NWBC Adopts Budget, Re-elects Officer Slate

By Cameron Crabtree

November 24, 2020

Barry Campbell, NWBC president, uses a robe to illustrate the importance of putting on Christ in all aspects of life.

Messengers to the Northwest Baptist Convention’s annual meeting welcomed 10 churches into the three-state network, adopted a $4,680,000 budget for 2021, approved a $120,000 goal for next year’s Northwest Impact mission offering and elected new members to the NWBC Executive Board and Northwest Baptist Foundation.

 

An exception to the NWBC business and financial plan that allows the convention to acquire a one-time, short-term debt of up to $5 million to relocate the Northwest Baptist Center in Vancouver, WA, in a new facility also received approval.

 

Convened virtually Nov. 10, the 257 registered messengers also re-elected the current officers to additional one-years terms: Barry Campbell, Highland Baptist Church, Redmond, OR, president; Dan Panter, McKenzie Road Baptist Church, Olympia, WA, 1st vice president; Dean Kelly, Tucker Road Baptist Church, Hood River, OR, 2nd vice president.

 

The president chairs the NWBC executive board and serves along with fellow officers on the board’s executive committee.

 

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Focus on Evangelism Leads to Jesus Conversations

By John Wu

November 24, 2020

Residents gather for an evangelistic series at Baptist Church on Homedale in Klamath Falls, OR.

 

For a special evangelism initiative, Baptist Church on Homedale (BCH) in Klamath Falls, OR, ran a series of events for families each Wednesday in October, featuring outdoor seating, barbecue meals, live music and a children’s craft fair.

 

To prepare for the Family Event Series, the church that averages 210 people attending in-person Sunday services spent $4,500 on outdoor facilities upgrades, $3,000 on food and $1,500 on programming. The series culminated with a $3,000 Trunk or Treat, an events that typically attracts 1,500 guests to the church property each year.

 

Last summer, church leaders asked some newer Christians about their biggest barriers to starting a relationship with God. They told stories about people who had misrepresented God, being happy in their current lifestyles, not feeling worthy enough or viewing Christians as weak people. So, the church organized a conference using those testimonies and paired it with a sermon series on God’s love.

 

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Church Celebrates Blessing of New Building

By Sheila Allen

November 24, 2020

Pastor Kevin Sullivan (left) and Ron Shepard close the High Pointe celebration with a blessing.,

When he’s asked to offer counsel to church planters considering ministry in the Northwest, Pastor Kevin Sullivan draws from lessons God’s taught him in his own journey as a leader, some that came the hard way.

 

The senior pastor at High Pointe Church in Graham, WA, now has passed 20 years at the church that first began in Puyallup, WA, and recently relocated to its new campus in nearby Graham.

 

A skeptic of Christians and their beliefs in college, Sullivan closely watched fellow athletes who were believers and slowly realized his own “belief meter” was rising, eventually professing faith in Jesus in a Texas dorm room.

 

“It was a radical change in my life with no backsliding,” said Sullivan, who had wrestled with his direction in life after his father was killed when he was nine years old. “While attending Second Baptist Church in Houston, I became a CPA and worked at a firm for eight years before realizing my ‘itch wasn’t being scratched’ there.”

 

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Pandemic Sparks Revival, Awakening Among Collegiates

By Miriam Rainwater

November 24, 2020

Northwest Collegiate Ministries intern Caylea Vessels prepares to lead a Bible study with upperclassmen at Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham, OR.

Despite ministering in settings brimming with numerous questions, civil unrest and economic strain, Northwest Collegiate Ministries (NCM) leaders report their work at universities across the Northwest has also overflowed with revival and awakening.

 

In the midst of a global public health pandemic, seven new staff members moved to Oregon this fall and joined the work, strengthening existing staff teams and allowing for the planting of NCM at Oregon State University (OSU).

 

Becca Johnson and her husband Luke were among those who moved to Corvallis to lead the OSU NCM. Despite quarantining measures on campus, the OSU team has met students via Zoom for gospel appointments.

 

“I got the opportunity to share the gospel with a student I met through an online outreach,” said Becca. “After our first meeting she concluded she was not a Christian but was very interested in knowing more.”

 

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Oregon and Washington Both Pass Controversial Measures

By Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

November 24, 2020

As Americans focused most their attention on electing a President in the Nov. 3 national election, voters in Oregon and Washington strongly approved state measures opposed by organizations that deal work on conservative moral concerns.

 

Oregon will become the first state in the nation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of drugs including Oxycodone, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine beginning in February 2021.

 

Voters approved the measure on Election Day by a margin of 58.6-41.4 percent and concurrently approved by 66.7-33.3 percent a new tax on tobacco and E-cigarettes to fund treatment programs in place of incarceration for drug users.

 

Randy Adams, executive director and treasurer of the Northwest Baptist Convention, believes Oregon’s drug decriminalization measure will increase addiction, leading to “serious health and family problems, among other things.”

 

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