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About ten years ago, Cavern Baptist Church, Carlsbad, decided to have a “Free” garage sale to help people in need. The church asked its members to donate their unwanted “stuff.” Then, on the date they picked for the garage sale, they set up the items in the parking lot. Word-of-mouth adverti…

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ROSWELL (BNM) – “Planting a church never tasted so good,” Heather Schmidt said in an email sent to the Baptist New Mexican recently. Schmidt is a member of River Valley Church, Roswell.

ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) – Iglesia Bautista Nuevas Alturas, Albuquerque, used four Sundays in October to create a campaign to reach its local community. Each weekend, the church planned a different event or theme to bring people back to church.

TUCUMCARI (BNM) – First Baptist Church, Tucumcari, its 30th annual Thanksgiving dinner as a drive-thru event for the second year in a row. Using tracts of the Gospel of John, the church hopes to share the Gospel in a unique way with those who have come to depend on the church for their Thank…

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PORTALES (BNM) - The board of the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries, based in Portales, removed Randy Rankin from his role as president of the organization today, Jan. 21, according to a press release from the group. The home’s board said it was beginning “a search for…

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ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) – The Baptist Convention of New Mexico welcomed two new staff late in 2021. Both started their positions by working from home until they could physically move to Albuquerque. They are now available to assist churches across the state in their respective ministry areas.

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SANTA FE (BNM) – The Christian Life Committee of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico has begun planning the 2022 Capitol Prayer Gathering that will take place in the state capital and live online. The event will occur on Feb. 2, 2022, at First Baptist Church, Santa Fe.

Thank you for the generosity of your people and your church in supporting Cooperative Program and Mission New Mexico State Missions Offering during 2021. You have made a difference in the lives of people. Many have received God’s gift of salvation. Many have received food through the hunger …

ROSWELL (BNM) - Approximately 15 missionaries who previously served or are currently serving with the International Mission Board gathered for the IMB Alumni Fellowship, Oct.  25. The fellowship dinner was one of the activities of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s 2021 Annual Meeting.

ROSWELL (BNM) - On Monday evening, Oct. 25, ministers, their families and other guests gathered in the fellowship hall at First Baptist Church, Roswell, for the Registration Reception before Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s 2021 Annual Meeting. The Baptist New Mexican spoke with several of…

ROSWELL (BNM) – Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s President Ronny Cooksey, pastor of Sandia Baptist Church, Albuquerque, delivered the President’s Address at the BCNM’s 2021 Annual Meeting, Oct. 26. Cooksey spoke from 1 John 1:1-4, where John taught that the Word is Jesus. John explains tha…

ROSWELL (BNM) - A group composed mostly of New Mexico pastors listened as Matt Queen spoke about recovering ministry and about re-engaging evangelism as COVID restrictions ease. Queen serves as associate dean of the Roy J. Fish School of Evangelism, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary,…

ROSWELL (BNM) - “The glue that makes Southern Baptists Southern Baptists is missions,” Steve Ballew said. Ballew serves as the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s lead missionary and executive director. He set the tone for the New Mexico WMU’s 2021 Missions Celebration and offered a reminder …

ROSWELL (BNM) – New Mexico Baptists need to reach everyone, according to Steve Ballew. Ballew, executive director for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico, delivered his report to messengers and guests of the convention’s Annual Meeting after a well-attended prayer service led by keynote spe…

The Singing Churchmen of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico are back together again, after a year off due to Covid-19 restrictions. The last time the group sang together was for the celebration of life for Clark Henderson, former worship pastor at Sandia Baptist Church, Albuquerque.

ROSWELL (BNM) – The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico convened at 1:30, Oct. 26, at First Baptist Church, Roswell. The two-day event opened with a welcome from the pastor of the hosting church, Aaron Colyer.

