The Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference just began in Columbus, Ohio, to be followed by the SBC Annual Meeting June 16-17. The Illinois Baptist staff is in Columbus to cover the meeting, so check back here often for news, and stay up-to-date at Facebook.com/IllinoisBaptist or Twitter.com/IllinoisBaptist.
A few things to look for during this week’s meetings:
1. Focus on prayer. SBC President Ronnie Floyd has made the last year all about praying together in an extraordinary way. The schedule for this year’s meeting was revamped to make room for Tuesday evening’s SBC-wide Call to Prayer, beginning at 6:30. Watch it live at sbcannualmeeting.net, or on the Daystar Television Network.
2. Young leaders in Columbus. Over the last several years, the annual meeting has seen an uptick in young attenders. At least one piece of early anecdotal evidence shows the trend continues this year: Lots of blue jeans. Look for updates this week from meetings popular with young Baptists, like the annual Baptist21 panel discussion, and 9Marks-sponsored gatherings following the Monday and Tuesday evening sessions.
3. Baptists still do Baptist things. They reunite with old friends outside the convention hall. Sip coffee at Starbucks (we haven’t found it yet, but there’s almost certainly one in the building.) And they celebrate missions and evangelism. The Wednesday morning business session concludes with a commissioning service of International and North American Mission Board missionaries.
We’re excited to be in Columbus! Thank you for “being here” with us!