WACO—Texas Baptists will celebrate their call to “Live Compelled” at the Baptist General Convention of Texas annual meeting in Waco, Nov. 12-14.
“In the Bible, our New Testament ancestors were compelled by the Spirit, compelled to preach and compelled to contend for the faith,” said Danny Reeves, BGCT president and pastor of First Baptist Church in Corsicana. “However, the most striking proclamation came from the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:14. Paul wrote, ‘For Christ’s love compels us.’ That’s how we still feel.
“As Texas Baptists, Christ’s love compels us to serve him, to love him, to seek and save the lost with him, and to be on mission because of him. I’m looking forward to our hearts being renewed and challenged as Texas Baptists gather.”
The three-day event begins Sunday evening, Nov. 12, with African-American, Hispanic and cowboy church worship rallies.
The keynote speaker at the annual meeting is Will Mancini, church strategist and author of God Dreams and Church Unique.
Delvin Atchison, director of Texas Baptists Great Commission team, will preach the annual meeting sermon.
Reeves will deliver the president’s address, and BGCT Executive Director David Hardage will present his annual report.
Worship leaders include the First Woodway Baptist Church in Waco choir, directed by Gary Rhodes; the praise band from First Baptist Church in Brenham, directed by Charles Covin; and One Voice, an ensemble group from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Hour-long workshops Monday and Tuesday will focus on current issues and ways Texas Baptists can partner together and serve alongside BGCT institutions.
Topics include “Caring for the Least of These,” “The Art of Persuasion: Preaching for a Decision,” “The Great Commission Church,” “I Was Thirsty” and “Church Strengthening.”
Workshop leaders include Jimmy Dorrell, executive director of Mission Waco; Joel Gregory, professor of preaching at Baylor University’s Truett Theological Seminary; Ray Still, senior pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church in New Braunfels; and Mickey Lenamon, executive director of Texas Baptist Men.
Online registration for Texas Baptist churches is available until Nov. 1. Churches will need their BGCT ID# to register, and the person registering messengers must be the pastor, church secretary or an authorized church staff member. For assistance, call toll-free 1-888-244-9400.