ROSWELL (BNM) - “I recently repented of ‘sharing’ the Gospel. I stopped ‘sharing’ the Gospel so that I can ‘proclaim’ the Gospel,” Keith Berryman admitted. Berryman serves as senior pastor at First Baptist Church, Farmington. He made the statement while delivering the annual sermon to messen…

ROSWELL (BNM) - The Baptist Convention of New Mexico met for its Annual Meeting, Oct. 26-27, at First Baptist Church, Roswell. The church hosted 229 messengers from 89 churches and 57 visitors, for a total attendance of 286. Messengers conducted business, heard reports, listened to two keyno…

ROSWELL (BNM) - The Baptist Convention of New Mexico met for its Annual Meeting, Oct. 26-27, at First Baptist Church, Roswell. The church hosted 229 messengers from 89 churches and 57 visitors, for a total attendance of 286. Messengers conducted business, heard reports, listened to two keyno…

CLOVIS (BNM) - Church planters, pastors and other leaders met Tuesday, Oct. 22, for a church planting luncheon at Parkland Baptist Church, Clovis. The Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s Missions Mobilization Team organized the event.

CLOVIS (BNM) - Approximately 100 women and a few men attended the WMU Missions Celebration, Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Central Baptist Church, Clovis. The event preceded the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s Annual Meeting, also held at Central Baptist.

CLOVIS (BNM) - Baptist Convention of New Mexico Lead Missionary Joseph Bunce delivered his Executive Director’s Report during BCNM’s Annual Meeting at Central Baptist Church, Clovis, Tuesday, Oct. 22.

PORTALES (BNM) - Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, preached during the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s Annual Meeting at the Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries in Portales, Wednesday, Oct. 23.

CLOVIS (BNM) - Twenty-three bivocational pastors and their families shared a dinner provided by the Baptist Convention of New Mexico at Leal’s Mexican Restaurant, Clovis, following the Tuesday afternoon session (Oct. 22) of the convention's Annual Meeting in the city. The dinner expressed th…

CLOVIS (BNM) - For one final time, Paul Chitwood, president of the International Mission Board, challenge the messengers and guests of the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico. Chitwood had already spoken three previous times on the opening day of the meeting.

CLOVIS (BNM) - As a part of the 2019 Annual Meeting, the IMB Connect ministry of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico hosted a dinner on Oct. 22 to emphasize to attendees the magnitude of the need for churches and members to partner with the International Mission Board to share the Gospel wi…

CLOVIS (BNM) - New Mexico Baptist Foundation Development Officer Micheal Summers gave the foundation report at the Baptist Convention of New Mexico's Annual Meeting at Central Baptist Church, Clovis. Rick Breeden, the entity's president, who would normally give the report, was out of the country.

PORTALES (BNM) - With remarks interspersed with humor, New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries President Randy Rankin reviewed 100 years of ministry during his report the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s 2019 Annual Meeting. The children’s home hosted messengers for the se…

CLOVIS (BNM) - In his opening remarks at the joint meeting of New Mexico WMU and Pastors and Mens Conference, Paul Chitwood, president of the International Mission Board, brought greetings from 3,700 missionaries and 2,280 missionary kids serving across the globe. He thanked New Mexico Bapti…

CLOVIS (BNM) - A tradition held each year at the Annual Meeting of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico is the introduction of new staff who have come to New Mexico in the past year. This year, Joseph Bunce, executive director of the BCNM, invited any new church staff members who were presen…

CLOVIS (BNM) - Paul Chitwood, president of the International Mission Board spoke during the Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 22) session of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico's 2019 Annual Meeting at Central Baptist Church, Clovis.

PORTALES (BNM) - Following the final session of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico's Annual Meeting at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home and Family Ministries main campus in Portales on Oct. 23, the home served a barbecue meal to all who attended.

CLOVIS (BNM) - International Mission Board president, Paul Chitwood, delivered the keynote address of the 2019 Pastors’ and Men’s Conference, Oct. 22, in advance of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s Annual Meeting at Central Baptist Church, Clovis.

