Saddle Up Your Horses

Usually I wait until September to write about the SBTC annual meeting. This year I wanted to give you a special invitation and plenty of advance notice. A little humorous CD invitation should arrive at every Southern Baptist Church in Texas around the middle of September. If you would like to receive one, let us know and we will send it to you. I’ll give you a teaser; Mike Gonzales and I are riding horses.

For the first time in the seven-year history of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention we will be meeting west of I-35. Most of the people in Texas live east of I-35. One source says 80 percent. Most of Texas is west of I-35. The mystique of old Texas is captured best in the West where there are wide open spaces, beautiful sunsets and friendly people. It is important for us to travel a little to do a lot of good for our Lord.

The SBTC messengers are invited to attend the annual meeting at The Church at Quail Creek, San Jacinto Baptist. This great church is accommodating their guests with a customary hospitality. Prior to the annual meeting there are several important activities.

The inaugural Crossover will be on Saturday, Oct. 22. Churches in Amarillo are inviting us to join them in reaching their communities for Christ. We will do special events and door-to-door witnessing. Plan to bring a youth group, senior adult group or any mission-driven folks in your church to impact the city for Jesus. Speaking of “impact,” Team Impact will conclude the day with a rally at San Jacinto Baptist that evening.

Sunday night promises to be a tremendous time of spiritual challenge and encouragement. Ivy Shelton, Stan Coffey and Jimmy Draper are the featured preachers for the Pastors’ Conference. An Amarillo combined choir will provide the music. Monday completes the Pastors’ Conference with Johnny Funderburg, Dwight McKissic and Jack Graham bringing the messages. It will be a blessed experience.

We are setting aside Oct. 19 as a day of fasting and prayer for the annual meeting. Although several important business items will be considered, the desire of the elected leadership and your staff is that God will move on us with a spirit of revival. Texas desperately needs a spiritual awakening and I believe the SBTC has been raised up to assist in facilitating it.

During the annual meeting, President Chris Osborne, Steve Swofford and Junior Hill will bring the three featured messages. Four theme interpreters will minister to us as well. The music will reflect the diversity of styles that are in our churches. This has been a tradition of our annual meeting from the beginning. Praise, Southern Gospel, Choral and Traditional will be a part of the program.

Everyone is invited to attend. You do not have to be a messenger. You do not have to be in an affiliated church. Bring others with you. You don’t have to ride a horse to get to Amarillo, but get there the best way you can.

Executive Director Emeritus
Jim Richards
Southern Baptists of Texas Convention
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