DALLAS — With a theme of “Testify! Go. Stand. Speak.” the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting will take place June 12-13 at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, TX.
“Obviously, we face the challenge of seeking new leaders to fill two of our most important leadership roles – the President of the International Mission Board and the CEO of the SBC Executive Committee,” he said. “We must have Godly, Spirit-filled leaders in those positions.”
Crossover, Southern Baptists’ annual evangelistic emphasis in the host city, will occur over two days and culminate June 10. That night, California pastor/evangelist Greg Laurie and his Harvest America ministry will host a crusade at AT&T Stadium.
Harvest America, partnering with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, is providing opportunities for Georgia Baptists to join in evangelistic opportunities in the 13-county Metroplex.
SBC presidential election
Voting for SBC president will take place at 1:50 Tuesday afternoon. North Carolina pastor J.D. Greear will be nominated by Florida pastor Ken Whitten. In February a group of Southern Baptists announced via a state paper their intention to nominate former Southwestern Seminary President Ken Hemphill, currently an administrator at North Greenville (SC) University.
In addition to serving as the first African American president of the SBC Pastors’ Conference, Florida pastor H.B. Charles, Jr. will preside over the gathering with the theme of “Fulfill Your Ministry!”
“We are living in critical times. The world at its worst needs the church at its best,” Charles, wrote on his website. “To reach this culture and generation for Christ, we must live faithful lives, preach faithful messages, and lead faithful congregations. Each message will be a call to faithfulness.”
Along with a diverse lineup of speakers, also preaching will be Frank Pomeroy, pastor of Frist Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX, where a gunman murdered 26 people last fall.
Ministers’ wives events
Authors and speakers for a variety of events geared toward women in Dallas include Beth Moore, Lisa Harper, and Sherri Pomeroy of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX.
All events – the Ministers’ Wives Luncheon, Pastors’ Wives Conference, and women’s expo – will be held in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on Level 2, Ballrooms A1-4. The conference, slated for Monday, June 11 from 8:45-11:45 a.m., will feature Harper, Moore, and Pomeroy and is free with no registration required. Registration for the Tuesday luncheon with Harper as its keynote speaker, however, has reached maximum capacity.
Various groups to meet, seminaries host luncheons
Southern Baptist groups such as the National African American Fellowship, National Asian American Fellowship, Korean Council, Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship, and Fellowship of Native American Christians will hold their annual meetings corresponding with the Southern Baptist Convention gathering. In addition, the six SBC seminaries will host their luncheons for alumni and guests on Wednesday, June 13.
Georgia Baptists nominated for various committees and boards
Georgia Baptists join others nominated to serve as trustees on several boards among various SBC entities. For the full list click here.
- Executive Committee: Georgia Baptist Convention President Mike Stone, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Blackshear, will be nominated to serve as second term as will be Cheryl Samples, a member of First Baptist Woodstock.
- GuideStone Financial Resources: Deana F. Hames, a layperson and member of First Baptist Woodstock, is nominated with term to expire in 2022.
- International Mission Board: Nominees with terms to expire in 2022 include Joyce Chambers, a member of Grace Baptist Church in Monroe. Bill Ricketts, longtime pastor (retired) of Prince Avenue Baptist Church near Athens, is nominated for a second term.
- LifeWay Christian Resources: Randy Smith, a member of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, has been nominated for a term to expire in 2021.
- Southeastern Seminary: Joe Forrester, who attends Hebron Baptist Church in Dacula, has been nominated to serve as second term as trustee.
With additional reporting by Shawn Hendricks of Baptist Press.