Cooperative Program to anchor exhibits at upcoming SBC annual meeting in Baltimorecomment (0)
June 5, 2014
The Cooperative Program (CP) exhibit at the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting in Baltimore, Md., will feature a diversity of speakers reflecting the multifaceted ministries the CP funds, said Ashley Clayton, SBC vice president for CP and stewardship development.
TED-like talks will be among the newest features of the CP exhibit and will cover such key issues as sex trafficking and ministry outside the Bible Belt.
“Daily personalities who will appear in these interviews on the CP stage will include pastors, denominational leaders and other voices from across the convention who are knowledgeable and passionate about the Cooperative Program,” Clayton said. “Messengers should find the schedule of programming at this display and visit as often as possible throughout their convention experience while in Baltimore.”
Speakers will reflect a wide range of SBC leaders, including elected leaders, entity heads, seminary presidents and pastors focusing on such topics as church revitalization, pastoring in urban settings, church planting, ethnic diversity, theological challenges, the Great Commission Resurgence and state conventions as well as issues affecting pastors’ wives.
“The CP platform and stage display in the exhibit hall is an attempt to elevate, above the floor noise all around us, the long-held SBC values of international missions, theological education, church planting, evangelism, collegiate ministry, disaster relief, church revitalization, moral advocacy and so much more,” Clayton said.
The CP booth reflects a partnership with and is positioned in the exhibit hall alongside the International Mission Board (IMB) and North American Mission Board (NAMB).
The SBC’s ethnic diversity also will be emphasized in the CP booth and in the nearby Many Faces exhibit, said Ken Weathersby, SBC vice president for convention advancement.
“The Many Faces exhibit at the annual meeting is a strategic forum to highlight the diversity in the SBC,” Weathersby said. “It is our hope and desire that the messengers would visit with the African American and ethnic leaders as they collaborate and network together to expand the kingdom of God.” A Many Faces reception will follow the Tuesday evening session of the annual meeting. The gathering will be held in Room 345 of the Baltimore Convention Center.
Reports of other entities’ and ministries’ plans for the exhibit hall during the SBC’s June 10–11 annual meeting are:
International Mission Board
The IMB exhibit will help visitors find what part they and their churches can play in “One Sacred Effort” to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. The exhibit will feature take-away cards and stickers identifying specific people groups and ministry projects that an individual or church can pray for, partner to reach and engage with the gospel.
Each take-away card will be grouped into providing Scripture resources, meeting human needs and sharing the gospel in the global marketplace through various careers. The exhibit also contains sections for global affinity groups.
IMB representatives also will show visitors the imb.org/one website, which is going live for the SBC meeting featuring the identified people groups and ministry needs.
North American Mission Board
Come meet some of the 32 Send North America city coordinators and regional mobilizers at the NAMB booth. NAMB representatives will help connect SBC participants with resources to help them engage their entire church families in the Send North America strategy.
NAMB leaders also will participate in a variety of Q-and-A sessions sponsored by the SBC Executive Committee at the CP exhibit.
LifeWay Christian Resources
Along with the traditional LifeWay store, other highlights are:
LifeWay Research’s interactive 9-foot robot will focus on the theme “Transformation,” drawing attention to its Transformational Discipleship research.
Ministry experts from the church resources division will introduce the expanded “Explore the Bible” small group curriculum.
A special story time for kids will be held daily at 2 p.m. in the B&H Publishing Group area featuring noted children’s authors reading their books. “VeggieTales” characters Bob and Larry will appear each afternoon at 2:15 in the LifeWay store.
Book signings are scheduled by numerous authors such as Ben Carson, David Platt, Gary Chapman, Tom Elliff and Jerry Vines.
Exhibits featuring LifeWay “OneSource” endorsed products and providers will inform individuals and churches of discount purchasing options.
