ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - Sagebrush Church led the Baptist Convention of New Mexico in baptisms during the 2019 BCNM fiscal year, according to the convention’s annual report, released last month. The fiscal year ran from Oct. 1, 2018 - Sep. 30, 2019.
Sagebrush, which has 7,875 members across eight campuses, reported 1,127 baptisms. That number accounts for more than 45% of baptisms reported across BCNM-affiliated churches last year. In total, BCNM churches baptized 2,470 people.
Real Life Church, Las Cruces (formerly Mesilla Park Community Church), reported the second-highest number of baptisms within the convention in 2019. The 735-member church reported 132 baptisms.
First Baptist Church, Aztec, reported the third-highest number of baptisms in 2019. The church reported 72 baptisms in its annual church profile, though in a Jan. 20, 2020 Baptist New Mexican article, First Baptist’s pastor, Mike Napier, reported 93 baptisms during the 2019 calendar year. Napier credited prayer and reliance of God as the primary impetuses for the church’s baptism numbers. “… Times of prayer have been the catalyst for what God is doing in this area. We are seeking Him, and He is being faithful as the almighty God to pour out His Spirit and answer prayer. It’s really amazing,” he said.
Rounding out the top ten are First Baptist Church, Bloomfield, 41 baptisms; First Baptist Church, Las Cruces, 39 baptisms; Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Albuquerque, 38 baptisms; Iglesia Bautista Agape, Las Cruces, 33; Central Baptist Church, Clovis, 23 baptisms; First Baptist Church, Rio Rancho, 21 baptisms; and Laguna-Acoma Church, Cubero, 21 baptisms.
Betesda Comunidad Cristana, Anthony, reported 18 baptisms; and Praise Chapel, Albuquerque, reported 17 baptisms. Five churches each reported 15 baptisms: X Factor Church, Albuquerque; First Baptist Church, Los Chavez; Soul Rio Church, Rio Rancho; Parkland Baptist Church, Clovis; Taylor Memorial Baptist Church, Hobbs.
Of the convention’s 337 churches, 132 congregations (39%) did not report any baptisms between Oct. 1, 2018, and Sep. 30, 2019. The full BCNM Annual Report is available at tinyurl.com/2019BCNMAnnual (case sensitive).