Sunday, March 7, 2010

Our Annual Gathering


The 8th Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Missouri will be held Friday and Saturday, March 26-27, 2010, at the First Baptist Church in Lee's Summit, Missouri. The theme for this year's Annual Meeting is "God's Plans: Hope and a Future!" from Jeremiah 29:11. This is an appropriate theme for this year’s annual gathering. Last year our Board of Directors voted to begin a Strategy Planning Process designed to allow us to think strategically about the future of our cooperative ministry. This year is the final year of the current strategy which was approved in 2005. I have been working with a Task Force of 25 from across our state for the past eight months as we sought to understand God’s will for the future of our ministry.

This week our Board of Director’s will be receiving a report from the Task Force including recommendations, goals and strategies. I am very grateful for the input and leadership of those who served on our Task Force. I believe God used the process to help us better understand his plans for our ministry. The Task Force will be making some significant recommends which will help to share the nature of our ministry as we seek to “think in new ways” about denominational life and how we serve our churches. We are anticipating the Board will approve these recommendations, and we hope to share them with our churches and church leaders during our Annual Meeting.

The Annual Meeting is a “gathering” of the Baptist family from across our state. It is a time of fellowship, worship and decisions as we make plans for the future. The Friday afternoon session begins at 1:00 p.m., the Friday evening session begins at 6:30 p.m. and the Saturday morning session begins at 8:30 a.m. The Choir and Orchestra from First Baptist Church in Lee’s Summit will be leading our worship on Friday evening. The Concert Choir from William Jewell College will be singing during our Saturday morning session. Randy Buffington, Minister of Music at First Baptist Church in Lee's Summit, will serve as the Music and Worship Coordinator for our Annual Meeting.

Dr. William Shaw, Pastor of the White Rock Baptist Church in Philadelphia and past president of the National Baptist Convention, USA, will be our keynote speaker. Dr. Shaw was a speaker at the New Baptist Covenant Celebration held in Atlanta in 2008. Dr. David M. May, Professor of New Testament at Central Baptist Theological Seminary, will be our Bible Study Teacher. David is a gifted communicator and Biblical scholar. Our President, Dr. Randall Bunch, will deliver the President's Address.

Our Annual Missions Banquet will be held Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church. The menu will feature Jack Stack Barbeque and the cost is $10 per person. You may make a reservation by contacting Bettie Jo in our convention office (bettiejo@baptistgcm.org or 888-420-2426 extension 701). We hope to have a guest from Guatemala to share about our Mission Partnership. The Annual Gathering will also include an exhibit area and opportunities for fellowship. More information regarding the gathering is available on our website (www.baptistgcm.org). Everyone is welcome to attend. I hope to see you in Lee’s Summit!

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