Layton, UT – The 2022 UISBC Pastor’s Conference featured Dr. Ray Van Neste, dean of the School of Theology and Missions at Union University, as the primary speaker. Dr. Van Neste led pastors through four exhortations based on 1 Corinthians 15 and the book of 2 Timothy. The title of each address encapsulates the thrust of these exhortations: Brothers, Hold Fast; Brothers, Be Bold; Brothers, Seek God’s Approval; Brothers, Fulfill Your Ministry. In addition to the messages, Zach and Andrew Thompson, members of Christ Fellowship Church of Utah County, led the gathering in worship. The conference had over 60 pre-register with even more attending on the day of the event.
The conference also included electing the President of the Pastor’s Conference for 2023 and 2024. Clint Henry, pastor of Central Valley Baptist Church, and Charles Cutrera, pastor of Mountain View Baptist Church, were elected as presidents of the 2023 and 2024 Pastors Conferences respectively. The entirety of the 2022 UISBC Pastor’s Conference can be streamed on demand from Mountain View Baptist Church’s YouTube page or by following this link.
Draper, UT – An oversight in the scheduling of this year’s Annual Meeting in Layton, we failed to recognize the families of those in our Utah Idaho SBC who have graduated to heaven this past year. We regret that slide failed to be shown and wanted to recognize them here. We pray for the three families of these treasured saints and are thankful for their years of contributions they gave in our convention faithfully serving with grace and dignity.
MERIDIAN, Idaho – Dr. Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary in Ontario, California, used his four sessions to present helpful lessons from scripture on how we, the church, need to respond to conflict.
In session one, we were presented with a case for unity within the church. In session two, we learned that the church must respond biblically to conflicts within our culture. In session three, we were provided advice on how to address conflicts between members of our church. In the final session, we dealt with doctrinal conflicts between fellow believers.
In typical seminary form, Dr. Iorg preached each session using one of four different methods of preaching to provide lessons for hearers who were exposed to different preaching methods as powerful tools in our toolbox.
To watch all four sessions, they are available in our 2021 Pastors’ Conference playlist. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to be informed whenever new content is posted.
MERIDIAN, Idaho – The 57th Annual Meeting of the Utah Idaho Southern Baptist Convention met on October 29 at Central Valley Baptist Church in Meridian, Idaho. The theme was Delighting in the Word based on messages given from Psalm 119. Convention sermon was on prioritizing the gospel, above all else by host pastor, Clint Henry of CVBC. Worship was led by Robbie Tschorn of Redeeming Life Church in Bountiful, UT.
Reports were provided in person by national agency partners; Dr. Jeff Iorg of Gateway Seminary, Jonathan Howe of the SBC Executive Committee, Hoon Im of Guidestone, Bobby Wood of North American Mission Board, Ed Upton of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, David-Andrew and Pam Fox of the International Mission Board. Several other reports were given via video.
Due to a glitch, we were unable to present a personal message from Dr. Ronnie Floyd given directly to Utah Idaho Southern Baptists via video. We have uploaded that video to our YouTube page for you to view now. Here is the link to that message by Dr. Floyd. We apologize for not having it presented during our live meeting or YouTube session. https://youtu.be/Z9MQHSROPK4
The Utah Idaho Executive Board presented and the messengers approved the renewed and updated Vision Report after a year of work by the board appointed Vision Task Force. The main change from the original Vision 2020 report is the addition of the word “Churches” in front of our three main priorities and recognizing that we do what we do surrendered to the authority of Christ. The new preamble to the vision report is “Surrendered to Christ, U&I Together are Churches Sharing Christ, Churches Starting Churches, and Churches Strengthening Churches”.
The heart of the renewed vision is to empower and encourage churches to be catalysts for helping other affiliated churches within the convention and pick up tasks previously provided by the UISBC staff. All must recognize that none of those priorities can be accomplished in isolation. We must be surrendered to Christ. The full text of this report can be read and downloaded here from our website. https://www.uisbc.org/annual-convention/am-documents/.
