See you in Irving, March 4-6

The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Evangelism Conference is right around the corner, March 4-6. I’m excited about this year and the future for our efforts together in Texas through evangelism. The schedule is second to none. You will want to hear God’s Word from his anointed servants.

Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter and Danny Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, will preach Monday and Tuesday nights, respectively. Our evenings also include Texas pastors Glynn Stone and Robert Jeffress. Their choirs will provide the musical worship. Tuesday will transition to a little more contemporary music with recording artist Josh Wilson. Pastors, evangelists and other ministers will bring messages during the day. Wednesday will feature a Southern Gospel emphasis with Mark Lowry. Favorites Bill Stafford and Don Cass will preach. Throughout the sessions will be testimonies from laypersons who are dynamic witnesses for our Lord Jesus.

Director of Evangelism Nathan Lorick came on staff after most of the program was completed. However, he added some exciting opportunities for training and networking. He plans to unveil a new tool for reaching people that is more than cutting edge. The Tuesday afternoon session will provide tremendous insight to local church evangelism through a dialogue time. The panel consists of Ed Stetzer, Danny Akin, David Wheeler and Ronnie Hill. Dr. Lorick will share his vision for the 2014 Conference. Awesome changes are coming!

The location of the conference this year makes it easier for people to attend. The Irving Convention Center provided a wonderful, worshipful venue for our messengers in our annual meeting recently. Accessibility makes it very accommodating. Road construction is a matter of life in Texas but you can get to the convention center with relative ease. DFW Airport and Love Field will enable you to fly in close.

There are various auxiliary functions that take place around the Evangelism Conference. The Spanish-language session is on Sunday night. The Conference of Texas Baptist Evangelists has a great lineup for Monday afternoon. A major highlight is the Cooperative Program Luncheon featuring Fred Luter. You will want to purchase your tickets early for the CP Luncheon.

You can read more about the details in the center spread of this issue of the TEXAN. Registration for meals can be made online or by calling SBTC at 877-953-SBTC.

Like never before we are to share the good news. The Evangelism Conference is designed to encourage, challenge and equip. I believe if you come to Irving you will leave with a renewed passion to reach people for our Lord and Savior. See you in Irving!

Executive Director Emeritus
Jim Richards
Southern Baptists of Texas Convention
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