By John Kyle, LBC Communications
ALEXANDRIA – Television producer, author and media consultant Phil Cooke is to be the keynote speaker during the President’s 2020 Commission Summit April 22 at the Riverfront Center in Alexandria. Christian recording artist and lead singer for the group NewSong – Russ Lee – is to provide a mini-concert as part of the evening session.
The Summit marks the approximate half-way point of the President’s 2020 Commission, which was approved by LBC messengers in November. Charged with “developing and recommending a seven-year strategy for maximizing Louisiana Baptists’ effectiveness in Gospel ministry,” the Commission is comprised of 20 subcommittees with 20 members on each committee.
The April gathering will be the only occasion where the entire 400-member Commission will assemble.
Persons interested in following the work of the Commission are encouraged to watch the Monday afternoon and evening sessions of the Summit via live web-streaming by logging on to www.LBC.org/2020 and clicking on the live streaming link.
Current LBC President Waylon Bailey of First Baptist Covington said he is encouraged by the work of the Commission thus far.
“The various groups seem to be excited about their work,” Bailey said. “One of my neighboring pastors in South Louisiana keeps telling me what a genuine joy it is to see the work progress on his committee. This has been a general sentiment from all the people I have heard from.”
LBC Executive Director David Hankins said the Summit marks a turning point for the Commission.
“Thus far the subcommittees have focused on collecting research regarding their assigned areas,” Hankins said. “We’ll continue to gather data during the Summit but moving forward the emphasis will turn to formulating recommendations based on their research.”
The Steering Committee of the Commission (chairpersons of the subcommittees) are to present recommendations for consideration during the September meeting of the Executive Board. Approved recommendations will be presented to the entire convention during the LBC annual meeting in November in Alexandria.
Bailey, who is in his second one-year-term as LBC president, expressed optimism as the Summit approaches.
“I’m looking forward to the fellowship of working with 400 Louisiana Baptists as we covenant together to take the gospel to those who are close by and those who are far away,” Bailey said.
“It seems there is a genuine desire across the state to see priorities set and changes made that will help us improve in doing God’s work in our wonderful state,” the LBC president added.
Hankins asks that Louisiana Baptists continue to pray for God’s leadership in the process.
“Many full-time pastors, bivocational pastors and laypersons are investing a lot of time and energy to this effort,” Hankins said. “Please continue to pray for wisdom and direction as we ask God to show us how we can maximize our cooperative efforts moving toward the year 2020.”
Bailey added, “We are doing many things right; actually, most things. I simply want to see us do all God wants, in the best way possible.”
For updates from the various subcommittees of the President’s 2020 Commission, log on towww