Texas Baptists to observe Baptist roots at Annual Meeting


FRISCO—Texas Baptists are examining their roots at the Nov. 8-10 annual meeting with the theme "Deep Roots: Living Legacy."

The meeting at Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco and will center around Colossians 2:6-7, with a special emphasis placed on the Baptist Distinctives.

"This year, we'll examine Baptist Distinctives and share the reasons we choose to be Baptist," explained Kathy Hillman, BGCT president. "Together we'll explore our deep roots and celebrate our living legacy through inspiring worship, enlightening workshops and educational exhibits."

Registration will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, followed by various rallies hosted by affinity groups. Monday's registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the first round of workshops beginning at 8:30 a.m.

"It is our hope and prayer that this year's gathering is both informational and inspirational," said Executive Director David Hardage. "The challenges in front of us as a convention are significant. Texas continues to grow and change. As a family of churches we, too, are working to adjust properly and effectively in order to touch the people of this state with the Great Commandment and to impact Texas, and beyond, with the Great Commission."

Workshops on Monday and Tuesday will cover a variety of topics that center around Baptist legacy. For one workshop called "Baptist Distinctives," former BGCT executive directors Dr. Bill Pinson, Dr. Charles Wade and Dr. Randel Everett will join current Executive Director Dr. David Hardage in a panel discussion.

Other workshops include "How Great a Salvation!" led by Dr. Todd Still, dean of Truett Seminary in Waco; "Minister Spouses: The Real Two-for-One Deal" led by BGCT president Kathy Hillman and ministers' wives Kathleen Hardage and Donna Vernon; "Advocacy as Evangelism" led by Kathryn Freeman, director of public policy for the Christian Life Commission; and many more workshops covering enlightening topics.

Each day will also comprise of business sessions and worship sessions. Resolutions and nominations will be made available here after Oct. 12. Childcare will be provided for infants to children at 5-years-old, upon request.

During Monday evening's worship session, Dr. Joel Gregory, professor of preaching at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and Dr. Ralph West, pastor of The Church Without Walls in Houston, will give their perspectives on various Baptist Distinctives.

Concluding the gathering on Tuesday evening, The Singing Men of Texas will host a concert at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in Allen in commemoration of the group's 40th anniversary.
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