By Steve Freeman
President, Tennessee Baptist Convention
Serving as your Tennessee Baptist Convention president has been, is, and will be one of the greatest highlights of my personal ministry! What a blessing it is to be a Tennessean, much less a Tennessee Baptist.
God has indeed blessed our state and convention, and I have had the privilege to experience it firsthand. I truly believe we are on the cusp of a great revival in our state. Much progress has been made in achieving our Five Objectives, especially in the area of salvations and baptisms! Praise the Lord! What I am most excited about is the opportunity that we have to gather at “The Summit” and celebrate what God is doing among the great churches of our state.
This year, Summit will take place at First Baptist Church, Hendersonville, on Nov. 12-15. These will be exciting days in the life of Tennessee Baptists. We will begin on Sunday evening with a great time of worship with the dynamic preaching of Bartholomew Orr at 6:15 p.m. There will also be a great time of gathering amongst our ethnic congregations in the “All Nations Worship Celebration” to be held at Long Hollow Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Following our Sunday evening worship, we will gather for a time of fellowship in the Exhibit Hall. Sunday is certainly going to be exciting!
On Monday we will have a powerful Pastors Conference under the leadership of Tim McGehee, Pastor’s Conference president, and Derek Smith, vice president. These men have a wonderful and worshipful program that will strengthen every pastor through the inspirational preaching of David Platt, Stan May, Afshin Ziafat, and many more expositors of God’s Word who are sure to encourage, excite, and inspire us.
This year’s Summit will include a great breakout session with Eric Geiger, sessions of inspiration to include the previous Southern Baptist Convention president, Ronnie Floyd, and worship led and directed by Scott Shepherd, our new director of worship and music for the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board. In conjunction with these great times of encouragement, we will conduct the necessary business of our convention and learn more of what God is doing in our great state.
Finally, our gathering will conclude with another opportunity of fellowship through the second annual Summit Golf Tournament. I want to personally invite all Tennessee Baptists to be part of this year’s Summit as a messenger or guest. I promise you that you will not be disappointed.
Until then, I want you to know that these are exciting days in the great state of Tennessee. In the famous words of that great theologian, TBMB President and Executive Director Randy C. Davis, “It’s a joy to be on this journey with you.”