Matt Henslee is associational missionary for the Collin Baptist Association in the Dallas area and president of the 2022 SBC Pastors’ Conference in Anaheim, Calif. This article originally appeared on his blog at matthenslee.com.
FAIRVIEW, Texas – Here are four things to watch leading up to the 2022 SBC Pastors’ Conference:
We need YOUR help. We have a primary sponsor and are in talks with a few others, but we want to avoid a running, two-day infomercial. You will come to Anaheim to be encouraged, not sold, so we are trying to limit it to a handful of crucial, practical partners. To do so, we rely on people like YOU and churches like YOURS.
Every gift, no matter how big or small, will help – and we mean that. We are exceedingly grateful for state conventions like Kentucky and Hawaii who gave and others who intend to give anywhere from $500 to a few thousand. We are exceedingly grateful for churches like FBC Orlando, Summer Grove, Greater Hills, North Jax, and others who have given anything from $500 to $30,000. We are exceedingly grateful for folks like Trevor, Warren, Colby, and many others who have donated anything from $50 to $500.
Like the Cooperative Program, little gifts en masse combined with a few large gifts go a long way to make a vision or mission a reality. As of today, we are about halfway there! So if you can spare a few bucks or a few thousand, it will be used – and used well.
We will have music from Matt Boswell and the Cowden Hall Band. Joining them will be Adam Greenway and Daniel Ritchie, who will preach standalone sermons. Greenway, President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will preach on the need never to stop learning – not just in a school or seminary setting, but on the go, steady sharpening of our tools in preaching and pastoral ministry. Ritchie, an evangelist, will preach on overcoming obstacles in advancing the kingdom.
These two men will speak into our lives, practically, from God’s Word. Joining them will be 12 men who affirm the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message and the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy and reflect the vast diversity of the Southern Baptist Convention. You may know some of them, but not all. However, you can count on no agendas beyond glorifying God and encouraging you through biblical exposition.
Mark your calendars because we will announce the preachers in the days leading up to Christmas! In fact, 12 days – let’s call it the 12 Days of Pastors, if you will. We intend to have a little fun with it, and we hope you will stay tuned as we introduce you to new pastors, old pastors, church planters, church revitalizers, megachurch pastors, small church pastors, and everything in between.Our heartbeat is for the guys standing behind the pulpit to reflect the people in the seats.
If you have not, make sure you follow us on Twitter and Facebook for steady encouragement and equipping. We also have an online presence that will soon handle announcements and details for the Pastors’ Conference.
Pastor, while we are several months away and there is still work to do, we are hard at work for YOU. Please continue to pray for us, give if possible, and make plans to join us in Anaheim! Until then, lead on for the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom.