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OPINION

SBC nominees' 2011 key stats

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NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Church statistics related to announced nominees for the offices of Southern Baptist Convention president and vice presidents have been compiled by Baptist Press, primarily drawing from the Annual Church Profile maintained by LifeWay Christian Resources.
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PRESIDENT

Fred Luter, pastor, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans -- In 2011, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church reported weekly worship attendance of 4,500; 204 baptisms; undesignated receipts of $4,456,899; Cooperative Program contributions of $193,791; $372,727 in Great Commission Giving and $394,304 in total missions expenditures. Contributions to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions or the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions were not reported.

Though the church was heavily impacted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Franklin Avenue managed to increase CP giving from 1.6 percent pre-Katrina to 5.9 percent in 2010.

The initial Baptist Press story on Luter's nomination for SBC president can be accessed at www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=37114.

FIRST VICE PRESIDENT

Nathan Lino, pastor of Northeast Houston Baptist Church in Humble, Texas -- Annual Church Profile information was unavailable for Northeast Houston Baptist Church. The church's executive pastor shared in an email to Baptist Press June 14 that weekly worship attendance was 1,000; undesignated receipts totaled $1.8 million last year; the church gave $117,000 through the Cooperative Program; and total Great Commission Giving was $241,000. The email did not address church gifts to SBC annual missions offerings.

The initial Baptist Press story on Lino's nomination for SBC first vice president can be accessed at www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=37586.

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SECOND VICE PRESIDENT

Eric Hankins, pastor of First Baptist Church in Oxford, Miss. -- In 2011, First Baptist Oxford reported primary worship attendance of 683; 26 baptisms; undesignated receipts of $2,036,942; Cooperative Program contributions of $254,616; a Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions gift of $43,369; an Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions gift of $12,242; Great Commission Giving of $441,281; and total missions expenditures of $456,689. This information was confirmed June 11 by the church's administrative pastor.

The initial Baptist Press story on the nomination of Hankins as SBC second vice president can be accessed at www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=37931.

Compiled by Baptist Press assistant editor Erin Roach. Get Baptist Press headlines and breaking news on Twitter (@BaptistPress), Facebook (Facebook.com/BaptistPress) and in your email (baptistpress.com/SubscribeBP.asp).

Copyright (c) 2012 Southern Baptist Convention, Baptist Press www.BPNews.net

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