BGCT Presidential Journal: Houston 2009

The Committee on Convention Business is finalizing their plans for the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting in Houston, November 16-17. The focus of this year’s annual meeting will be Texas Hope 2010.

As part of the convention, the Future Focus Committee will be presenting their recommendations about how we as Texas Baptists need to work together to embrace our future. Over the past two years under the direction and able leadership of Stephen Hatfield and Andy Pittman the Future Focus Committee has evaluated and dreamed about the possibilities and challenges facing our convention in the future. Many of the strategic changes identified have already been implements under the direction of Dr. Everett, and it is our hope a new day is dawning. Their report will be a pivotal part of the gathering.

The face of this years’ gathering should be quite different with a prioritized effort to bring in younger messengers by the hundreds.  I have invited the Robbie Seay band to be part of our gathering. Robbie will sing during the Monday evening session, and following the session there will be an afterglow worship concert led by his band. Robbie is a Texas Baptist and leads worship in one of our churches. I felt it was important that we celebrate this part of our story.

In addition, efforts have been made to make the face of the gather reflect closer the reality of our convention and its make up. Today, 43% of our churches are non-Anglo and it is our hopes that this annual meeting will reflect this reality. During the Monday evening session we will recognize many of the leaders of our ethnic churches, and will have a special time of prayer together for Texas Hope 2010. On any given Sunday morning, as Texas Baptists, we worship the LORD in over fifty languages.

Note: We are offering reduced rate hotel accommodations at the Hyatt for messengers from our ethnic and bi-vocational churches. Information about this assistance can be secured by contacting the BGCT or Dr. Everett’s office.

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States, and the largest in Texas. I pray when we arrive in Houston this fall that we will let our light shine. Make plans now to join us. You will not want to miss this year’s convention.


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