SBTC Pastor’s Conference: ‘Celebrating God’s Family’

The 2004 Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Pastors’ Conference Oct. 24-25 at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano will include breakout sessions for varied interests in addition to the usual fare of preaching and music.

The lineup includes the host pastor, Jack Graham, Dallas pastor and author Tony Evans and eight other ministers from across Texas. Musicians from Walnut Ridge Baptist Church in Mansfield and Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington are also scheduled.

The conference precedes the SBTC annual meeting, which begins Monday evening, Oct. 25 and continues through Oct. 26 at Prestonwood.

Session I begins at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and includes messages from Randy Weeaks, Bryan Carter and Jack Graham and a testimony from Rosanne Leafblad.

Weeaks is the pastor of Walnut Ridge Baptist Church in Mansfield, where since 1992 the church has grown from 30 people to more than 2,300 members under his shepherding.

Carter is senior pastor of Concord Baptist Church in Dallas. Carter, a pastor’s son, succeeded the founding pastor, E.K. Bailey, after Bailey’s death in 2002. The church has a network of more than 40 home Bible studies.

Graham is pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, one of the nation’s largest congregations, and just completed two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is seen and heard nationally through the broadcast ministry “Power Point.”

Session II begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 25. After music and prayer, participants will choose from a series of “leadership sessions” which include “The Pastor and His Finances,” led by John Morgan, pastor of Sagemont Baptist Church in Houston; “There’s More Than One Color in the Pew,” led by Tony Mathews, pastor of North Garland Baptist Church, Garland; “Praise and Worship in the Local Congregation,” led by Kim Noblitt, worship/music minister at First Baptist Church, Euless; “The Pastor and His Health,” led by Hennon Cooper, pastor of Rock of Faith Baptist Church, Cedar Hill; and “Transitioning and Revitalizing Your Church,” led by Gary Smith, pastor of Fielder Road Baptist Church, Arlington.

Session III begins at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 and includes messages from Gil Lain, Tony Mathews and Tony Evans, plus a testimony from Egon Settle.

Lain is pastor of Paramount Baptist Church in Amarillo. The church has five families serving the International Mission Board abroad and carries on a vibrant deaf ministry. According to its website, the church aims to encourage people to magnify God and pursue maturity, membership, ministry and mission.

Mathews is senior pastor of North Garland Baptist Church in Garland and president of Jacob’s Well Ministries. He has taught multi-ethnic ministry at The Criswell College and holds a doctorate from Southwestern Seminary.

Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, is president of The Urban Alternative and is an internationally known Bible teaching and author.

For more information on the conference, call the SBTC Minister/Church Relations team at 817-552-2500.

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