Baltimore to host upcoming 2014 SBC annual meeting June 10–11comment (0)
May 22, 2014
With a desire to keep the focus on the power of revival and prayer, Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Fred Luter Jr. expressed excitement about the 2014 SBC annual meeting June 10–11 in Baltimore, Md. Messengers also will elect a new president as Luter wraps up his second term.
Pointing to the annual meeting theme, “Restoration and Revival through Prayer,” Luter noted the return of a Tuesday evening revival service — similar in style to 2013’s — that has drawn positive feedback from participants.
“I wanted to again stay with the theme revival, but let’s undergird it with prayer,” said Luter, pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, La. “Last year in Houston ... it was phenomenally successful. It was standing room only. … All we had was music and preaching.”
Luter selected the theme verse Psalm 80:18–19: “Then we will not turn away from You; revive us, and we will call on Your name. Restore us, Yahweh, the God of Hosts; look on us with favor, and we will be saved.”
As the first-ever African American to lead the SBC when he was elected in 2012, Luter will give his last message to the convention as SBC president June 10. Luter also will address associational leaders June 6 at a banquet at the Inner Harbor Holiday Inn. Tickets are available at www.sbcal.org.
Also at the annual meeting, the SBC’s Executive Committee (EC) will consider a proposal June 9 to update the SBC constitution regarding qualifications for churches to send messengers to the annual meeting.
During its Feb. 17–18 meeting in Nashville, the EC decided to place the item on its June 9 agenda prior to the SBC annual meeting in Baltimore to allow Southern Baptists time to discuss the proposed change and provide feedback.
The committee’s deliberations, then, will determine whether the proposed revision will be presented to messengers during the annual meeting.
Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd was the only announced nominee for SBC president at press time.
Floyd has led Cross Church in northwest Arkansas — with campuses in Springdale, Rogers and Fayetteville — for 27 years.
Two other nominees for SBC offices have been announced:
For first vice president — former Alabama Baptist pastor Clint Pressley, pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C.
For second vice president — Hance Dilbeck, pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Other helpful information:
- To register online for the annual meeting, go to www.sbcannualmeeting.net and click on the Messengers tab. After completing online registration, each messenger will receive an eight-digit registration code to present onsite. There a nametag will be printed. The traditional registration method also will be available.
- 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 www.sbcannualmeeting.net under the Messengers tab.
- Preschool child care and activities for children who have completed grades 1–6 is available. Activities also are available for youth who have completed grades 7–12. Pre-registration is required online at www.sbcannualmeeting.net under the “Children/Youth” tab. Onsite registration will not be accepted.
Child care for children ages birth through 12 years also is available at the Pastors Conference.