A new slate of convention officers was elected. President, Jared Jenkins, Risen Life Church, Salt Lake City, UT. First Vice President, Roger Naylor, FBC Bonners Ferry, ID. Second Vice President, Dave Carver, Water’s Edge Fellowship, Burley, ID. Recording Secretary, Timothy O’Day, Christ Fellowship Church, Lehi, UT. Time/Place/Preacher Committee presented the 2023 Annual Meeting will take place on Friday, October 27 at Calvary Baptist Church in Idaho Falls, ID with convention sermon to be preached by Matt McGukin, host pastor. Dave Carver will be the alternate preacher.
The main highlight of the afternoon session was the announcement that the North American Mission Board and UISBC are partnering together to form Send Utah-Idaho, a network that will serve to be catalysts for church planting across Utah and Idaho. This is an expansion of what NAMB was doing through Send Salt Lake City over the previous decade.
Resolutions were presented by Jason DeFoor of Canyons Church in Salt Lake City, Chairman of the Resolutions Committee. In addition to offering gratitude to the host church, a resolution on the abolishment of abortion was passed by the 92 messengers in attendance. The full text of the resolutions can be read using the above link or scanning the QR code in this article with your phone.
A video recording playlist of the 57th Annual Meeting of the UISBC can be found on our YouTube channel or by visiting the Annual Meeting page on our website. https://www.uisbc.org/annual-convention
The 58th Annual Meeting of the Utah Idaho Southern Baptist Convention will be held at Mountain View Baptist Church in Layton, UT on October 28, 2022.
Photos from Convention
Called to order (from left: Robbie Tschorn, Jared Jenkins, Mike Palmer
Robbie Tschorn leading worship
Messengers in attendance
Messengers in attendance
Messengers in attendence
Dr Jeff Iorg of Gateway Seminary
Jonathan Howe of SBC Executive Committee
Hoon Im of GuideStone
Ed Upton of Southwestern Seminary
Nick Erickson of Nominations Committee
David Michael of Properties and Loans Committee
Daniel Savage of Budget and Finance Committee
Executive Board’s Budget and Finance Chair, Daniel Savage, answers a messenger’s question
Trey Sapp, Executive Board Chair
Mike Palmer introduces Send Network Utah-Idaho
Send Co-Coordinator, Bobby Woods
Executive Director, Rob Lee
New Officers, President Jared Jenkins, First VP Roger Naylor, 2nd VP Dave Carver, and Recording Secretary Timothy O’Day
We remember and pray for families of those we lost this past year
Host Pastor, Clint Henry brings Annual Message
Resolutions Committee Chair, Jason DeFoor and President-Elect Jared Jenkins have a “little” fun on the platform as the record will show, Jason DeFoor is now 6’4″ tall
Trey Sapp is presented a gavel for his years of service chairing the UISBC Executive Board
Bryan Catherman is presented a gavel for his years serving as convention president
Rob Lee is congratulated on his 30 years of dedicated service to UISBC
Rob Lee is congratulated on his 30 years of dedicated service to UISBC and presented gifts
MERIDIAN, ID – The annual women’s conference in conjunction with the UISBC Annual meeting is coming in just a little over a week! We will focus on praying for needs around the world and specifically recent events: Medical workers, refugees, underground church, Muslim women and earthquake relief in Haiti. You will learn how to pray and minister more effectively by hearing from some of our workers on the field. and learn by experiencing some of what refugees and those affected by natural disasters face through a simple but powerful simulation.
The conference begins at 2:30 and, if you can, you’re encouraged to come at 1:30 to spend a time of refreshing your personal relationship with God as you visit the prayer stations in the “Soul Spa”.
I was recently asked to explain “Experiential Learning” and what we mean by that term. It’s learning by experiencing. Instead of being told about what refugees face, a simple exercise will help us experience some of what refugees go through. We’ll also hear directly (through video) from Lorna Bius in Clarkston, GA and Janis Walton serving in Haiti to help us know more about ministering with refugees and victims of natural disasters.