When Sam DeVille went to Flint Baptist Church as pastor in 1996, it was a small congregation of a few families. Today, it’s a large, mission-minded, evangelistic, praying church reaching East Texas and far beyond. The church is now lodged in beautiful new facilities perfect to host the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention in November.
We all need this time together to do the business of the convention, renew our relationships across the state, experience deep worship in the presence of God, celebrate the victories of the past and hear powerful challenges about the years to come.
The meeting this year will be historic. Following last year’s annual meeting in Austin, Dr. Jim Richards announced his intention to begin the transition to his successor as executive director of the SBTC. A nationwide search led us to one of our own: Dr. Nathan Lorick, who was then the state executive in Colorado but who had deep roots in the SBTC.
In February, the board issued a unanimous call to Dr. Lorick. In the months since, the SBTC has embraced Dr. Lorick and his vision of evangelism, church planting, prayer and much more for the future. So, this historic convention in Flint will witness a significant moment in time: the passing of the baton from the first generation of SBTC leadership to the next.
The theme of this year’s meeting, “But God,” is a reminder to all of us that personal transitions, global pandemics, the shifting sands of a changing culture and all of the challenges of leadership today could potentially hinder us—But God! Almighty God is the “uncommon denominator” who, when he steps in, immediately changes the outlook from the impossible to “we can do this!” And together, we can do everything God calls us to do.
Join us in Flint. Highlights will include the following:
- A dinner honoring Dr. and Mrs. Richards
- Messages from Dr. Richards and Dr. Lorick and others
- The Spanish language session
- The election of new officers
Additionally, there will be panels to discuss evangelism, prayer, caring for our own souls; a young pastors panel, and an incredible prayer and worship gathering Tuesday night.
God has given us a great convention (the best in the SBC) and this year’s annual meeting will be one you will not want to miss.
Put November 8-9 on your calendar and meet us in Flint!