April 2017

SBC Pastors’ Conference 2017 schedule

April 25 2017 by BP staff

This year’s Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference will center on the theme “above every name” and focus on an exposition of Philippians by pastors of Southern Baptist churches with average attendance of approximately 500 or less.
 
Pastors’ Conference President Dave Miller’s advice to prospective attendees is to “read and look through the book of Philippians” in advance because the meeting “is all about the text” of scripture.
 
Miller and his fellow officers – vice president Paul Smith, pastor of First Baptist Church in Chandler, Ariz., and treasurer Toby Frost, pastor of South Main Street Baptist Church in Greenwood, S.C. – hope pastors from congregations of all sizes will draw encouragement from one another at the conference.
 
Below is a list of pertinent information on the Pastors’ Conference followed by a schedule of speakers.
 

Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference 2017

June 11-12, 2017
 
Phoenix Convention Center
 
Theme: “Above Every Name“
 
President: Dave Miller, pastor, Southern Hills Baptist Church, Sioux City, Iowa
 
Free and Open to the Public – no registration required
 
Website: sbcpc.net
 

SUNDAY, JUNE 11, 6 P.M.

Philippians 1:1-11 – David Choi, pastor, Church of the Beloved, Chicago
 
Philippians 1:12-26 – John Onwuchekwa, pastor, Cornerstone Church, Atlanta
 
Philippians 1:27-30 – Chris Davis, pastor, Groveton Baptist Church, Alexandria, Va.
 
Testimony – Fred Luter, pastor, Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans
 

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 9 A.M.

Philippians 2:1-4 – Jimmy Meek, pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church, El Dorado, Ark.
 
Philippians 2:5-11 – Nathan Rose, pastor, Liberty (Mo.) Baptist Church
 
Philippians 2:12-18 – Ryan Rice, pastor, Life Church, New Orleans
 
Testimony – J.D. Greear, pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
 

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 1:30 P.M.

Philippians 2:19-30 – Jamar Andrews, pastor, Word Baptist Church, Jonesboro, Ark.
 
Philippians 3:1-11 – Jose Abella, pastor, Providence Road Baptist Church, Miami
 
Philippians 3:12-16 – Spencer Plumlee, pastor, Riverview Baptist Church, Osage Beach, Mo.
 
Testimony – Johnny Hunt, pastor, First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Ga.
 

MONDAY, JUNE 12, 6 P.M.

Philippians 3:17-21 – Michael Allen, pastor, Uptown Baptist Church, Chicago
 
Philippians 4:1-9 – Bart Barber, pastor, First Baptist Church, Farmersville, Texas
 
Philippians 4:10-23 – Shane Hall, pastor, First Southern Baptist Church, Oklahoma City
 
Testimony – Steve Gaines, pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, Tenn.

(EDITOR’S NOTE – Compiled by David Roach, chief national correspondent for Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention’s news service.)
 

4/25/2017 9:38:39 AM by BP staff | with 0 comments



NAAF to join in pre-SBC pastors’ conference, crusade

April 25 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The National African American Fellowship (NAAF) has suspended its June 11 worship service in Phoenix preceding the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) 2017 Annual Meeting to allow members to attend the SBC Pastors’ Conference and the Harvest America Crusade.
 
NAAF wants to encourage the leaders of small- and average-size churches scheduled to preach at the event, NAAF President Byron Day said, and wants to encourage evangelism in Phoenix through the crusade.
 
“Most of our African American churches also fall into that category (small- and average-size) and so we wanted to encourage our churches to attend the Pastors’ Conference this year,” said Day, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Laurel, Md. “We also believe that it is important to support the Crossover/Harvest America Crusade, and we wanted to encourage our African American churches to support this effort to push back darkness in Phoenix by volunteering to work at the crusade.”
 
The Pastors’ Conference opens at the Phoenix Convention Center June 11 from 6-9 p.m., which overlaps with the time NAAF’s annual worship service would normally be held. Harvest America is scheduled June 11 from 5–7 p.m. at the University of Phoenix Stadium, with gates opening at 2 p.m. The preceding Crossover Phoenix events June 9 and 10 are related to the crusade.
 
NAAF’s Sunday worship will likely return to the group’s lineup at the 2018 annual meeting in Dallas, Day said.
 
NAAF will hold its annual business meeting at 4 p.m. June 12 in the Estrella Room on the second level of the Sheraton Grand Hotel, with Dennis Dunn, senior pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Albuquerque, N. M., delivering the devotional message.
 
NAAF’s pre-SBC annual meeting events culminate with its annual banquet June 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Sheraton Grand’s Maryvale Room, also on the second level. There, Day will deliver his first NAAF presidential keynote address.
 
