2011 SBC: more missions, no night sessions
Baptist Press
January 28, 2011

2011 SBC: more missions, no night sessions

2011 SBC: more missions, no night sessions
Baptist Press
January 28, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Changes are in store for the 2011

Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting — including two missionary

appointment services, fewer business sessions and no night sessions — in hopes

that more people will participate, the chairman of the committee planning that

meeting announced Jan. 28.

Proposed changes include trimming the program to morning and afternoon business

sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 14-15, and scheduling missionary

appointment services for both of the convention’s two mission boards, said Will

Langford, pastor of Great Bridge Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Va., and the

chairman of the Committee on Order of Business.

The annual meeting will be in Phoenix at the Phoenix Convention Center.

“The Committee on the Order of Business has been working diligently with SBC

President Bryant Wright to make adjustments to the 2011 Annual SBC Convention

Program,” Langford said in a statement released to Baptist Press.

“Proposed changes include trimming down the number of program items so as to

better emphasize the Great Commission work of the SBC entities and

missionaries,” Langford said. “Changes to the program will consolidate the

meeting into four sessions that will be morning and afternoon sessions on both

Tuesday and Wednesday without unduly restricting seminary and other special

luncheon time. The evening sessions will be eliminated.”

The committee believes eliminating the evening sessions and trimming the

program items will enhance participation and free up time for messengers and

guests for fellowship, discussions and family, Langford said.

“Also, it is the desire of the committee that the International Mission Board

and the North American Mission Board will be able to include missionary

commissioning services as part of their reports, thereby enhancing the

experience of the missionary, the messenger, the mission entities, and lifting

up the Great Commission emphasis,” Langford said.

“By these changes we seek to promote greater attendance and participation in

our annual meeting, and in providing this general preview the hope that anyone

who has not yet made plans to attend might be encouraged by these new enhancements

to do so,” Langford noted. “These are high bars to hurdle, and we are still

working on details, but feel confident that when we announce the program on the

traditional date of May 1, the new format will be one that is well-received by

the vast majority of Southern Baptists.”

Other members of the SBC Committee on Order of Business are Emerson Falls,

pastor of Glorieta Baptist Church in Oklahoma City; Stan Buckley, pastor of

First Baptist Church in Jackson, Miss.; Rudy Yakym Jr., businessman from South

Bend, Ind.; John B. Hoychick, attorney from Rayville, La.; and William A.

(Andy) Chambers, vice president for student development at Missouri Baptist

University. SBC President Bryant Wright is an ex officio member of the

committee. Jason Breland, worship pastor of First Baptist North Mobile in

Saraland, Ala., is the music director for the annual meeting.

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