Texas Baptists encouraged to live compelled at Annual Meeting in Waco


Texas Baptists are celebrating their call to “Live Compelled” at this years’ Annual Meeting in Waco, Nov. 12-14. For up-to-date information including schedule, speakers, business and more, go to texasbaptists.org/annualmeeting. Online registration for your church is available until Nov. 1.

“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, Texas Baptists president and pastor of First Baptist Church of 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!”

Through exceptional speakers, world-class workshops and Christ-centered worship, Texas Baptists will explore exactly what it means to be led to live God-honoring lives and renew passions to embody the Great Commandment and the Great Commission every day.

On Sun., Nov. 12, the event will kick-off with various evening rallies. Keynote speakers during the three-day event include Will Mancini, author and church strategist, and Delvin Atchison, director of Texas Baptists Great Commission team. Addresses will also be given by President Danny Reeves and Executive Director David Hardage.

Throughout the conference, worship will be led by the choir, orchestra and praise team from First Woodway Baptist Church, under Director Gary Rhodes; Brenham’s First Baptist Church praise band, under Directors Charles and Bonnie Covin; One Voice, an ensemble group from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; and Texas Baptists’ Music and Worship Lead Tom Tillman, along with Joslyn Henderson, Master of Music student from Baylor University and Master of Divinity student from George W. Truett Theological Seminary. 

Workshops will be held on Monday and Tuesday, as hour-long sessions focus on current issues and ways we partner together and serve alongside our Institutions and Universities. Topics include Caring for the Least of These, The Art of Persuasion: Preaching for a decision, The Great Commission Church, I Was Thirsty, Church Strengthening and many more. 

Workshop speakers include Jimmy Dorrell, executive director of Mission Waco; Dr. Joel Gregory, professor of preaching at Truett Seminary; Ray Still, senior pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church; Mickey Lenamon, executive director of Texas Baptist Men; and Will Mancini. 

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. 

Online registration for Texas Baptists churches is available until Nov. 1. You will need your BGCT ID# to register, and you must be the pastor, church secretary or authorized church staff member to register messengers for your church. For assistance, call toll-free 1-888-244-9400. Click here to register today. 

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