Last time, we began what will be a multi-part series on the State of the Conference.
We said that we would do so in the context of our core values; we call them The 7 E’s.
Evangelizing Our Conference
Equipping Our Workers
Educating Our Children
Engaging Our Young Adults
Enunciating Our Expectations
Evaluating Our Results
Entreating Our God
We started last time by sharing with you how the Lord has blessed our conference relative to the first E: Evangelizing Our Conference.
We shared with you that in 2012, the Lord blessed our conference with 1,491 reported baptisms. That was the highest number of baptisms in the last 20 years (which is as far back as the records that are readily available to me go).
Additionally, we know that there are at least 120 baptisms that occurred in 3 churches that did not get reported. That would have given us over 1,600 baptisms, which could very well be the largest number in the history of our conference (we shall know for certain in a few days). To God be the glory, or, as our Latino brethren would say Glory a Dios (Glory to God).
Here are the Pastors/churches whom the Lord blessed to lead us in baptisms last year:
Dr. Carlton Byrd/Elders Edmund Julius/Toussaint Williams/Lloyd Wilson, Oakwood University Church- 179
Pastor Darron George, Vicksburg/Port Gibson, Mississippi-94
Elder William Scales, Bessemer First Church-80
Elder James Owens, Memphis Longview-65
Elder Daniel Lubega, Pensacola/Atmore-62
Elder Debleaire Snell/Elders Alfred Hill/Alfonzo Greene, Huntsville First Church-61
Elder James Norman, Phenix City/Opelika, Alabama-50
Elder Albert Frazier, Birmingham South Park-46
Elder David Steede, II, Memphis New Covenant-46
Elder Michael Lewis, Selma/Thomasville, Alabama-45
Elder Fred Batten, Jr., Memphis Word of Life-44
Elder Marshall Johnson, Jackson Berean-40
Elder Alexander Lampkin, Knoxville College Hill-39
Elder Furman Fordham II/Pastor Michael Polite, Nashville Riverside Chapel-39
Elder Clifton McMillan, Adamsville/Fairfield, Alabama-36
Elders Alex Horton/Chester Readus, Birmingham Ephesus-32
Pastor Dorian Melo, Crossville/Boaz/Gadsen/Oakwood Spanish-32
Pastor Ricky Wade, North Cheatham County-32