Baptist and Reflector
The Summit includes the annual meeting of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, the Tennessee Baptist Pastors Conference, WMU’s Missions Extravaganza, and other related meetings and events.
As of Oct. 20, 545 messengers from 188 churches have pre-registered. Randy C. Davis, TBC executive director/treasurer, observed that convention saw its largest increase of messengers since 2007 at last year’s meeting in Chattanooga.
“Our 2014 Summit will be important, urgent, and historical for several reasons,” he noted.
“We need Tennesseans to be engaged in our annual meeting now like never before. And our great attendance must not be based on controversy, but based on a unified conviction that we must work together to win a lost population in Tennessee to Christ,” Davis said.
Dan Ferrell, TBC registration secretary, noted that for the first time the church’s ACP login will be required to pre-register.
“Most churches pre-register their messengers online and print messenger cards directly,” Ferrell said.
He added that the online pre-registration system will not allow churches to register more messengers than permitted based on your church membership as reported in the 2013 Annual Church Profile.
“If your church has increased its membership to a higher level since the 2013 Annual Church Profile was completed, you may be entitled to additional messengers,” Ferrell said.
Once messenger cards are printed, messengers need to bring them to The Summit to complete the process, he added.
Registration will be open at Brentwood Baptist Church on Monday, Nov. 10, from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 8-11 a.m.
The theme of this year’s Summit is “Whatever It Takes.”
Charles Roesel, pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church, Leesburg, Fla., will deliver two theme interpretations on Nov. 11.
TBC President Larry Robertson, pastor of Hilldale Baptist Church, Clarksville, will deliver the annual president’s address during the Tuesday evening session.
Cal Hampton, pastor of Green River Baptist Church, Waynesboro, will preach the convention sermon on Tuesday afternoon.
Frank Page, president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, will close the annual meeting with a message in the Wednesday morning session.
Other highlights of the annual meeting will be Davis’ report on Executive Board ministries during the Tuesday evening session. Jeff Iorg, president of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif., will present a report from the seminary during the Wednesday morning session.
New officers will be elected in Brentwood. At press time on Monday the only people who have been announced as nominees are Michael Ellis, pastor of Impact Baptist Church, Memphis (for president) and David Leavell, pastor, First Baptist Church, Millington (for vice president).
Candidates for office may be nominated from the floor of the convention.
The annual meeting also will feature a report from the Vision 2021 Transition Team, chaired by Chuck Groover, pastor, Victory Baptist Church, Mount Juliet.
Special music during the annual meeting will be provided by Keith and Kristyn Getty of Nashville.
The convention schedule, including related meetings and the budget that will be presented to convention messengers, will be published in the Nov. 5 issue of the Baptist and Reflector.