Thursday, February 26, 2009

North American Missions and The Baptist Family

The Baptist General Convention of Missouri is receiving an offering this spring for the North American Baptist Fellowship. Missouri Baptists historically have received an Easter Offering for national missions. We believe there is no better way to collaborate for missions than to join with the Baptists of North America in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our convention became a member of the North American Baptist Fellowship a few years ago. The following year we became a part of the Baptist World Alliance. The North American Baptist Fellowship is one of six regional fellowships that make up the Baptist World Alliance. Alan Stanford recently resigned as our General Secretary. A search process is underway to secure a new General Secretary. Dr. David Goatley, General Secretary of the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention, is President of the North American Baptist Fellowship. David will be one of the keynote speakers at the Baptist Border Crossing event April 2-4, 2009, immediately following our Annual Meeting.

The North American Baptist Fellowship is the way we join hands with Baptists from across our nation and Canada as we seek to reach our world for Christ. Your gifts to our North American Baptist Missions Offering will help to underwrite the collaborative work of this organization. If you have mission offering for other causes we will be happy to forward them on your behalf.

Our Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, April 2, from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Lee’s Summit. We our abbreviating our Annual Meeting to allow our messengers and guests to attend the historic gathering of Midwest Baptists—the Baptist Border Crossing at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Liberty. Our Annual Missions Banquet will be held Friday evening during the Baptist Border Crossing at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. The cost is $12.00 and you may pay at the door, but you need to contact our convention office to make reservations (bettiejo@baptistgcm.org or 888-420-2426 ext. 701).

Check out the event website (http://www.baptistbordercrossing.org/) for more information, to register, or to secure hotel information. The President of the Baptist World Alliance and the President of the North American Baptist Fellowship are both keynote speakers for this event. Other speakers include Carolyn Ann Knight, Tony Campolo, and President Jimmy Carter. The breakout session will allow you to get acquainted with our brothers and sisters from other Baptist conventions. I hope you will make plans to join us for both of these important meetings.

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