During their 90th annual meeting, Arizona Southern Baptists affirmed an updated vision statement leading up to the convention’s centennial in 2028 and were challenged to love their partners as they advance the gospel together. They also adopted a 2019 budget that will send more to Southern Baptist Convention causes and selected a new president in a contested election.
Church leaders from around the state gathered for the Pastors’ Conference prior to the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting at Foothills Baptist Church, Phoenix, on Nov 16.
Arizona pastors focused on the theme of Jesus’ call to fruitful ministry: fruitful evangelism, fruitful preaching and fruitful leadership. Inspirational worship was led by Nathan Haskins and the team from Cross Church, Surprise.
A team of 10 Arizona Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers served in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, Nov 11-21.
The team worked with multiple feeding units in the Panama City, Fla., area.
“First, we worked for three days with a feeding unit at Hiland Park Baptist Church, where we provided meals in partnership with the Red Cross,” said team member Mark Skelton, a member of First Southern Baptist Church Sahuaro Ranch, Glendale. “On the fourth day, we packed up, and then we worked at Immanuel Baptist Church, alongside a team from Alabama, to prepare meals for the Salvation Army’s efforts.”
When more than 5,300 women gathered at the Grand Canyon University Arena for a day of prayer and inspiration with Priscilla Shirer, they reaped the benefit of the prayers and efforts of a coordinating team led by an Arizona Southern Baptist pastor’s wife.
Misty Hogue, the wife of First Southern Baptist Church, Scottsdale, children and family pastor Josh Hogue, was first approached by LifeWay Christian Resources about coordinating the event team for the Priscilla Shirer Live event in July 2017. After prayerfully accepting the position, she was flown to Nashville to meet with volunteer coordinators for similar LifeWay women’s events in other states.
Impact, a Christian Challenge AZ missions weekend held Oct. 19-21 in Yuma County and Mexico, provided college students with an opportunity to serve and share the good news of the gospel.
Through Impact, college students are able to engage the gospel through missions as well as come together as a Challenge community.
Impact began 12 years ago and initially provided students the opportunity to serve in Phoenix and Tucson. However, as Christian Challenge expanded, so has its influence across the state of Arizona, and the opportunity to serve in Yuma was made available.