GuideStone Financial Resources
GuideStone’s Wellness Center will offer free health checks on blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose. GuideStone representatives also will offer reviews of participants’ retirement accounts and answer questions about GuideStone’s life and health plans, property and casualty coverage, and other GuideStone services. Churches will be able to order materials for Mission:Dignity Sunday, highlighting GuideStone’s ministry to needy retired ministers and their widows.
GuideStone will offer several breakout sessions, including “Doctrines of Faith: Taking a Proactive Approach to Our Changing Culture,” in which a panel will discuss real-life situations churches need to know about for managing possible liability and risks. A free breakfast is included in this session at 8 a.m. Tuesday and 7:30 a.m. Wednesday; advanced registration is required at www.GuideStone.org/SBC14.
GuideStone’s Compensation Planning course will be offered at 9 a.m. on Tuesday and its Retirement Income Solutions seminar at 1 p.m. on Monday and 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Advanced registration is recommended at www.GuideStone.org/SBC14.
GuideStone also will make available a free copy of “Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook” (Volume 2), edited by GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins, to pastors/preachers. Quantities are limited.
Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
“Questions and Ethics,” a free book by Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) President Russell D. Moore, will be distributed at the entity’s booth.
Just days before the Supreme Court rules on the historic religious liberty case involving Hobby Lobby, join the ERLC for “Hobby Lobby and the Future of Religious Liberty,” a panel discussion featuring Moore, Rick Warren, David Platt and Sam Rodriguez, at 9 p.m. Monday, June 9, in the Baltimore Hilton’s Holiday Ballroom 4/5 & Corridor on Level 2. Slated Tuesday: “Questions & Ethics Live” with Moore and Matt Chandler at 5 p.m. fielding key theology, ministry and cultural questions in the Baltimore Hilton in the Holiday Ballroom 1/2/3 on Level 2. Space is limited for both events; go to erlc.com/sbc to register.
Baptist Global Response
“Immersed in Their Stories” will be the focus of the Baptist Global Response (BGR) exhibit. Visitors will get involved in the stories of five people who have been helped by Southern Baptist human needs work through BGR. The stories will focus on projects related to disaster relief/food distribution, rescue of young girls from trafficking, micro enterprise for refugees, livestock and clean water.
“BGR has almost 400 projects in over 50 countries each year that help people with the basics of life such as food, water and shelter. Come and discover ways you can get involved in these stories and hundreds of others just like them,” said Jeff Palmer, BGR executive director. For more information, visit www.gobgr.org.
Southern Baptist Foundation
Planning for eternity will be the focus of the foundation’s booth showcasing resources and services to facilitate giving, glorifying God and advancing His kingdom.
Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives
Governed by the Council of Seminary Presidents, the library and archives is the largest and most accessible collection of Baptist material in the world. The exhibit will feature historic photographs of Baptist life, events, churches, ministries and missions. In addition to information on the library and archives, the booth also will have brochures on church archives and information on a new website, baptistheritage.com.
Seminary Extension has been training volunteers, leaders, teachers and pastors for Southern Baptist churches since 1951. Following its original mandate from the SBC, Seminary Extension continues to offer opportunities for theological education and ministry training through independent study as well as group studies sponsored by churches, associations and state conventions. Individuals interested in this kind of training where they live and serve are invited to stop by the booth in the exhibit hall for information. Director Randal Williams and student services associate Carmen Ferreira will field questions about promoting Seminary Extension in your area.
Global Hunger Relief
The Global Hunger Relief booth will be staffed in part by Southern Baptist representatives who work hands-on with hunger relief efforts. The booth will focus particularly on relief efforts in Appalachia and among Syrian refugees. Also included in the promotion will be two new music videos from Drew Cline, former lead singer for NewSong and current worship pastor of Fellowship Bible Church, Little Rock, Ark.
Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
This year, Golden Gate will highlight its fully accredited and fully online master of divinity degree as well as the pending sale and relocation of its campus in Mill Valley, Calif. Themed “Biblical, Missional, Global,” the booth will tell the benefits of gospel-centered education offered at the seminary’s five urban campuses in northern and southern California, Arizona, the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Northwest.
