Registration for messengers and local hotels has opened for the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) annual meeting at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Ohio’s capital city.
The June 16-17 sessions, to be led by SBC President Ronnie Floyd of Arkansas, will be themed “Great Awakening: Clear Agreement, Visible Union, Extraordinary Prayer.”
Registration for the Columbus meeting once again will offer an online opportunity for churches to register their messengers at sbcannualmeeting.net.
Through online registration at the website’s Messenger tab, each messenger will receive an eight-digit registration code to present at the annual meeting’s Express Registration lane in Columbus, preferably a printout of the church’s credential. The code will be entered into a computer at the SBC registration area and a nametag will be printed. The appropriate church-authorized representative must complete all online registrations.
Registration also is open for preschool childcare and children’s and youth programs in conjunction with the annual meeting.
Floyd, in preparing for the Columbus annual meeting, has said it will be “a national gathering of Southern Baptists to pray for the next great move of God in America and to reach the world for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Distinctive facets of the annual meeting will include:
a Tuesday evening session to be permeated by prayer, building on the convention’s Great Awakening theme.
a Wednesday morning “church and missionary sending celebration” of Southern Baptists’ work toward fulfilling the Great Commission – and a call to heighten their efforts even more to reach the nations for Christ.
a Wednesday afternoon panel discussion on “The Supreme Court and Same-Sex Marriage: Preparing Our Churches for the Future.”
Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, has released an ebook to provide spiritual preparation for the annual meeting. Titled Pleading with Southern Baptists To Humbly Come Together before God in Clear Agreement, Visible Union, and in Extraordinary Prayer for the Next Great Awakening and for the World to Be Reached for Christ, the ebook is available for free download at pray4awakening.com.
(EDITOR’S NOTE – Compiled by Art Toalston, editor of Baptist Press, the news service of the Southern Baptist Convention.)