Pastors aspire to join God’s activity
Baptist Press
May 02, 2011

Pastors aspire to join God’s activity

Pastors aspire to join God’s activity
Baptist Press
May 02, 2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A diverse lineup of speakers and a focus

on God’s Kingdom will amplify the theme of the 2011 SBC

Pastors’ Conference: “Aspire: Yearning to join God’s kingdom activity.”

The June 12-13 gathering, held in Phoenix prior to the

Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in the Phoenix Convention Center, is

intended to help pastors see “the big picture of what God is doing in the

world” and rise above preoccupations with temporary issues, said Pastors’

Conference President Vance Pitman, church planter and lead pastor of Hope

Baptist Church in Las Vegas.

Pitman said he is praying 1,000 churches will commit

themselves during the conference to plant churches in “pioneer areas” of North

America. Also, part of the annual offering taken during the gathering will be

used to finish translating the “JESUS” film into the language of an unreached

people group in the Arabian Peninsula.

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This year’s 2011 Southern Baptist Convention will be at the Phoenix Convention Center. Most of the meetings will be at this facility or nearby.

The remainder of the offering will be used to conduct

pastors’ conferences on two continents that will use national leadership to

assist church leaders in about 20 countries, Pitman said.

The conference website, www.sbcpc.net, lists the event’s

speakers as including Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.;

Ken Whitten of Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa, Fla.; Afshin Ziafat of

Providence Church in Frisco, Texas; Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in Atlanta;

Bob Roberts of Northwood Church in Keller, Texas; Peter Ndhlovu of Bible Gospel

Church in Africa in Lusaka, Zambia; Paul Gotthardt of Life Baptist Church in

Las Vegas; Darrin Patrick of The Journey Church in St. Louis; Gregg Matte of First

Baptist Church in Houston; evangelist Bob

Pitman of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; and Johnny Hunt of First

Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga.

“If you look at every one of these guys, their theology and methodology has not

become an obstacle for them in engaging the nations with the gospel,” Pitman

said. “Every one of them is engaged in multiplying the church and working among

the nations, recognizing that is the big picture of what God is doing.”

Pastor’s wives conference

The annual Pastors’ Wives Conference will follow the same

theme of “Aspire” of the Pastors’ Conference, with Kay Warren as the keynote

speaker, wife of Pastor Rick Warren.

The conference will be held from 8:30-11:45 a.m. Monday, June 13, the North

Ballroom A/B of the Phoenix Convention Center. There is no cost for the event

and registration is not required. Women who serve in any area of local church

leadership, missions and denominational work are invited to join ministers’

wives in attendance.

Ministers’ wives lunch

Anne Wright, president of the 2011 SBC

Ministers’ Wives’ Luncheon, is using the theme “Influential Joy” for the

ministers’ wives’ luncheon.

The luncheon will begin at noon

Tuesday, June 14, in the North Ballroom A/B/C of the Phoenix

Convention Center. Lisa Harper from

the Women of Faith tour will speak, and Kim Hill, a Grammy-nominated and Dove

Award-winning artist, will sing. The luncheon is open to all wives of


Tickets may be purchased in advance for $15 through LifeWay

Women’s Events at www.lifeway.com or (800) 254-2022. At the door, the ticket

cost will be $20. Women who wish to serve as table hostesses may contact Sandy

Beetler of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church at [email protected] or (770)


NAMB — pastor’s conference lunch

Kevin Ezell, the mission board’s president, will explain his

“Send North America” vision during a Pastors’ Conference luncheon at noon June 13 in Room 120 C/D of the Phoenix

Convention Center. The luncheon for

pastors, church staff and other leaders also will feature Ed Stetzer of LifeWay

Christian Resources and worship leader Chris Mills. Seating is limited, and

tickets are available at www.namb.net/SNAluncheon for $7 each.


Ezell also will speak at the annual SBC

Chaplains’ Luncheon slated for June 13 from 11:30

a.m. to 1 p.m. in Room

124 of the convention center. Reservations are required.

This year’s chaplains’ luncheon will recognize Maj. Gen.

Douglas Carver, who is retiring this year as U.S. Army Chief of Chaplains.

Directors of mission

Directors of mission are invited to worship at 11 a.m. June 12 at North

Phoenix Baptist Church

followed by a lunch with O.S. Hawkins of GuideStone Financial Resources. There

will be morning breakout sessions June 13 followed by times with Ezell and


Coffee and fellowship time starts the day at 9 and there

will be a luncheon for new DOMs at 11:45.

To register, visit www.sbcadom.net and complete the registration form.

Woman’s Missionary Union

“Proclaim!” will be theme drawn from Luke 4:18—19 for speakers, breakout conferences and

music during the WMU Missions Celebration and Annual Meeting, June 12—13 in Phoenix.

Ginger Smith, executive director of the Mission Centers of Houston

(Texas), will be the keynote


There will be three general sessions: Sunday, June 12, at 7 p.m.; and Monday, June 13, at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

A special missions feature facilitated by Gordon Fort, vice president for

overseas operations with the International Mission Board, is slated on Monday

at 11 a.m. Breakout sessions will be offered on Sunday from 2:30—5 p.m. and on

Monday from 2-4:30 p.m. Debby Akerman, president of national WMU, will give her

presidential address during the Monday morning session. Tangena Mishler will

lead in worship along with pianist Nancy Grainger.

