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OPINION

SBC nominees' 2010 key stats

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PHOENIX (BP)--In compiling statistics related to nominees for Southern Baptist Convention offices, Baptist Press has gathered the following information from nominees' local churches and state conventions as well as the Annual Church Profile maintained by LifeWay Christian Resources.
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PRESIDENT

Bryant Wright, pastor, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga. -- In 2010, Johnson Ferry Baptist Church reported primary worship attendance of 4,133; 310 baptisms; undesignated receipts of $15,636,281; Cooperative Program contributions of $547,270; a Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions gift of $686,298; an Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions gift of $22,979; and $3,009,383 in total missions expenditures.

While the Annual Church Profile report showed slightly different numbers in certain categories, the difference may be due to the fact that Johnson Ferry reports its Annual Church Profile information based on a Sept. 1 - Aug. 31 church year, while the GBC and LifeWay reports use a Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 year.

The initial Baptist Press story on Wright's nomination for a second term as SBC president can be accessed at www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=34815

RECORDING SECRETARY

John Yeats, member, First Baptist Church in Rayville, La. -- In 2010, First Baptist Rayville reported primary worship attendance of 300; 6 baptisms; undesignated receipts of $768,206; Cooperative Program contributions of $75,824; a Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions gift of $19,226; and an Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions gift of $6,695. The congregation's total missions expenditures, according to LifeWay Christian Resources, was $187,602, of which the church reported $4,500 as "Other SBC" and $47,388 as "Non-SBC."

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The initial Baptist Press story on Yeats' nomination for a 15th consecutive term as SBC recording secretary can be accessed at www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=35376

REGISTRATION SECRETARY

Jim Wells, member, Hopedale Baptist Church, Ozark, Mo. -- In 2010, Hopedale Baptist Church reported primary worship attendance of 300; 24 baptisms; undesignated receipts of $498,835; Cooperative Program contributions of $36,910; a Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions gift of $6,485; an Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions gift of $2,986; and total missions expenditures of $46,381.

The initial Baptist Press story on the re-nomination of Wells, the SBC's registration secretary since 2002, can be accessed at www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=35476

NOTE: Statistics on the church of first vice president nominee Fred Luter are being compiled. Baptist Press has not learned of any nominees for SBC second vice president.

Compiled by Baptist Press assistant editor Mark Kelly.

Copyright (c) 2011 Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press www.BPNews.net

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