Baltic Union Conference Winter Meeting
Sunday, November 28, Riga, LATVIA. Members of the Baltic Union Conference Executive Committee gathered in Riga for the winter meeting to review and evaluate the results of the Union work. Meeting opened Johann E. Johannsson, treasurer of the Trans–European Division. He emphasised the necessity to encourage each other and keep unity in our ministry.
BAUC President Valdis Zilgalvis expressed his gratitude to all Executive Committee members and Baltic Union staff for their work. President informed that during this year 150 new members were baptised and one new church has been established in Keula, Estonia. The most successful at evangelism was Latvian Conference and especially Riga I church which added 33 new church members. They put strong emphasis on the need of prayers and the results are very positive.
V.Zilgalvis informed Executive Committee members about the new General Conference initiative for the revival and reformation and asked all conference leadership to take necessary steps for its implementation.
BAUC Secretary Andrejs Arins asked conference leaders to pay attention to those churches who haven’t seen any baptism during last five years. He emphasised the need for revival in those churches and informed that the Baltic Union leaders have decided to participate in evangelistic campaigns in two such churches. A.Arins asked every pastor to conduct at least one evangelistic campaign every year.
BAUC Treasurer Zigurds Laudurgs explained that during this economical crisis we had to overview and minimise our expenses and it also lead to the salary cuts for the ministers and office workers. BAUC Executive Committee reviewed and accepted budget report.
Estonian and Latvian Conference presidents David Nommik and Viesturs Rekis and Lithuanian Field president Bertold Hibner also gave their reports. Reports were given also by the BAUC departmental leaders David Nommik, Valda Reke, Talivaldis Vilnis, Ruta Zilgalve and Guntis Bukalders.
BAUC Executive Committee accepted plans for the evangelistic campaigns for the next year. V.Zilgalvis informed Executive Committee members that we have received new initiative from the TED to come up with the new cutting edge methods of evangelism, and the most promising project will be sponsored by the TED. That opens for us the door for the new creative approaches to evangelism.
Baltic Union Conference Communication Director