Tennessee Baptists will meet in Knoxville for Summit in mid-November
By Lonnie Wilkey
Editor, Baptist and Reflector
FRANKLIN — In less than three weeks, Tennessee Baptists will descend upon Knoxville to attend the Summit which includes the 145th annual meeting of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The theme of Summit is “By All Means, Win TN.”
The week begins on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Concord, in Knoxville with a “Tennessee Reunion.” The evening worship service features Rick Barnes, head basketball coach at the University of Tennessee who is known for his Christian testimony and witness.
Thirty minutes later at Black Oak Baptist Church in Knoxville, the All Nations Worship Celebration will begin.
At press time on Monday (Oct. 28), 595 messengers had pre-registered for Summit, on par for the registration totals of the past two Summits, according to Dan Ferrell, TBC registration secretary.
Ferrell encouraged Tennessee Baptists to pre-register by Nov. 12. Pre-registration will help messengers avoid lines and completing forms on site, he noted. For those who do not pre-register, registration will be held at First Baptist, Concord, from 5-8 p.m. “Early registration will help the process run smoothly,” Ferrell encouraged.
Summit activities continue on Monday, Nov. 18, with various convention committee meetings and the annual Pastors Conference, featuring the theme “Run with Endurance.”
“No one will spend a great amount of time in the ministry without experiencing the burdens and hardships that accompany the call of God,” said Scott Parkison, lead pastor of Stevens Street Baptist Church, Cookeville, and president of the Pastors Conference.
“Our lineup of speakers is filled with men of God who are familiar with the hardship of Christian ministry. It is my sincere desire that you have a fresh encounter with God, and that through this you will be empowered to serve Him with ever increasing fruitfulness,” Parkison said.
Afternoon speakers are: Corey Cain, Maplewood Baptist Church, Paris,1:25 p.m.; Kewon Foster, pastor, Out of Love Ministries, Atlanta, 2:25 p.m.; and Roc Collins, director of strategic objectives, Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, 3:20 p.m.
Evening speakers include: Josh Carter, pastor, Remedy City Church, Portland, Ore., 6:35 p.m.; Brady Cooper, pastor, New Vision Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, 7:30 p.m.; and Randy C. Davis, president and executive director, TBMB, 8:15 p.m.
The two-day annual meeting begins on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 8:30 a.m. and concludes on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at noon. Speakers include David Green, TBC president and pastor of First Baptist Church, Greeneville; H.B. Charles, pastor, Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fla.; and Hollie Miller, retired pastor, Sevier Heights Baptist Church, Knoxville.
At press time on Monday, Bruce Chesser was the only announced candidate for the presidency of the Tennessee Baptist Convention. No other candidates were announced for the vice president positions.
Childcare will be available for ages birth through 5 years old in the preschool wing of the church. Pre-register online before Nov. 11 or on site.
For more on Summit, including registration and childcare, visit tbcsummit.org.