Among items on tap at its business meeting, NAAF will update members on the group’s strategic plan, with phase one expected to be fully implemented by June, Day said. Included in the plan are the creation of an information system with a database of NAAF churches, indicating their growth and impact among Southern Baptists; a national communications strategy designed to raise NAAF’s visibility and viability among pastors, church planters and prospective mission and ministry resource partners; and the launch of various initiatives and partnerships to meet ministry needs through available resources within and outside the SBC.
 
NAAF will recommend re-election of the current slate of officers. In addition to Day, they include vice president Marshall Ausberry, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Fairfax Station, Va.; secretary Bucas Sterling III, pastor of Kettering Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro, Md.; treasurer Frank Williams, pastor of Wake-Eden Community Baptist Church and Bronx Baptist Church in the Bronx, N.Y.; parliamentarian Erik Cummings, pastor of New Light Baptist Church in Miami, and historian Robert Wilson, pastor of Light of the World Baptist Church in Atlanta.
 
Also returning are eastern regional director Brian King Sr., pastor of Ezekiel Baptist Church in Philadelphia; central regional director Jeffery Friend, pastor of Suburban Baptist Church in New Orleans, and mountain regional director Garland Moore, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Milan, N.M. Kevin James, pastor of New Creation Bible Fellowship in Tracy, Calif., will be recommended as western regional director, the only change in leadership. A.V. Vines, pastor of New Seasons Baptist Church in Spring Valley, Calif., previously served.
 
Banquet tickets, $60 each, are available online at naafsbc.org; by telephone at 914-260-6269; by email at treasurer@naafsbc.org and t.mcbride@naafsbc.org. To receive tickets by U.S. mail, send payments to the National African American Fellowship SBC, Rev. Frank Williams treasurer, 2074 Strang Ave., Bronx, N.Y. 10466.
 
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Diana Chandler is Baptist Press’ general assignment writer/editor.)
 

4/25/2017 9:35:39 AM by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments



NAA Fellowship to introduce second-generation group

April 25 2017 by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press

The National Asian American (NAA) Fellowship representing eight Asian nationalities will announce in June a new Southern Baptist group for second-generation Asian Americans, those born in the U.S.

BP file photo by John Stroup
Newly-elected president of the Asian American National Fellowship Ted Lam addresses the group’s inaugural meeting in conjunction with the 2016 SBC annual meeting in St. Louis.


The NAA Fellowship will work cooperatively with the National Asian American Second-Generation Fellowship, helping members of the new group navigate the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and guiding them into leadership posts, said Paul Kim, Asian American relations consultant for the SBC Executive Committee.
 
NAA Fellowship President Ted Lam will announce the new group during the fellowship banquet June 12 from 7–9 p.m. in Room North 132 B/C on Level 100 of the Phoenix Convention Center in advance of the SBC 2017 annual meeting in Phoenix.
 
Frank S. Page, SBC Executive Committee president, will bring greetings as will Gateway Seminary President Jeff Iorg.
 
Incoming NAA Fellowship leaders for 2017–2018 are President Tra Xiong, executive director of the Hmong Baptist National Association in Oakdale, Minn.; vice president Cao "Paul" Bao Tai, pastor of Vietnamese Baptist Church in Jamestown, N.C.; and secretary/treasurer Masashi Sugita, Japanese Chapel pastor of Dublin Baptist Church in Dublin, Ohio.
 
Already named as second generation group leaders are President Thomas Wong, pastor of Point Community Church in North Brunswick, N.J.; vice president Ben Yi, English ministry pastor of New Song Church in Carrollton, Texas; and secretary/treasurer Alvin Jay Camota, pastor of International Christian Fellowship in Suffern, N.Y.
 
While the second generation group will work cooperatively with the NAA Fellowship, the younger group also will function as a separate fellowship, holding its own events.
 
About 1,900 Asian American congregations in the U.S. are Southern Baptist, including Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Laotian and Vietnamese churches.
 
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Diana Chandler is Baptist Press’ general assignment writer/editor.)
 

4/25/2017 9:30:07 AM by Diana Chandler, Baptist Press | with 0 comments



LifeWay to offer free breakfast, workshops at SBC

April 25 2017 by Carol Pipes, LifeWay

Southern Baptists will learn more about the newly revised Christian Standard Bible (CSB) translation at the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix June 13-14.


LifeWay Christian Resources will host a free breakfast focusing on “Discipleship through the Word.”
 
LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer, Michael Kelley, director of discipleship, and Daniel Im, director of church multiplication, will address the essential role of Bible engagement in the process of discipleship. Christian music artists Keith and Kristyn Getty will lead a time of worship during the event.
 
The free breakfast will be held Tuesday, June 13 at 7 a.m. in North Hall A (Level 300) of the Phoenix Convention Center. Doors open at 6:30 a.m. Attendees will receive free resources worth more than $70, including a copy of the new CSB Study Bible and a LifeWay gift card. Because seating is limited, advance reservations can be made at LifeWay.com/SBCbreakfast.
 
