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Jim Breeden, director of missions for the St. Louis Metro Baptist Association, accepts the hand-off for the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention.

Jim Breeden, director of missions for the St. Louis Metro Baptist Association, accepts the hand-off for the 2016 Southern Baptist Convention.

Columbus | Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd officially closed the 2015 annual meeting this afternoon, but not before calling to the platform leaders from St. Louis and Missouri who will carry the torch for next year’s meeting in the Gateway City.

Ohioans and Missourians stood with one another on the stage, celebrating the evangelistic outreach done in Columbus through Crossover, and appealing to Baptists to come to St. Louis June 14-15, 2016. (Crossover Saturday is June 12).

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Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board

Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board

Columbus | Missionaries aren’t sent out on their own. Or even solely through the power of missions agencies like the North American and International Mission Boards. Churches–supporting, sending churches–are central to the process.

David Platt, president of the International Mission Board

David Platt, president of the International Mission Board

That was the main idea behind this morning’s Sending Celebration, hosted by Southern Baptists’ two mission agencies following brief reports by both. Instead of their traditional separate presentations highlighting missionaries, NAMB and IMB joined forces to celebrate people serving around the world, and the churches who have helped send them. In hopes that more will catch the vision for how they can be engaged with taking the gospel to the world.

Worship leaders Shane & Shane

Worship leaders Shane & Shane

“Churches almost unknowingly begin to farm out missions to missions organizations,” Platt said. “But this is not how God designed it.” You won’t see IMB or NAMB in the New Testament, he said. Instead, you see churches like the one at Antioch.

“We want to see 46,000-plus Antiochs,” Platt said at the beginning of the sending celebration.

As worship artists Shane & Shane led music from the stage, slides introduced church planters serving across North America and others working across the globe. As their slides showed on giant screens in the convention hall, many of the missionaries stood, illuminated only by simple, book-shaped lights fanned out in front of them.

At the end of the service, they stood again together, and people sitting around them stood and prayed over them as Platt and Ezell led from the stage.

“Not one of us is guaranteed today, much less tomorrow,” Platt had said during his final charge to those in the audience. “So, brothers and sisters, let’s make it count. Let’s make our lives and our churches and churches in this convention count.”

Prayer_kneeling_blogColumbus | Southern Baptists prayed together for two hours Tuesday evening, calling on God to bring spiritual awakening and revival in churches, communities, the United States, and the world. They started with personal repentance, kneeling across the convention center as leaders from around the country led in prayers of forgiveness for prayerlessness, lack of evangelism, division, abortion, sexual depravity, negligence of “the least of these,” and more.

Pastors of different ethnicities led in prayer for racial reconciliation, and people gathered in small groups, standing shoulder-to-shoulder or hand-in-hand as they prayed for true unity. The church leaders then worshiped together on the stage, as the band led those in the packed auditorium to sing, “I am redeemed. You set me free.”

“…Tonight in Jesus’ name, we come together as one family, and we do it because of the blood of the Lamb of God who died for the sins of the world,” said SBC President Ronnie Floyd.

The evening turned toward revival, with more church leaders praying brief prayers for pastors and their wives, students, families, women, men, churches, and Southern Baptist leaders and workers.

Las Vegas pastor Vance Pittman said he had heard about revival, and read about it too. “But I have never experienced that kind of an awakening where I live,” he said, his voice breaking. “And I don’t know where you are tonight, but I am hungry to not just read about it, and not just hear about it, but to experience a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit of God on our nation like we have never witnessed before.”

After they prayed for spiritual awakening, Floyd led the congregation in prayer for the persecuted church. As the worship team and choir started singing, the crowd stood, many lifting their hands.

“Thou, O Lord, are a shield for me. My glory and the lifter of my head.”


Update: 4,870 messengers are now registered at the SBC Annual Meeting in Columbus.

Columbus | Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd gavelled in the 2015 Annual Meeting this morning, starting a day in which messengers will complete much of the business scheduled for this week’s meeting. This morning: a 50th anniversary tribute to veterans of the Vietnam War, Floyd’s president’s message, and reports from the SBC’s six seminaries.

Afternoon business includes election of officers, committee reports, introduction of new motions, and the report of the SBC Executive Committee. As of Tuesday morning, 4,482 messengers are registered here in Columbus.


Julio Arriola (center) is the first Mexican-American to serve in the role of Convention music director, Ronnie Floyd said in introducing him this morning. Arriola is global worship pastor at Cross Church in Springdale, Arkansas.

Tuesday culminates with tonight’s Call to Prayer, streamed live on and broadcast this evening on Daystar Television Network. Check back here for updates throughout the day!Choir_SBC