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
A display of selected books from the Charles Spurgeon Library will be featured at Midwestern’s booth. Visitors can receive a free copy of “The Church Planting Survival Guide,” a new resource on church planting from the seminary. And they can enter to win an iPad Mini loaded with books by Spurgeon.
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
New Orleans will highlight its main campus programs, extension centers and fully online master’s degrees. Faculty members will discuss degree programs and current campus news with alumni and potential students. In keeping with tradition, the seminary will give away small bottles of Louisiana hot sauce.
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Visitors to Southeastern’s exhibit will have the opportunity to interact with Southeastern leaders, faculty and alumni about innovative seminary and college degree programs and strategic initiatives that aim to fulfill the Great Commission.
Admissions staff will be present to provide information and answer questions as well as distribute the most recent issue of Southeastern’s magazine honoring Daniel Akin’s 10 years as president. Convention participants also will have the opportunity to win books by faculty members in the areas of biblical studies, theology, philosophy, cultural engagement and missions.
“Missions for Life” will be the backdrop for learning about missions involvement opportunities for preschoolers, children, youth and adults at the national Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) exhibit. As WMU concludes a yearlong celebration of its 125th anniversary, churches are being encouraged to start new organizations through the 1–2–5 Challenge (begin one new organization with two new leaders and five new members).
Adjoining the WMU booth will be New Hope Publishers and WorldCrafts; all three divisions will conduct daily giveaways.
New Hope is partnering with WMU to tell the story of radical commitment to God’s mission and will feature the new 2014–15 WMU emphasis book by national WMU President Debby Akerman, “Secrets to Surrender: Living Wholeheartedly.” New Hope also is featuring the work of several SBC leaders including Taylor Field of Graffiti Ministries in New York City. Field will sign his books at the LifeWay store in the exhibit hall.
WorldCrafts, a fair-trade division of WMU, develops sustainable businesses among impoverished people around the world. For more information, visit www.worldcrafts.org.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Alumni of Southern Seminary’s Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry are invited to the seminary’s exhibit to receive a gift in celebration of the school’s 20th anniversary. Details about the anniversary celebration plans for the fall also will be available.
Throughout the annual meeting, the exhibit will have a variety of giveaways providing resources for pastors. Along with promotions and interaction opportunities with seminary personalities, the seminary also will distribute the latest issue of Southern Seminary Magazine. Themed around church revitalization, the magazine features articles by President R. Albert Mohler Jr., NAMB President Kevin Ezell, Billy Graham School dean Adam Greenway and Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources.
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Southwestern’s exhibit will reflect the seminary’s ongoing passion for preaching the Word and reaching the world. The booth will feature several seminary-produced videos highlighting successful students and Southwestern’s global impact.
Free books and resources will be distributed, and seminary representatives and faculty will be available to discuss the seminary’s programs and answer questions.
Information also will be available about Southwestern’s “LAUNCH” evangelism event at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Baltimore Convention Center (www.swbts.edu/launch).
To find out how your gifts through the CP are distributed in Alabama, the nation and the world, visit www.alsbom.org/ministries/cp/budget.
What is the Cooperative Program?
Since its inception in 1845, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has always had one mission — the Great Commission (Matt. 28:19–20). To fulfill its assigned part of this divine mandate, each SBC entity made special offering appeals to the churches. This method was referred to as the “societal” approach to missions and resulted in severe financial deficits, competition among entities, overlapping pledge campaigns and frequent emergency appeals that greatly hampered the expanding ministry opportunities God was giving Southern Baptists.
In 1925, a partnership of missions support for all state and national efforts was conceived — The Cooperative Program (CP). Since its launch, the effectiveness of the CP has been dependent upon individuals, churches, state conventions and SBC entities cooperating and working toward a common goal of sharing the gospel with every person on the planet.