An anticipated 2,000 messengers and guests will converge for celebration, reporting, preaching, official business, adoption of resolutions and selection of officers Nov. 12-13 for the 160th meeting of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.
STATEWIDE – An anticipated 2,000 messengers and guests will converge for celebration, reporting, preaching, official business, adoption of resolutions and selection of officers Nov. 12-13 for the 160th meeting of the Louisiana Baptist Convention.
The annual meeting of the largest evangelical faith group in Louisiana begins at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Alexandria Riverfront Convention Center.
The Louisiana Baptist Convention (LBC) is comprised of 1,576 local churches that cooperate for missions outreach and church growth/strengthening ministries.
“This year (2007) marks the 160th annual meeting of Louisiana Southern Baptists. Since our humble beginnings at Mount Lebanon in 1848 with 88 churches, Louisiana Baptists have given hundreds of millions of dollars and invested thousands of our best people for the cause of mission work in the state, North America and around the world. This year’s event, which will be available on www.LBC.org via real time video streaming, holds potential to set the course of cooperative church ministry for the next decade,” John L. Yeats, LBC director of communications, said. “The theme for the annual meeting is Empowering Kingdom Growth based on the Matthew 6:33 passage, “Seek first the kingdom of God.”
Executive Director of the Louisiana Baptist Convention David E. Hankins will use his reporting time during the Monday evening session to articulate the Empowering Kingdom Growth (EKG) initiative.
The EKG initiative was launched in 2007 with 54 pilot churches. Training for the 2008 cohort of churches is in progress this fall and will continue into the spring. The initiative is a process of spiritual transformation (heart), strategic planning (head), and significant commitment (hands). The goal is that hundreds of LBC churches will embrace the three phase process as an annual emphasis.
LBC President and pastor of the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Eros Scott Thompson will preside over the three sessions that begin the evening of Nov. 12 and conclude Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 13 at 4:30 p.m. Thompson will also deliver the President’s address at the conclusion of the Monday evening session.
This year is a presidential election year and two candidates, Mike Holloway, pastor of Cook Baptist Church, Ruston and Chuck Pourciau, pastor of Broadmoor Baptist Church, Shreveport have announced their willingness to be nominated. Others may be nominated but have not made their intentions public.
The messengers will experience Bible studies led by Paige Patterson, the President of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas. Patterson is a world renown teacher of the Bible and leader among Southern Baptists. He served as President of the national Southern Baptist Convention (1999-2000).
Reports by the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home and Louisiana College are scheduled for Monday evening. Both of these ministries report significant progress in their respective ministry assignments. National Southern Baptist Convention ministries will give reports relating to the impact of cooperative ministries nationally and internationally. The Louisiana Baptist Foundation will report about the impact of earnings from trust funds entrusted to the organization’s management. The Baptist Message will share with the messengers about future changes in the periodical demanded by the new USPS rate hike. Each of the LBC entities is proposing charter changes to reflect a stronger legal relationship with the Convention.
Each year the state Convention adopts resolutions that reflect the sentiments of the messengers in attendance at the annual meeting. The Resolutions Committee in conjunction with the Moral and Social Concerns Committee are proposing resolutions on several significant moral/social issues. Floyd Davis, pastor of Woodridge Baptist Church, Shreveport will present resolutions on civic duty, partial-birth abortions, personal/corporate repentance and protecting children from abuse.
Prior to the LBC annual meeting, the CENLA churches are hosting coordinated events called CrossOver Alexandria/Pineville. The Cenla Family Fun Days include: Friday, November 9 at 6 p.m. motor bike cycle stunt riding and skateborarding acrobatics and other fun activities at the Rapides Coliseum Parking Lot; Saturday, November 10 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Block Parties at Kees Park, Pineville and three locations in Alexandria-Behind Checkers (Jackson and MacArthur), Frank O. Hunter Park on Willow Glen and at the intersection of Bolton and Monroe. The events include inflatables, games, food, live music and health checks. At 7 p.m., the “Cross Branded Cowboy Church of Ruby” is hosting a Bull Riding event and activities at the LSUA Ag Center. Special guest Matt Austin, 2005 Bull Riding Champion is scheduled appear.
The crowning event for the CrossOver is a 4:30 p.m.Sunday evening Freedom Fest, a special concert and fireworks display for the community at the Riverfront Amphitheater. Silver and Bronze Star Recipient and Vietnam Vet, Clebe McClary will speak. Newly elected governor, Bobby Jindal has been invited and is tentatively scheduled to make an appearance. The public is invited to participate in all the events.
On Monday, November 12 at the Kingsville Baptist Church organizers are hosting the Annual Pastor’s Conference. Conference speakers include three former presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention, Bailey Smith (1981-82), Paige Patterson (1999-2000) and James Merritt (2001-2002). Gevan Spinney, pastor of First Baptist Church, Haughton and 2007 Pastor’s Conference president says, “This will be an incredible time of spiritual motivation and encouragement. I would like to personally invite any pastor in the state to join with us. Our guest preachers are faithful men of God with powerful ministries that touch the world for Christ.” The sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:00.