DALLAS (BP) — Registration opens Feb. 1 for the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2018 annual meeting June 12-13 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
Registration will be available around the clock at www.sbcannualmeeting.net for messengers and invited guests. The annual meeting is a private religious gathering open to registered messengers, invited guests of messengers, program participants and approved exhibitors.
Through online messenger registration at the designated www.sbcannualmeeting.net tab, each messenger will receive an eight-digit registration code to present at the annual meeting’s Express Registration lane in Dallas. The code will be entered into a computer at the SBC registration area and a nametag will be printed. The appropriate church-authorized representative must complete all online messenger registrations.
SBC President Steve Gaines has urged Southern Baptists to attend.
“As we meet we will conduct business and hear from each of our entities, but most importantly we are going to come together to cry out to the Lord,” Gaines has said. “Our country needs a spiritual awakening, and if we humble ourselves, pray, seek His face and turn from our sins, God will hear us and will forgive our sin and heal our land.”
Each cooperating church that contributes to convention causes during the preceding fiscal year of the annual meeting qualifies for two messengers. The convention will recognize up to 10 additional messengers from a cooperating church under one of the following options:
— One additional messenger for each full percent of the church’s undesignated receipts which the church contributed during the fiscal year preceding through the Cooperative Program, and/or through the convention’s Executive Committee for convention causes, and/or to any convention entity.
— One additional messenger for each $6,000 the church contributes in the preceding year through the normative combination of the Cooperative Program, designated gifts through the Executive Committee for convention causes or to any SBC entity.
“Testify! Go. Stand. Speak” is this year’s theme, based on Acts 5:20. The meeting will not only cover business, Gaines has said, but will also provide spiritual edification.
“It is our prayer that Southern Baptists will be challenged [in Dallas] to boldly testify of the work that Christ has done for us,” Gaines said when the annual meeting logo was released in mid-January.
Hotel registration has been available since October and continues through May 14, online at sbcannualmeeting.net. While online housing reservations are preferred, housing may also be reserved by phone from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday toll-free at 800-967-8852.