) director at Arizona State University in 1987. He became the AZSBC ministry leadership facilitator in 2001.
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Staff changes in Valley Rim and Grand Canyon Associations

Two Arizona Southern Baptist associations experienced staff changes recently.

David Cox became the associational missionary in Grand Canyon Association in October 2019. He assists churches in the association with discovering resources to fulfill their mission and fosters mutual support through development and nurture of relationships between associational leaders and churches. Grand Canyon Association has 11 churches and three missions, two on Native American reservations and All Nations in Flagstaff.

In addition, Cox continues to serve as a bivocational pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Ash Fork.
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Durham to fill new role

Keith Durham, church revitalization specialist with the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention since May 2017, will fill a new AZSBC facilitator role as church health facilitator beginning Jan. 1, 2020.

In this new position, Durham will continue to focus on church revitalization, but he will also concentrate on leadership development and church ministries.

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