Ronnie Floyd highlights Cooperative Program lunch during Empower Conference

IRVING—Ronnie Floyd will be the special guest speaker at the annual Cooperative Program lunch during the upcoming Empower Conference at the Irving Convention Center at Los Colinas on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 11:45 a.m.

The lunch will highlight ways Texas Southern Baptist churches are engaging the state, North America, and the world with the gospel through their gifts to the Cooperative Program. 

“We want to celebrate what God did last year [through the Cooperative Program] and prepare to praise God for the prospects of what he is going to do through us this year,” said Kenneth Priest, the director of convention strategies at the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention. 

Floyd became the president of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee in 2018 after serving for more than three decades as the senior pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas. He also served as SBC president from 2014-2016. He has authored more than 20 books on prayer and discipleship. In addition, he was the president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force for two years.

Joseph Crider, who is the dean of the school of music at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will lead music during the lunch. Passionate about training the next generation of worship leaders, Crider has three decades of ministry experience and is a frequent speaker and clinician at worship conferences and churches throughout the country.

“We’ll be hearing from entity leaders during the lunch who benefit from the Cooperative Program, therefore they have a passion for this as much as we do,” Priest said. 

During the lunch, the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention will recognize the top 10 Cooperative Program givers within the convention, both in terms of actual dollars and per capita giving. The convention will also recognize its top giving ethnic churches with “Looks Like Heaven” awards.

The Grand Ballroom of the convention center, where the lunch will be held, has a capacity of 450 to 500 people, which will limit the number of tickets available. Tickets are typically sold out by the time the conference begins but are available now at

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