LifeWay Films will screen a new feature film Tuesday evening also in Hall A following the SBC evening session. The film selected will be announced closer to the meeting.
 
The SBC exhibit hall will feature the LifeWay Christian Store offering a wide selection of books, Bibles, small group study resources and other Christian products. Book signings by bestselling authors will be held in the store throughout the convention.
 
LifeWay will also host training sessions for kids, students and adult discipleship ministries in its Church Resources booth. A schedule of sessions will be available in the LifeWay exhibit. A special story time for kids will be held in the B&H Publishing Group exhibit area.
 
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Carol Pipes is director of communications for LifeWay Christian Resources.)
 

4/25/2017 9:25:07 AM by Carol Pipes, LifeWay | with 0 comments



Seminaries’ alumni & friends to gather in Phoenix

April 25 2017 by SBC seminary communications staff

Alumni and friends of Southern Baptists’ six seminaries will gather Wednesday, June 14, in Phoenix to hear updates from the campuses and renew friendships with classmates and seminary faculty and staff.
 
The noontime luncheons will be held in conjunction with the June 13-14 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in the Phoenix Convention Center.
 
A list of the seminaries’ plans follows:
 
SOUTHWESTERN – Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s (SWBTS) national alumni and friends luncheon on June 14 will be in Room North 120D of the Phoenix Convention Center, following the SBC annual meeting’s morning session. SWBTS President Paige Patterson will present the seminary’s annual report and the 2017 distinguished alumnus awards to Rick Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.; and Al Jackson, pastor of Lakeview Baptist Church in Auburn, Ala. Tickets may be purchased for $20 per person online at swbts.edu/sbclunch or by calling 1-877-GO SWBTS (467-9287). Tickets will also be available during the SBC annual meeting at Southwestern’s booth in the exhibit hall.
 
SOUTHERN – The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary will welcome alumni and friends for its annual luncheon at noon on Wednesday, June 14, in Room West 301A of the Phoenix Convention Center, following the SBC annual meeting’s morning session. Attendees will hear what God is doing in and through Southern Seminary from President R. Albert Mohler Jr. Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase on Southern Seminary’s website at sbts.edu/sbc and at the seminary’s booth in the SBC exhibit hall.
 
SOUTHEASTERN – Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary will host its annual alumni and friends luncheon on June 14. Attendees will hear from alumni and students in the Southeastern family as they share about the rich diversity of the Kingdom of God and the global impact of the Great Commission church. Alumni and friends will gather in Room West 301D of the Phoenix Convention Center at noon for a time of worship through singing and hearing God’s word. Admission is $10 per person, and space is limited. Email mard@sebts.edu, call 919-761-2293, or visit sebts.edu/sbc17 for more information and to register.
 
NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s luncheon for alumni and friends will be held after the SBC annual meeting’s morning session Wednesday, June 14 in Room North 120A of the Phoenix Convention Center. NOBTS President Chuck Kelley will offer attendees a preview of the school’s 100th anniversary celebration which begins with a kick-off celebration in the fall. Kelley will update attendees on the previous year’s developments and activities. The distinguished alumni for 2017 will be named and national alumni officers will be elected. Tickets are $20 per person if purchased by midnight May 27 (the last day of online sales), $25 at the convention. To purchase a ticket before the convention, send a check payable to NOBTS to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Attn: Alumni Relations, 3939 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70126. Or, tickets are available online at nobts.edu/alumni. Tickets will not be mailed. All luncheon tickets may be picked up at the seminary’s booth in the Phoenix Convention Center exhibit hall during the SBC annual meeting. Tickets also may be purchased during the convention at the NOBTS exhibit.
 
MIDWESTERN – Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College will welcome alumni and friends to its annual luncheon in Room North 120B/C of the Phoenix Convention Center immediately following the SBC annual meeting’s morning session. President Jason Allen will report about what God is doing in and through Midwestern Seminary, including updates on the progress of the Mathena Student Center and the announcement of this year’s alumnus of the year. Learn more at mbts.edu/sbclunch. Early bird tickets are $20 purchased in advance online by May 28 or $25 purchased online or at the Midwestern Seminary booth.
 
GATEWAY – Gateway Seminary will host its annual alumni and friends luncheon after the morning session of the SBC annual meeting on Wednesday, June 14, in Room North 129A/B of the Phoenix Convention Center. President Jeff Iorg will report on the activities of the past year, including the opening of the new San Francisco campus and the transition and first year at the Los Angeles-Ontario campus. Additionally, the seminary’s distinguished alumni awards and the Graves Award will be presented. Tickets are $10 each. Seating is limited and can be reserved at eventbrite.com/e/sbc-alumni-and-friends-luncheon-tickets-32860175670.
 
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Compiled from reports by the communications offices of the SBC’s six seminaries.)
 