CLOVIS (BNM) - The drive from Albuquerque for most of the staff of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico on Sunday afternoon and evening included high winds. On Monday morning, the BCNM staff gathered at Central Baptist Church, Clovis, to unload the BCNM trailer under blue skies. Its contents…

CLOVIS (BNM) - Baptist Convention of New Mexico Executive Director Joseph Bunce has announced his intention to retire from his position in 2021, effective Feb. 21, 2021, following 15 years of service as the state’s lead missionary. The announcement came Tuesday, Oct. 22, during the BCNM’s An…

ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - Ronnie Floyd, president and CEO of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, will speak at the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s Annual Meeting, Oct. 23 in Portales.

CLOVIS (BNM) - In conjunction with the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s annual meeting, the BCNM’s Missions Mobilization Team will host a Church Planting Luncheon, Tuesday, October 22, at 12 p.m., at Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis, following the Pastors’ and Men’s Conference and the WMU…

CLOVIS (BNM) - In conjunction with the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s annual meeting, the BCNM’s Missions Mobilization Team will host an International Mission Board Connect Dinner, Tuesday, October 22, at 5 p.m., at Central Baptist Church in Clovis, following the afternoon session of the…

ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - As the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s evangelism/discipleship team prepared for the 2019 New Mexico Evangelism Conference, the packets of information were sent to churches, encouraging them to promote the conference to their congregations and encourage attendance.

Nineteen alumni from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and their families gathered for fellowship and a seminary report on Wednesday morning of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s 2018 Annual Meeting. They met at Las Cruces’ Cracker Barrel restaurant, near the Annual Meeting site.…

God, not people, defines the church, John Morgan told New Mexico Baptists. Morgan pastors of Sagemont Church, Houston, Texas. He preached during the Wednesday morning session of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s 2018 Annual Meeting at Mesilla Park Community Church, Las Cruces.

“Even in all the chaos and craziness in the world today, do not forget, Jesus is Lord!” proclaimed Steve Gaines, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention and pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn. “I have preached this message for 35 years—I do not need notes!” His ch…

In cooperation with the International Mission Board, the Baptist Convention of New Mexico held an IMB Connect meeting Oct. 24. The meeting took place in conjunction with the convention’s annual meeting and was hosted by the New Mexico State University Christian Challenge, Las Cruces.

Las Cruces (BNM) - From gavel to gavel, the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s 2018 Annual Meeting included many different items on its agenda: worship, preaching, reports and business. In business sessions, the convention’s messengers took several actions.

During the 2018 BCNM Annual Meeting, executive director Joseph Bunce asked all new staff members and their spouses, to come to the platform and introduce themselves. Eight new staff members joined Bunce on the platform to be introduced to messengers. They are as follows:

Mesilla Park Community Church welcomed the children of pastors, staff and messengers at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Baptist Convention New Mexico in Las Cruces. Cindy VanPelt, Mesilla Park Community Church’s children's ministry co-director managed the children's program during the regular…

“This is my 13th convention,” Joseph Bunce shared during the Tuesday evening session of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s 2018 Annual Meeting. He continued, “In those 13 years there has been turbulence, change, disruption and reorganization. The landscape has changed significantly, but …

BCNM President John Hinze addressed messengers and guests during the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico at Mesilla Park Community Church, Las Cruces, Oct. 24. Hinze is pastor of First Baptist Church, Tucumcari. His message was titled “God's Unshakeable Kingdom.”

Las Cruces (BNM) - Pastors and lay church leaders from across New Mexico met Oct. 23 for the annual Pastors’ and Laymen’s Conference preceding the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s 2018 Annual Meeting at Mesilla Park Community Church, Las Cruces.

Las Cruces (BNM) - Preaching an unintended sermon to New Mexico Baptists, Steve Gaines told pastors to seek God for six specific ministry qualities and to embrace and practice personal accountability. Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, Tenn., and former Southern Baptist Conv…

Las Cruces (BNM) - 23 exhibit booths lined two walls of the foyer and extended down a main hallway at Mesilla Park Community Church for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Las Cruces. Ministry opportunities and reports abounded - from children's camps at Sivells Bap…

Las Cruces (BNM) - The New Mexico Singing Churchmen gathered to rehearse on Monday evening, Oct. 22, at First Baptist Church, Las Cruces, in preparation for Tuesday night's session of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s 2018 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting was held Oct. 23-24 at Mesill…

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