NASHVILLE (BP) – It gives me such joy to see thousands of messengers and churches prioritizing this year’s SBC Annual Meeting on June 15-16, 2021. We are always at our best when we have pastors and laypersons involved in our Convention ministries and annual gatherings.
We are a convention of churches. While we have existing structures to assist our churches, it is all about the churches. Jesus has anointed His Church to advance the Gospel across the world. One day when Jesus returns, He will return to unite with His Church. We are all about the church.
Our challenges are many
It is undeniable our SBC family is facing many challenges. Some are real and concerning. Missing last year’s annual meeting has hurt us immensely. I knew it would be difficult when the decision to cancel was made over a year ago, due to the global pandemic. The negative effect is greater than I anticipated.
Our work is built upon a relationship with God and others. People need each other, and we have not been able to be together. When we gather next week with around 20,000 messengers and guests to our convention, we will see some of you for the first time in two years. Hugs and even tears may come in reuniting with friends.
While we will take the time to work through our challenges and arise stronger through them, our gathering should be overflowing with much joy and jubilant celebration.
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Source: Baptist Press