4/25/2017 9:16:22 AM by SBC seminary communications staff | with 0 comments



GuideStone: resources, wellness & retirement checkups at SBC

April 25 2017 by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone

GuideStone Financial Resources will make available its popular Wellness Center June 12-14 in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). But this year, rather than having participants move from one station to another, the Wellness Center will offer participants one-stop biometric readings.


Additionally, GuideStone staff will be available during all exhibit hall hours to meet with participants about their retirement plans or insurance coverages.
 
Messengers can visit the GuideStone Wellness Center in the exhibit hall to take advantage of the free services that are valued at $150. The wellness screening offers blood-based screenings for cholesterol and glucose. For best results, fast at least the previous 12 hours. Participants will receive a personalized report suitable to take to their family doctors.
 
Additionally, materials for Mission:Dignity Sunday can be ordered by visiting the GuideStone booth in the exhibit hall. Mission:Dignity Sunday is the fourth Sunday of each June on the SBC’s annual calendar – this year it falls on June 25 – though materials are undated and can be used throughout the year.
 
Mission:Dignity provides financial assistance to more than 1,800 retired Southern Baptist workers, ministers and their widows who are in critical financial need. Materials can be ordered in advance by visiting MDSunday.org. For more information on Mission:Dignity, visit MissionDignity.org.
 
While supplies last, free, advance copies of The Christmas Code: Daily Devotions Celebrating the Advent Season will be available. The 68-page devotional is designed to guide readers from December 1–25. The new book, along with The Believer’s Code: 365 Devotions to Unlock the Blessings of God’s Word, both by GuideStone President and CEO O.S. Hawkins, debut October 24 in bookstores and online. All author proceeds from sales of the books benefit Mission:Dignity.
 
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Roy Hayhurst is director of denominational and public relations services for GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.)
 

4/25/2017 9:12:43 AM by Roy Hayhurst, GuideStone | with 0 comments



WMU explores ‘defining moments’ at Missions Celebration

April 25 2017 by Julie Walters, WMU

Those who attend will be encouraged to identify defining moments that affect and inspire their missional journey during the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting, June 11-12, in Phoenix.


Defining Moments will be a consistent theme of featured missionary speakers, including Kelly and Brandi Parrish, church planters serving with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) in Denver; Jacob and Jessica Dahl, church planters serving with NAMB in Washington; and Ross and Dena Frierson, International Mission Board (IMB). Focused times of prayer will be led by Carlos Ferrer, executive vice president and chief financial officer NAMB; Edgar Aponte, vice president of mobilization for the IMB; and Ken Weathersby, vice president for convention advancement for the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee.
 
Onsite registration opens at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 11, with conference options beginning at 3 p.m., including 10 speed conferences that run 20 minutes each in length. A reception to greet Sandy Wisdom-Martin, the new executive director of national WMU, will be held from 4:45-6 p.m. prior to the first general session at 7 p.m. A special celebration of the 20th anniversary of lives being transformed through Christian Women’s Job Corps, a ministry of WMU, will be part of the evening session.
 
On Monday, general sessions will be at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. In addition, 14 conferences will be offered during breakout sessions from 11 a.m.-noon and 4-5 p.m. Topics range from strategic prayer to working across generations to ways to create community among volunteers, in addition to conferences led by NAMB and IMB missionaries.
 
At 6:30 p.m. on Monday, there will be a special pre-screening of Mully, a movie about Charles Mulli, a man born into poverty in Kenya. At age 6, he was abandoned by his parents as they left in search of a better life. He grew up begging on the streets and became a Christian as a teenager. When Mulli was 17, he walked more than 40 miles to Nairobi to seek employment.
 
He found work and met his future wife Esther. He became a wealthy entrepreneur and respected community leader, and the couple had eight children. In 1989, the Lord laid it on Mulli’s heart to help other children living in poverty in Africa. He sold all his property and businesses in order to provide street children in Africa with shelter, medical care, education and more. Since then Charles and Esther Mulli have taken guardianship of more than 12,000 abandoned children.
 
Following the movie, the Mullis will be available onsite for a question-and-answer session and to meet attendees.
 
The WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting will be at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel Ballroom at 100 N. 1st Street, just prior to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention, June 13-14.
 
Attendees are encouraged to bring supplies for hygiene kits that will be put together by children participating in SBC child care during the week. These kits will go to Arizona Baptist Children’s Services to bless the individuals and families it serves.
 
Visit wmu.com/phoenix for more information, including optional online registration, a complete schedule, and more.
 
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Julie Walters is WMU corporate communications team leader.)
 

4/25/2017 9:06:19 AM by Julie Walters, WMU | with 0 comments



SBC Phoenix: ‘Pray! For such a time as this’

April 24 2017 by Shawn Hendricks & David Roach, Baptist Press

As this year’s Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting approaches, SBC President Steve Gaines says fellow Baptists should anticipate emphases on prayer, evangelism and financial stewardship at the June 13-14 gathering in Phoenix, where the 2003 and 2011 annual meetings also were held.

Phoenix.gov photo
Phoenix Convention Center


This year’s annual meeting theme is “Pray! For such a time as this” based on Luke 18:1 and Esther 4:14. Gaines hopes that through a commitment “to fervent, frequent, faith-filled prayer,” the SBC will become “a catalyst for spiritual awakening and revival.”
 
“I believe Southern Baptists can be used of God to spark a mighty movement of prayer, evangelism and discipleship across our nation and around the world,” said Gaines, pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn. “If we will pray and abandon ourselves to the Lord, He will use us exponentially to take the gospel to people.”
 
In addition to several seasons of prayer, Gaines said, annual meeting highlights will include a personal evangelism emphasis June 13 led by California pastor and evangelist Greg Laurie and a June 14 panel discussion on financial stewardship.
 
Southern Baptists have held their annual meeting in Phoenix twice before, in 2003 and 2011.
 
Regarding stewardship, Gaines said Southern Baptist churches cannot give more to SBC missions and ministries than church members give through their local congregations.
 
“The solution for increased funding for world missions begins in the heart of every individual believer in Christ,” Gaines said. “Southern Baptists need to get our financial houses in order.”
 

Crossover Phoenix

This year’s Crossover evangelism efforts in Phoenix will center on a June 11 Harvest Crusade led by Laurie. Crusade organizers will work with volunteers to help local churches conduct door-to-door visitation across the city, engaging residents in gospel conversations and extending personal invitations to attend the Sunday night event.
 
Event coordinators with the North American Mission Board and Arizona Southern Baptist Convention are praying the crusade and other outreach efforts, which will lead up to the SBC annual meeting, will result in more than 5,000 decisions for Christ.
 
For information about volunteering at the Sunday crusade, visit harvestamerica.com/serve. For information about outreach opportunities on Friday and Saturday, visit harvestamerica.com/pre-events. For more information about Crossover and how you and your church can be involved, visit harvestamerica.com/crossover-events.
 

Proposals

Messengers gathering in Phoenix will consider a variety of recommendations during the annual meeting. See related stories that detail those approved by the SBC Executive Committee during its Sept. 19-20 meeting and its Feb. 20-21 meeting. Among the proposals:
 
– a recommendation that SBC Bylaw 18 be amended to grant one Executive Committee representative each to the Dakotas, Iowa, Minnesota-Wisconsin and Montana even though they currently have too few church members to apply for EC representation under the provisions of SBC Bylaw 30.
 
– a recommendation that the International Mission Board be permitted to adopt a fiscal year of Oct. 1-Sept. 30 and that the convention amend the SBC Business and Financial Plan to reflect the change.
 
– a recommendation that the convention approve a 2017-2018 Cooperative Program Allocation Budget of $192,000,000. The budget would maintain current CP allocations to all convention ministries. However, the formula for distributing any overage of gifts above the CP Allocation Budget would be amended to increase the IMB’s portion from 51 percent to 53.4 percent and decrease the SBC Operating Budget portion from 2.4 percent to 0 percent.
 

SBC app

Annual meeting attendees once again can stay updated by using the “SBC Annual Meetings” mobile application. The app will include a listing of speakers for the SBC Pastors’ Conference and SBC annual meeting as well as the daily program schedule, daily events, exhibitor listing, convention center maps, 2017 Book of Reports and more. Download the app on your mobile device by accessing the App Store, Google Play or by visiting app.core-apps.com/sbc_am2017.
 
Attendees can also follow on Twitter @SBCMeeting, @BaptistPress, @SBCLife, @sbccp and @SBCPastorsConf for the latest annual meeting updates. Many social media users will employ the hashtag “#sbc17” in their posts about the annual meeting.
 

Other highlights

– This year’s June 11-12 SBC Pastors’ Conference in Phoenix, with the theme “above every name,” is centered on 12 pastors of average-sized Southern Baptist churches preaching through the biblical book of Philippians. Pastors’ Conference President Dave Miller said the speaker selection process – which considered only pastors of churches with approximately 500 or fewer in average attendance – appeared to illustrate how many outstanding pastors lead average-sized churches.
 
“We had so many really good preachers [to choose from],” Miller said. “The hardest part was winnowing [some 140 nominees to speak] down. ... I think we ended up with about 40” favorites. Miller said he doesn’t expect attendees at this year’s sessions to recognize the names of all 12 conference preachers. But that’s OK, he said, because the preachers’ names aren’t the focus.
 
– The SBC annual meeting will feature a “Sending Celebration” as the International Mission Board celebrates missionaries, along with their church families. The Sending Celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, June 13, at 8:30 p.m. in the Phoenix Convention Center.
 
On Monday, June 12, the IMB will host a dinner prior to the final session of the Pastors’ Conference. The dinner will occur in the Phoenix Convention Center, Room West 301A/B/C, and tickets can be picked up at the IMB booth.
 
