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Crossover Baltimore to mark 25 years of evangelistic outreachcomment (0)

May 22, 2014

Crossover Baltimore to mark 25 years of evangelistic outreach

For the past 25 years, Southern Baptists have begun each annual meeting by celebrating hundreds — sometimes thousands — of new souls won for Christ. 

This celebration is the result of Crossover, the evangelistic outreach initiative preceding the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). 

Baltimore, the host city for NAMB

Each year the North American Mission Board (NAMB) partners with state conventions, associations and local churches to saturate the host city of the annual meeting with evangelistic events — this year in Baltimore, Md. Volunteers from across the country arrive in the city a few days prior to the annual convention to participate alongside local church members.

Bob Mackey, executive director of Baltimore Baptist Association, said, “Our churches are excited about the unique opportunity to share Christ with our city that Crossover will bring. 

Outreach in a lost community

“Baltimore is not like a lot of other places in the country,” Mackey said. “We’re not in a predominantly Christian region of the country; we don’t have a church on every corner or throngs of people actively seeking out Christianity. Our hope is that, through the partnership of others in the SBC, Crossover will represent Christ to the people of Baltimore and our region and lay a greater foundation for our local churches.”

The outreach — with its block parties and door-to-door evangelism efforts — will directly benefit local church plants in the city.

Since 1989, NAMB has reported more than 30,000 professions of faith in Jesus Christ as a direct result of Crossover activities. Thousands more have been put in contact with local Southern Baptist churches. (BP)

Related meetings scheduled in conjunction with SBC in Baltimore

The National African American Fellowship will celebrate its 20th anniversary June 7–9 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The fellowship is working to establish a partnership with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) to plant churches. It would focus on utilizing models that are culturally relevant and raising money to fund church plants.

  • Hispanic pastors and church leaders are invited to the National Hispanic SBC Conference on June 8, starting at 5 p.m. in Room 337 and 338. A NAMB workshop, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. in Room 344, will focus on “Mobilizing the Hispanic Church.”
  • During its fourth annual Send North America luncheon, NAMB will once again highlight its partnership with Southern Baptists to push back lostness throughout North America. The event will be held June 9, at noon, in the Ballroom on Level 400 of the Baltimore Convention Center. Tickets are complimentary but must be reserved in advance. They are available at snaluncheon.com. 
  • NAMB will host all Southern Baptist Convention chaplains at a reception June 9, 3–5 p.m., in Rooms 340 and 341. To register for the event, email Keith Travis at ktravis@namb.net.
  • The Ministers’ Wives Luncheon will be held June 10 in the Key Ballroom at the Hilton Baltimore. The event will feature author Priscilla Shirer. Purchase advance tickets at LifeWay.com/sbcwives or pay at the door.
  • A Samford University Alumni Reception will be June 11, 2 p.m., in Room 341, Level 300 of the Baltimore Convention Center.
  • A free LoveLoud breakfast will be June 11 at 7 a.m. in Rooms 307 and 308. A panel will explore issues related to mental and emotional health and the Church’s responsibility to minister to individuals and families experiencing these struggles. To register, email Heather Aldrich at haldrich@namb.net.
  • A NAMB-sponsored lunch honoring bivocational pastors and their wives will be June 11, 11:30 a.m., in Room 309. (BP, TAB)


For more information, visit www.embracebaltimore.com/crossover/ or contact Cindy Irizarry at cindycrossoverbaltimore2014@gmail.com or 443-219-2543. 

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