November is still five months away, but N.C. Baptists can begin making plans to attend this year’s annual meeting of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina (BSC) via the recently launched event website.
The website, ncannualmeeting.org, officially launched June 1 and includes registration and hotel information, as well as the event schedule, speaker information and more. Additional information will be added to the site up to beginning of the meeting, which is scheduled for Nov. 14-15 at the Joseph H. Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.
Attendees at this year’s annual meeting will be challenged and encouraged to impact their world for Christ.
The event theme is “Impact: Compelling the Lost to Come to Life,” taken from Luke 14:23, “Then the master said to the the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.’”
The meeting features worship, ministry reports, exhibits, business sessions, breakout sessions, and resources for churches, pastors and church members.
All sessions are free and open to messengers and guests. Registration is required for messengers from N.C. Baptist churches who will be voting during the business sessions.
David Platt, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board (IMB) will deliver the annual convention sermon during the special worship service scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Platt has served as president of the IMB since August 2014 and previously served as senior pastor at The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala. He has authored several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me and Counter Culture.
In addition to Platt, BSC President Timmy D. Blair Sr., pastor of Piney Grove Chapel Baptist Church in Angier, will deliver the annual president’s address on Monday, Nov. 14 at 8 p.m.
Milton A. Hollifield Jr., the BSC’s executive director-treasurer, will give an update on the convention’s strategy of “impacting lostness through disciple-making” during a business session at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15.
During the meeting, messengers will also elect a new BSC president, adopt a budget for 2017 and conduct other convention business.
Once again in 2016, N.C. Baptists are invited to join in a 30-day prayer emphasis in October during the month leading up to annual meeting. A devotional guide and other prayer resources will be available at ncannualmeeting.org later this fall.
Individuals may sign-up to receive daily prayer prompts during the month of October by texting ImpactNC to 313131. Prayer prompts are also available in Spanish by texting ImpactarNC to 313131.
Also, for the third consecutive year, the N.C. Pastor’s Conference will also be held at the Koury Convention Center prior to the annual meeting on Sunday and Monday, Nov. 13-14. The pastor’s conference is free and registration is not required. More information on the pastor’s conference is available on the “events” tab of ncannualmeeting.org