– The North American Mission Board will report opportunities for churches to engage locally and throughout North America in compassion ministries as well as church planting efforts. NAMB will highlight these opportunities at its Send Luncheon for pastors, Monday, June 12, at noon and as part of its presentation at the annual meeting Tuesday afternoon, June 13. Pastors and others can become involved in North American missions by visiting NAMB’s exhibit. “Send Hope” will be the theme for the Send Luncheon. Evangelist and pastor Greg Laurie will be featured at the event, which will take place in the Phoenix Convention Center, Level 300, Room West 301A/B/C. Attendees must register for a free ticket in advance at namb.net/sendluncheon.
 
– The CP Stage, with its focus on the Cooperative Program, will again be prominently located between the booths of the North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board. “We have redesigned the stage this year to reflect a family setting. Just like dads, moms and kids share their day with each other around the kitchen table, or in a warm, inviting family room, the CP Stage will be an intimate place for the SBC family to meet, share and encourage one another,” said Ashley Clayton, SBC Executive Committee vice president for Cooperative Program and stewardship. Programming will run Monday, June 12, through Wednesday, June 14.
 
– Authors and speakers Kelly Minter and Kay Warren will headline this year’s events for ministers’ wives in the North Ballroom of the Phoenix Convention Center. This year’s trio of women’s events – a Pastors’ Wives Conference, a Ministers’ Wives Luncheon and a Women’s Expo – are tied together with the theme “Brave” based on Proverbs 31:25.
 
The Pastors’ Wives Conference is a free event with no registration and will be held during the morning session of the Pastors’ Conference on Monday, June 12, from 8:45-11:45 a.m.
 
The annual Ministers’ Wives Luncheon, open to all wives of ministers, pastors, staff members, chaplains, missionaries and denominational workers, will be held Tuesday, June 13, at noon. Luncheon tickets cost $15/person and can be purchased online at lifeway.com/Event/womens-event-sbc-ministers-wives-luncheon-2017. Learn more at sbcwives.com.
 
– GuideStone will once again make available its popular Wellness Center June 12–14. But this year, rather than having participants move from one station to another, the Wellness Center will offer participants one-stop biometric readings.
 
Additionally, GuideStone staff will be available during all exhibit hall hours to meet with participants about their retirement plans or insurance coverages.
 

Registration

Register online at sbcannualmeeting.net/sbc17 under the Messengers/Guests tab. NOTE: messengers, exhibitors and guests need to be registered and properly badged for entrance into the general sessions June 13-14.
 
After completing online registration, each individual will receive an eight-digit registration code to present at the annual meeting’s express registration lane. There, the registration code can be entered into a computer and a nametag will be printed.
 

Resolutions

Messengers planning to propose resolutions must submit them no later than 15 days prior to the annual meeting. Detailed guidelines on submitting resolutions are available at sbcannualmeeting.net/sbc17 under the Messengers/Guests tab. Resolutions may be submitted online but must be followed up by a letter of credentials from the submitter’s church.
 

Parliamentarian team returns

Last year’s annual meeting featured a newly recruited team of parliamentarians, brought together by then-president Ronnie Floyd. The four-person advisory group is returning for 2017, according to Chief Parliamentarian Barry McCarty.
 
The group consists of McCarty, professor of preaching and rhetoric at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Craig Culbreth, lead catalyst for mission and ministry with the Florida Baptist Convention; Adam Greenway, dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary: and Amy Whitfield, the SBC’s first female parliamentarian, who serves as director of communications for Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The group’s task is to advise the deliberative body’s chairman – sitting SBC President Steve Gaines – on procedural matters as Gaines moderates the convention business meeting. Parliamentarians are also available to church messengers for questions and help with crafting motions, resolutions and other procedural questions.
 

Children & students

Registration is open for preschool childcare, Giant Cow Children’s Ministries, Children in Action Missions Camp and Youth on Mission in conjunction with the annual meeting.
 
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief childcare volunteers will care for preschoolers; Giant Cow Children’s Ministries will lead the 5- to 12-year-olds; and Woman’s Missionary Union will guide Youth on Mission curricula and activities.
 
All activities for children and youth will be housed at the Phoenix Convention Center, the annual meeting site. Youth who have completed grades 7-12 will begin their days at the convention center with worship before going into the community for hands-on mission projects.
 
Pre-registration is required and is available online at sbcannualmeeting.net/sbc17 under the “children/youth” tab, with a deadline of May 5 or whenever the space limitation of 120 children is reached. Registrations will not be taken on site.
 

Diamondbacks baseball

Discounted tickets are available for Southern Baptists to attend daily Arizona Diamondbacks baseball games June 6-11 at Chase Field. Tickets, which range from $5-$30, may be purchased at Dbacks.com/sbc2017.
 
