2012 Florida Baptist State
Convention Annual Meeting
“Every recommendation has been implemented or is in the process of being implemented,” Sullivan said.
Among the implemented recommendations was a spiritual renewal emphasis, “ReVision Florida”; a move toward the 50/50 percent distribution of Cooperative Program funds; and development of evangelistic pastoral leaders through increased availability of theological education.
An emphasis on church planting regionalization produced 117 new church starts in 2012, Sullivan announced. “The best calculation that we can make about planting churches is that about 20 percent of every dollar that comes through the Florida Baptist Convention goes to church planting. We are on target in planting churches in the state of Florida,” he said.
“The best partner we have in the state of Florida is the North America Mission Board. I commend Dr. Ezell for cooperating and listening … . I am thankful to God for the NAMB and for their help in planting churches,” Sullivan quipped.
Also implemented was a reorganization and regionalization of staff along convention priorities.
Sullivan credited the convention staff for the “excellent and efficient progress” made in accomplishing the goals. “Our staff has been exceptional in making adjustments and assuming additional responsibilities and maintaining relationships throughout the state.”
Maynard, completing his final year as president of the SBOM, told messengers: “Let me tell you something about Florida Baptists. I have been behind the scenes for eight years and I am more excited to be a Florida Baptist than I have ever been. I have seen what happens behind the curtain. I am so impressed with who we are.
“This convention follows Jesus Christ, nobody else,” Maynard con-tinued. “This convention sets the paradigm. This convention sets the pattern that will be followed. I believe the way that we get to 50/50 will be the way other conventions will follow.
“There are no greater missions organizations in the world than the ones we support with Cooperative Program dollars,” Maynard said.
Elected to serve with Maynard was layperson Jack Roland of Ocala First Baptist Church, first vice president; Chris Coram, associate pastor of North Jacksonville Baptist Church, second vice president; and Randy Huckabee, pastor of First Baptist Church of Okeechobee, recording secretary. Roland topped Kevin Goza, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Apopka. The other two officers ran unopposed.
There were no questions or dissenting votes during convention business reports and no miscellaneous business or recommendations offered by messengers.
Next year’s meeting is scheduled for Nov. 11-12 in Jacksonville at North Jacksonville Baptist Church.
Barbara Denman and James A. Smith Sr. contributed to this report.
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