Plan to share Jesus at SBC in San Antonio

Make your reservations now! We have a real treat coming our way this summer, June 12 and 13. The Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting will be held in San Antonio. It will be an opportunity for Texas Baptists to show our love for Jesus and each other to a wide array of observers. Our Baptist friends from around the nation will be making their way to the Alamo City. A watching world will be listening for a message with the power to impact our culture. The most important contribution we can make is to tell people about the life-changing message of Jesus Christ.

Let me give you a quick overview of some of the events. Bobby Welch, immediate past president of the SBC, will be leading an SBTC-sponsored pre-Crossover evangelism effort. Beginning on Good Friday and ending the second week of May, Bobby will be traveling across South Texas stirring believers and sharing the gospel. Bobby will visit the Army base where he was assigned during his Vietnam military service. A number of area-wide events are planned for San Antonio, West Houston, the Valley, Austin and Corpus Christi. This is an incredible opportunity for churches in the South Texas region to show the love of Jesus through some powerful outreach efforts. The SBC Crossover will take place in San Antonio with plenty of places for you to plug into ministry. You can find more information by contacting NAMB, or checking our website.

Texas should definitely have the largest number of messengers. Texas Baptists will want to be at the convention center with our typical hospitality and sweet spirit. Let’s all be a part of giving a big Texas “howdy” to the out-of-state guests. The SBTC staff will assist in a special “Welcome to Texas” fellowship on Monday night following the Pastors’ Conference. SBTC missions and ministry will be highlighted along with an emphasis of our partnership with the Southern Baptist Convention. SBC leaders are invited to participate. It will be a great time to let others know we are happy they are in Texas. On Tuesday morning the SBTC staff will greet messengers as they enter the convention center. We will be giving them copies of the TEXAN and sharing a smile.

Some issues will be discussed at the annual meeting that interest Texas Southern Baptists. You will want to be present for all of the sessions and voice your opinion. It is important for you to prayerfully share your convictions. Stand for your beliefs but stand graciously. Fight for principles. Do not fight personalities. Philippians 2 tells us to have the mind of Christ.

The Executive Committee voted in their February meeting to go to Orlando and Phoenix in 2010 and 2011, respectively. It may be a long time before we are the host state again. Let’s make the most of it. You can register on-line with the SBC at If you need more information, visit our website at or call toll free 1-877-953-7282. Pray for revival among God’s people?especially those called Southern Baptists. See you in San Antonio.

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