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Compiled by Baptist Press editor Shawn Hendricks and David Roach, chief national correspondent for BP.)



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4/24/2017 10:41:59 AM by Shawn Hendricks & David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments



AVANCE 2017 to hear IMB’s Edgar Aponte

April 24 2017 by Art Toalston, Baptist Press

Mobilization will be the focus of the Hispanic Advance ChallengeAVANCE 2017 – on Monday, June 12, prior to the Southern Baptist Convention’s (SBC) annual meeting in Phoenix.

Edgar Aponte


Presenting the evening’s challenge will be Edgar Aponte, International Mission Board vice president for mobilization. A three-member panel of church leaders seasoned in mobilization also will address Hispanic pastors and leaders at the 7 p.m. gathering in Room 106C of the Phoenix Convention Center.
 
The panel will discuss “how they have effectively mobilized everyday believers to reach our communities and the world,” said Bob Sena, Hispanic relations consultant with the SBC’s Executive Committee.
 
Also on June 12, the National Hispanic Fellowship of the SBC will hold a meeting to refocus as an organization, executive director Robert Lopez told Baptist Press. The fellowship’s meeting will be from 9-11 a.m. in a location to be announced.
 
AVANCE 2017 will mark Aponte’s first address to the annual Hispanic session. Prior to joining the IMB’s staff in 2016, the Dominican Republic native served as director of Hispanic leadership development and visiting professor of theology and Hispanic leadership at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Previously, Aponte was an embassy staff member in Washington, D.C., for his home country, coordinating relations with the U.S. Departments of State, Defense and Labor and with Congress.
 
Aponte holds a Ph.D. in theological studies from Southeastern and a master’s degree in Christian ministry from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary along with graduate degrees in corporate finance, business administration and management.
 
Featured in the panel on mobilization will be Fernando Mangieri, Ivan Ballines and Ivan Montenegro.
 
Mangieri is pastor of Iglesia Bautista Conexion in Chesterfied, Va., who has planted four churches in the state since 2009, including one in Richmond to reach the Mixtec people with ancestry in southern Mexico. The church is led by a Mixtec pastor who was a leader in Mangieri’s first church plant.
 
Ballines is a building contractor and member of Iglesia Bautista Emanuel in Aurora, Ill., who has led volunteer teams to reach South Asians in the Bronx and in Chicago and has partnered with the IMB to lead several pastors, including his own, on mission trips to South Asia, with one couple now serving there as part of the IMB’s Kairos program for Hispanic missionaries. Additionally, 10 churches in Illinois, Indiana, Virginia and Florida are now involved in outreach to the region.
 
Montenegro, pastor of Tabernáculo Bíblico Bautista in Lynden, Wash., and his wife have planted eight Hispanic and bilingual churches in the state since 2012 with support from the Northwest Baptist Convention and North American Mission Board. Montenegro also leads a Bible training center for a new generation of pastors and leaders from the U.S. and Canada. Tabernáculo Bíblico Bautista has been sending and supporting missionaries to Mexico, Central America, Uruguay and Canada.
 
AVANCE, as described by Sena, “provides a platform, experience and opportunity for pastors and leaders from different areas of the United States to connect, network and share effective ministry strategies.”
 
The gathering highlights “the contribution that the Hispanic church leadership and membership are making to the Southern Baptist Convention,” Sena said, and it models “a spirit of unity and mission” among Hispanic leaders in the SBC and state conventions toward “a unique opportunity to cast a vision and challenge for local and global missions to the Hispanic familia.”
 
Additionally, Sena said, the various recognitions accorded during AVANCE to small and large churches for their Cooperative Program giving and their involvement in mission activities “have served as a inspiration, motivation and mobilization to greater ministry.”
 
AVANCE 2017 was moved to June 12 in order to support the Harvest Crusade on Sunday, June 11, which is this year’s primary element of the Crossover evangelism initiative prior to each year’s SBC annual meeting. The Harvest Crusade will be led by California pastor-evangelist Greg Laurie at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
 
Hispanic pastors and leaders can register for a 5 p.m. dinner June 12 sponsored by the International Mission Board, with details to be posted at imb.org. An ice cream social will follow the AVANCE gathering.
 
Lopez, of the National Hispanic Fellowship, said the organization is “presently seeking to reinvent itself in order to more effectively serve and minister to the changing Southern Baptist Hispanic community.”
 
The fellowship was formed in 1995 as part of the language missions work of the SBC’s former Home Mission Board as “a platform to convene Hispanic pastors at major SBC events for fellowship and to inform them about Spanish-language resources. In addition, it provided a venue for networking,” said Lopez, lead pastor of Centro Christiano Vida in Ocala, Fla.
 
“2017 is a year of refocusing and strategies to gain ground that we have lost in recent years,” Lopez said, “and set new goals that will lead us to unity and the development of effective plans to reach the Hispanic community for Christ.”
 