This year’s celebration will be in the Grand Ballroom of the Wyndham Phoenix

Downtown Hotel, two blocks from the Phoenix

Convention Center.

Participants are encouraged to bring school supplies to help

with an ongoing ministry at Seyenna Vistas, a 67-acre mobile home and RV park

in Phoenix with more than 100 children in grades 1—6.

There is no charge to attend and no preregistration is

required. Onsite registration opens on Sunday at 2 p.m. Visit www.wmu.com for

more information.


Messengers to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist

Convention are invited to a Sunday morning worship service sponsored by the

Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists (COSBE) June 12 at 9 a.m. in the Valley of the Sun Ballroom at the

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

Speakers include Harold Hunter, president of Trinity

College of the Bible and

Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Ind.;

Brian Fossett, a former COSBE president; and Eric Fuller, a young evangelist.

The theme is “Ageless Urgency.”

After the worship service, COSBE members will enjoy a

fellowship meal and mini-retreat at 12:30 p.m.

followed by a COSBE business meeting from 3-5


Seminary lunches

The six Southern Baptist seminaries will hold their annual

alumni luncheons on Wednesday June 15 during the SBC

annual meeting.

Golden Gate Seminary — 12:15

p.m.; $10 per person; Phoenix

Convention Center

North Building,

Rooms 227 A/B/C on Level 200. Call (888) 442-8709 or email [email protected].

Midwestern Seminary — Noon;

$15 per person; Phoenix Convention

Center’s North

Building, Rooms 124 A & B,

Street Level. Call (816) 414-3720 or email [email protected],

and include complete names of all attendees and your cell phone and email

address. Reservations are due before June 9.

New Orleans Seminary — $20 per person if purchased by May 31

($25 afterward); Phoenix

Convention Center’s North Ballroom (Room 120A, North

Building). Send a check payable to

NOBTS to New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Attention Alumni Relations,

3939 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA

70126 or purchase online at www.nobts.edu.

Southeastern Seminary — Noon;

$25 per person; rooms 129A and 129B in the North

Building of the Phoenix

Convention Center; visit http://sebts.edu/alumni/events/default.aspx.

Southern Seminary — 12:30 p.m.; $20 per person; Phoenix

Convention Center’s North Building, Room 120D, Level 100; call (502) 897-4142

or by e-mail Retta Draper at [email protected].

Southwestern Seminary — Noon; $20 per person; Phoenix

Convention Center’s North Ballroom, Room 120 on Level 100; visit www.swbts.edu/sbclunch

or call (877) GO SWBTS (467-9287).


The National African American Fellowship’s annual banquet is

6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, in Room

129 A/B, Level 100, at the Phoenix Convention


The Sunday worship service is slated 6:30 p.m. June 12 at Canaan

Missionary Baptist

Church, 931

S. Stapley Drive in Mesa.

The annual NAAF business meeting, including the election of officers,

will be at 4 p.m. Monday in Room 230,

Level 200, of the convention center.

Dixon, NAAF’s

president, said the business session will include a discussion of the four new

strategies NAAF is embracing.

Black network

The Black Southern Baptist Denominational Servants Network’s

annual meeting will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at Canaan Missionary Baptist

Church in Mesa, Ariz., 931 S. Stapley Drive in Mesa, a Phoenix suburb about 20

miles east of the Phoenix Convention Center, site of the 2011 SBC

annual meeting.

On Saturday, June 11, the network will host 80 or more

church leaders for an 8 a.m.

“Recharging Your Sunday School” seminar at Canaan to be

led by Elgia “Jay” Wells, Charles Grant and Curtis, all from LifeWay.


The Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America

will meet Tuesday, June 14 for a luncheon and meeting from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

at North Phoenix

Baptist Church,

located at 5757 North Central Avenue,

in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix.

Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board, will be the

featured speaker.

To register for the meeting, email Manao at [email protected]

or call (610) 580-8635.

Native Americans

The Fellowship of Native American Christians (FoNAC),

scheduled to meet June 13 in Phoenix, will discuss the need for an executive

director and a regional liaison network with Indian churches in state

conventions, according to Emerson Falls, president of the Southern Baptist

ethnic fellowship. The FoNAC meeting, from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, June 13, will be in Room 226A of

the North Building

at the Phoenix Convention


Anyone with an interest in ministry with Native Americans is invited to attend.


The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship will meet June

10-11 in Phoenix for the task of

reaching Jews with the gospel. The fellowship’s annual meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, June 10, with praise and worship

and a welcome message from vice president Ric Worshill at CrossPoinTempe

Church at 1001 East Southern Ave.

in Tempe, Ariz.,

followed by an Oneg Shabbat meal. The church is 12 miles southeast of the Phoenix

Convention Center.

On Saturday, praise and worship will begin at 8:30 a.m., and Bruce Stokes, dean of the school

of behavioral sciences at California Baptist

University in Riverside,

will speak.

People who plan to attend the event should send an email to

[email protected] to assist the organizers in preparations.

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