By Sharon Mager, BCM/D Correspondent
The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is coming to Baltimore, Md., June 10-11, 2014. Is your church making plans to attend?
When SBC President Fred Luter, Jr., was asked why BCM/D churches should attend the SBC annual meeting, he responded:
“The churches of Maryland/Delaware should participate in the SBC meeting first of all to show the great hospitality of the churches in the area. Because the SBC is not normally in the Northeast area of the country, the churches of Maryland/Delaware can show the rest of the country what we have been missing out on for all these years.
“It will also be an opportunity to share the great work that the churches in that area are doing to impact the Kingdom of God.
“Finally, the churches of Maryland/Delaware should participate because of the wonderful fellowship that always happens when the Body of Christ called Southern Baptists come together!
“The annual SBC meeting is important because messengers from all of our churches will get an opportunity to see and hear about all the great things that our convention is doing across our country and the world.
“Each day messengers will hear reports from the Executive Committee, the North American Mission Board, International Mission Board, LifeWay Christian Resources, Woman’s Missionary Union, and all six of our seminaries. As a result of these reports, they will get to see first hand the impact our convention is making in carrying out the Great Commission of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and how our Cooperative Program contributions are being used. In addition to the reports, there will be times of inspiration through worship in music and the Gospel preached each day.”
More about the SBC
Now is a good time to let church members learn more about the SBC and its affiliated agencies. There are great downloadable resources you can share with others to explain who Southern Baptists are, what we believe, what we do and why we do it.
For a general overview, you can use www.sbc.net/PDF/MeetSouthernBaptists.pdf.
If you want to explain at a deeper level, including more information about the Cooperative Program, and a look at our entities and agencies, use www.sbc.net/PDF/ACloserLook.pdf
These can also be ordered in packets of 100 for $18. This is just 2 cents more than the SBC pays, thus covering shipping costs.
The SBC website, www.sbc.net, is full of helpful information. We’ll keep you up to date as the countdown to June begins.