Business_inlineChurch messengers from all across the country convened on Wednesday, June 29, to attend the national association’s 2016 business meeting. After receiving annual reports from each of the GARBC’s subsidiary ministries, the messengers voted to receive six new churches into the association: Exodus Fundamental Baptist Church (Elmhurst, N.Y.); First Baptist Church (Blanchester, Ohio); Lakewood Conservative Baptist Church (Lakewood, Wash.); Liberty Baptist Church (Pueblo, Colo.); The Rock Baptist Church (Greenville, Texas); and Two Rivers Baptist Church (Rice, Minn.). These incoming churches were formally introduced to an enthusiastic audience at the evening service.

“In all our years of existence—ever since 1932—every GARBC church was a new, incoming church at one time,” said John Greening. “It is always a great delight to welcome new churches into the fellowship.”

The messengers then voted to pass two new resolutions, entitled “Proclaiming Christ from the Old Testament” and “Resolution Concerning Appreciation for Host Church.” “We express our hearts of gratitude [to Harvest New Beginnings],” the latter reads in part, “concurring with the apostle Paul in Philemon 1:7, when he wrote, ‘For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you.’”

Next year’s business meeting will be held during the 2017 annual conference at Sandy Cove Ministries, North East, Md.