Let's have a 'historic' convention
November 1 2001 by Jim Royston , BSC Executive Director-treasurer

Let's have a 'historic' convention | Friday, Nov 2, 2001

Friday, Nov 2, 2001

Let's have a 'historic' convention

By Jim Royston BSC Executive Director-treasurer It is probably somewhat pretentious to declare the upcoming Baptist State Convention a historic gathering before we have even assembled in Winston-Salem. There are several new and different events this year, however, that hold great promise for annual meetings to come. I applaud this year's convention program committee for their creativity and willingness to try something new. One major change is the elimination of the Tuesday afternoon general meeting in order to conduct six "break-out" sessions to be held in the coliseum-annex area. This change required placing convention business on Monday evening (we haven't done that before) as well as putting the elections on both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. The program committee keenly felt the need to expand our convention beyond business, reports and politics.

The six "break-out" sessions, scheduled 3 - 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, literally include something for everyone. One session is on the importance of prayer in evangelism - "Praying our Friends to Christ" - led by Marty Dupree of our mission growth evangelism staff. David Odom, head of Baptist Hospital's Center for Congregational Health, will discuss "Leading Change in Congregations." The popular FAITH Sunday School Evangelism strategy will be led by Rick Hughes of our state staff and Mike Smith, pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Kernersville.

Three other "break-out" sessions will deal directly with mission topics. "Operation Inasmuch," a one-day local church mission event for mobilizing church members in hands-on projects, will be led by David Crocker, pastor of Snyder Memorial Baptist Church in Fayetteville. Our Baptist Men's staff will lead a session on volunteer missions and the state WMU staff will conduct a missions fair, featuring 13 different mission ministries and events.

Another major change this year is utilizing the entire Tuesday evening session for a worship service - no reports, business, debates or votes. We will come together to worship through the "Experiencing God - the Musical" at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The session is open to the general public.

Hopefully, this year will begin a new era in what we do at - and why we come to - the Baptist State Convention.

Please pray for our annual meeting as we share our past accomplishments as well as present our hopes and dreams for the future. Let us make our convention theme - Mobilizing Baptists for Ministry: Proclaim the Gospel - more than a slogan or mere saying. Let us show the world our true concerns and commitments. Let us make this truly a "historic" convention.

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