It’s that time of the year again – the Annual Meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) is nearly two months away. This year, the meeting will take place June 14-15 in St. Louis, Mo., and I believe that it will once again be a wonderful time of prayer and fellowship as we work to make the name of the Lord Jesus known to the nations. I hope you will take this opportunity to represent your church and North Carolina Baptists as you participate in meetings and vote on decisions that will govern the work of our national convention.
Last year, the SBC Annual Meeting was a great time of joy and prayer as we experienced the obvious presence of God and prayed for a great awakening in our nation. Ronnie Floyd, president of the SBC, led us all in a time of earnest prayer for revival that I still reflect on.
I am confident that we will once again experience a work of God while we are in St. Louis. Continuing the momentum from last year’s meeting, the theme for 2016 will be, “Awaken America: Reach the World.” Pray that this theme will unite Southern Baptists in a movement to reach others with the gospel like never before.
We will elect a new president of our convention in June. Many of you have heard that a North Carolina pastor will be nominated. He is J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham.
The Summit Church is a church that is impacting lostness through disciple-making in unique ways. I appreciate Greear’s leadership in facilitating a disciple-making culture among the congregation he serves, the pastors he mentors across our state, the missionaries the Summit sends and the churches they plant. Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church near Memphis, Tenn., and David Crosby, pastor of First Baptist Church in New Orleans, will also be nominated as candidates for SBC president.
I hope to see you at the annual meeting in St. Louis, and I do pray that God will awaken His Church to another period of revival. With nearly 2.9 million people living in the city, St. Louis one of the largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. Pray for effective results in evangelistic events that will be conducted prior to and during the meeting.
Remember that it is our responsibility to pray not only for those who are lost in this nation, but also those living in other nations of the world. As we pray for the Lord to bring about an awakening, may we join together in a spirit of unity as the revival of God’s church begins in our hearts and continues to the next generation of Christ followers.
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