Texas Baptists to celebrate service at Annual Meeting in Waco

by Kalie Lowrie on October 10, 2016 in News

Texas Baptists are “Celebrating Service” at the Annual Meeting in Waco Nov. 13-15, recognizing the work of partnering institutions. The program features world-class workshops and exceptional speakers, as well as wonderful worship music and exhibits that tell Texas Baptists’ stories.

Sunday, November 13, kicks off with several evening rallies including Hispanic Ministries, African American Ministries, Cowboy Churches and BSM leaders.

Cleophus LaRue, Princeton Theological Seminary’s Francis Landey Patton Professor of Homiletics, will preach Monday evening’s sermon. Lee Strobel, New York Times best-selling author and professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University and teaching pastor at Woodlands Church, will be a featured speaker on Tuesday morning. Addresses will also be given by President René Maciel and Executive Director David Hardage.

Worship will be led by Maria Monteiro, assistant professor and chair of the Music Department at Baptist University of the Américas; We Are The Monks, a husband and wife Christian duo from Nashville; Stephen Carrell, associate pastor of Worship and Music for Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas; and the Baylor University Men’s Choir, composed of more than 100 students.

Workshops on Monday and Tuesday will address crucial topics for our ministers and churches including the Future of Faith-Based Education, Same-Sex Marriage and the Future of the Family, Pioneering, new mission partnership opportunities, Apologetics and more. Speakers include Jim Denison, Leighton Flowers, Cleophus LaRue, Todd Still, Fernandao Brandao, Adam Wright, Blair Blackburn, Eric Bruntmyer and more.

Attendees are encouraged to stop by the exhibit halls throughout the three-day event to learn more about partnering ministries and Texas Baptists’ resources, and to network and fellowship. 

Concluding the gathering on Tuesday afternoon, several bonus workshops will be offered including Ministry Safe Training, for sexual abuse awareness in your church; Church Revitalization, led by Discipleship Lead Phil Miller and Director of the Great Commission Delvin Atchison; and information on the new Native American ministry opportunity for church leaders. 

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