Dozens of Southern Baptist megachurch pastors and their wives met with Vice President Mike Pence and senior White House officials on Wednesday to cap off the annual Southern Baptist Convention MegaMetro retreat.
Organized by former SBC President and Arkansas pastor Ronnie Floyd, as many as 68 megachurch pastors and 65 of their wives traveled to the nation’s capital on Monday to partake in the annual invite-only retreat, which was attended only by pastors with Sunday church attendance of 2,000-plus.
“Folks wanted to come to Washington, D.C. so that we can pray for our country and be in the environment of Washington,” Floyd told The Christian Post.
During the 3-day conference, discussion was devoted “to talking church.” While Floyd led the pastors through various panels and interviews touching on how to “reach people for Christ,” Floyd’s wife, Jeana, led separate discussions for the pastors’ wives.
On Monday night, the group of about 120 took a 90-minute tour of the Museum of the Bible to give those who had never been to the six-month-old museum an opportunity to see it.
The conference concluded on Wednesday with as many as 116 of the pastors and their wives visiting the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, located next to the White House, to participate in a 90-minute White House senior staff briefing.
According to Floyd, the briefing was led by Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Liaison Jennifer Korn.
The group also received a “surprise” 20-minute visit from Pence.
“Once again, I was reminded that the president, vice president and their administration are totally committed to the biblical issues we deeply care about — the sanctity of life, the family, the support of Israel, religious freedom, and securing a strong nation under God,” Texas pastor Jack Graham told CP.
“Throughout the day, and in many previous meetings, I’ve heard them say ‘please pray for us.’ They say, ‘support us — yes — but mostly pray for us!'”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith