“Return to Me” is the theme for the 2017 Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) Annual Meeting, which will include a special emphasis on prayer for revival and spiritual awakening.
The annual meeting is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 6-7, at the Joseph H. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. The concluding Tuesday evening session will be devoted to a time of prayer and worship, titled “Broken Before the Throne: A Prayer Gathering.”
This year’s theme is based on Zechariah 1:3, the latter portion of which says, “‘Return to Me’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord of hosts” (NKJV).
“Returning to the Lord starts with prayer,” said Chip Hannah, pastor of Peace Baptist Church in Whiteville and chairman of the BSC Committee on Convention Meetings, which gives prayerful consideration to developing each year’s annual meeting theme and works with convention staff to plan the event schedule. “From day one, our committee came together in one heartbeat around this idea of ‘Return to Me.’
“The focus on returning to God goes hand-in-hand with prayer, and the first step in returning to God is through prayer. The overwhelming majority of our committee were all in one accord that this is the direction we needed to go.”
The “Broken Before the Throne” prayer gathering will be held Nov. 7 beginning at 6:30 p.m., and will include worship, testimonies and times of focused prayer around calls to repent, return, restore and refresh.
N.C. Baptists are also invited to join in a 30-day prayer emphasis throughout October in the month leading up to annual meeting. Chris Schofield, director of the BSC Office of Prayer for Revival and Spiritual Awakening, is developing a devotional prayer guide to correspond with the October prayer emphasis that will be available by early fall.
Schofield is also calling on N.C. Baptists and messengers to the annual meeting to devote Sunday, Nov. 5, as a day of fasting and prayer.
Hannah encouraged all N.C. Baptists to attend the annual meeting and seek the Lord in prayer leading up to the event.
“Returning to God through prayer is the first step to impact lostness and for discipleship to take place,” Hannah said. “Prayer is what gives us power, and it ultimately affects every aspect of our spiritual lives.
“It’s our prayer that as many messengers and guests from all across the state will attend this year’s annual meeting and prayer gathering in Greensboro. We pray that this prayer gathering will start a move of God that attendees will take back to their local churches that will have an overwhelming effect in their communities and beyond.”
The annual meeting will also include ministry reports, business sessions, breakout sessions, exhibits and resources for churches, pastors and church members.
All sessions of the annual meeting are open to messengers from N.C. Baptist churches, as well as guests. On-site registration is required for messengers from churches who will be voting during business sessions.
Additional details about the annual meeting, including the event schedule, hotel and travel information, is available at ncannualmeeting.org.
The website will be updated with additional information such as breakout session descriptions, potential resolutions and business items, and more leading up to the event.