In addition to Lopez, the fellowship’s officers are Walter Montalbo, president and pastor of Iglesia Bautista Peniel in South Richmond Hill, N.Y., and Elias Bracamonte, vice president and associate pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan.
 
Information about the fellowship can be accessed at facebook.com/ConfraternidadNacionalBautista.
 
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Art Toalston is senior editor of Baptist Press, news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.)


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4/24/2017 10:37:25 AM by Art Toalston, Baptist Press | with 0 comments



Pastors’ Conference to spotlight Philippians

April 24 2017 by David Roach, Baptist Press

Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference president Dave Miller doesn’t expect attendees of this year’s sessions to recognize the names of all 12 conference preachers.


But that’s OK, he said, because the preachers’ names aren’t the focus. With the theme “above every name,” the June 11-12 gathering is centered on 12 pastors of average-sized Southern Baptist churches preaching through the biblical book of Philippians to exalt Jesus’ name.
 
Miller, pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Sioux City, Iowa, said the preacher-selection process for the conference – which considered only pastors of churches with approximately 500 or fewer in average attendance – illustrated how many outstanding pastors lead average-sized churches.
 
“We had so many really good preachers that we could have selected from,” Miller said. “The hardest part was winnowing [some 140 nominees to speak] down ... I think we ended up with about 40” favorites.
 
Aided in their preparation by support from the Caskey Center for Church Excellence at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a February colloquium at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the 12 speakers will preach sequentially through Philippians, covering every verse of the book’s four chapters over two days.
 
The Caskey Center – the Pastors’ Conference’s “major partner” this year according to the conference website – will present research at each session on various facets of church life and ministry.
 
Along with preaching, the Pastors’ Conference will feature worship and prayer to undergird the ministry of pastors and their wives. The sessions at the Phoenix Convention Center will be held prior to the Southern Baptist Convention’s June 13-14 annual meeting there.
 
Miller’s advice for conference attendees is to “read and look through the book of Philippians” in advance because the meeting “is all about the text” of scripture.
 
Speakers for Sunday evening (June 11, 6-9 p.m.) at the Pastors’ Conference will include David Choi, pastor of Church of the Beloved in Chicago; John Onwuchekwa, pastor of Cornerstone Church in Atlanta; and Chris Davis, pastor of Groveton Baptist Church in Alexandria, Va.
 
Monday morning (June 12, 9-11:45 a.m.) will feature messages from Jimmy Meek, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in El Dorado, Ark.; Nathan Rose, pastor of Liberty (Mo.) Baptist Church; and Ryan Rice, pastor of Life Church in New Orleans.
 
Monday afternoon (1:30-4:30 p.m.) speakers will include Jamar Andrews, pastor of Word Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Ark.; Jose Abella, pastor of Providence Road Baptist Church in Miami; and Spencer Plumlee, pastor of Riverview Baptist Church in Osage Beach, Mo.
 
Monday evening (6-9 p.m.) speakers will include Michael Allen, pastor of Uptown Baptist Church in Chicago; Bart Barber, pastor of First Baptist Church in Farmersville, Texas; and Shane Hall, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.
 
The ethnically diverse lineup of speakers features six Anglos, three African Americans, one Jamaican American, a Cuban American and an Asian American.
 
Each session will also include a “common ground testimony” by a pastor of a larger church. Sunday evening’s testimony will be offered by Fred Luter of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans; Monday morning’s by J.D. Greear of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Monday afternoon’s by Johnny Hunt of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga.; and Monday evening’s by Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn.
 
The Pastors’ Conference offering will go to Mission:Dignity, a ministry of GuideStone Financial Resources to supplement the incomes of retired pastors and their widows.
 
This year’s leadership team – which includes Paul Smith, pastor of First Baptist Church in Chandler, Ariz., as vice president and Toby Frost, pastor of South Main Street Baptist Church in Greenwood, S.C., as treasurer – hopes pastors from congregations of all sizes will draw encouragement from one another at the conference.
 
Miller expressed gratitude to a team of approximately 10 friends who have come alongside Pastors’ Conference officers to plan the gathering. Members of the volunteer team “have really stepped up,” Miller said.
 
The Pastors’ Conference is free and requires no registration. To learn more about this year’s schedule, sponsors and theme, visit sbcpc.net. You can also access information about the conference on Facebook and Twitter.
 
Childcare for children ages birth through 12 years will be offered during all Pastors’ Conference sessions. Children ages 4-12 may register for a conference provided by Children’s Conferences International. Register at childrensconferences.com.
 
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief child care volunteers will offer childcare for newborns through age 5 during the Pastors’ Conference.
 
(EDITOR’S NOTE – David Roach is chief national correspondent for Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention’s news service.)


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4/24/2017 10:36:48 AM by David Roach, Baptist Press | with 0 comments



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