“Fulfill Your Ministry!” will be the theme addressed by a diverse lineup of speakers at this year’s Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference June 10-11 in Dallas.
Pastors’ Conference President H.B. Charles Jr. announced the theme, drawn from 2 Timothy 4:5, and speakers, half of whom are non-Anglo, late last week in a blog post. Five African American preachers will join one Hispanic preacher and six Anglos.
“The goal of the conference is to challenge and encourage pastors and church leaders to be faithful to the calling to serve the Lord in local church ministry,” wrote Charles, pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla.
“We are living in critical times. The world at its worst needs the church at its best,” Charles, the first African American Pastors’ Conference president, wrote Feb. 15 on his website. “To reach this culture and generation for Christ, we must live faithful lives, preach faithful messages, and lead faithful congregations. Each message will be a call to faithfulness.”
Along with preaching, the Pastors’ Conference will feature worship and prayer to undergird the ministry of pastors and their wives. The sessions at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center will be held prior to the SBC’s June 12-13 annual meeting there.
Among Pastors’ Conference highlights, Charles wrote, will be an address by Frank Pomeroy, pastor of First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, who “will share his testimony of trusting God through the tragedy his congregation suffered last summer,” when a gunman murdered 26 people, including Pomeroy’s daughter, during a worship service.
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Source: Baptist Press