Texas Baptists emphasize living “compelled to serve” at 2019 Annual Meeting


WACO— The Baptist General Convention of Texas will gather for the 134th Annual Meeting from Nov. 17-19, at the Waco Convention Center. Texas Baptists are emphasizing the need to live compelled to serve through keynote speakers, exceptional workshops on evangelism and discipleship, powerful worship times and informative business sessions.

“Our annual gathering is such a special time for the Texas Baptists family to join together in fellowship,” said David Hardage, executive director. “This year’s focus on evangelism and discipleship is much needed and will strengthen our churches, ministry partners and convention staff for important ministry in the days to come.”

Featured speakers throughout the event include Duane Brooks, pastor of Tallowood Baptist Church in Houston; Victor Rodriguez, Hispanic Evangelism associate and Discipleship specialist for Texas Baptists; Michael Evans, Texas Baptists president and pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Mansfield; and David Hardage, Texas Baptists executive director. 

Worship will be led by the Singing Men of Texas; Dan Baker, minister of music at First Baptist Church in Amarillo; the Texas Country Boys, a country and Gospel music band; and Jared Billups and the worship team from Highland Baptist Church in Waco. 

Texas Baptists’ Hispanic and African American Ministries will host worship rallies on Sunday evening. The Hispanic Rally will be at First Baptist Woodway and the African American Rally is hosted by Greater Ebenezer Baptist Church.  

During the business sessions, messengers will elect officers and vote on the 2020 proposed budget, nominations for affiliated boards and ministries, resolutions and more.
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Twenty-three workshops will be offered on topics including evangelism, preaching, missional culture, foster care ministry, new believer discipleship and church revitalization. Attendees are encouraged to stop by exhibit halls throughout the three-day event to learn more about Texas Baptists resources, partnering ministries and institutions, and for networking and fellowship. 

Numerous meals and receptions will be hosted by Texas Baptists ministries and partners. During the Texas Baptist Missions Foundation Awards Luncheon on Nov. 18, awards will be presented to Lee and Ruthie Baggett; Faith in Action Initiatives at Baylor Scott & White Health; and Mission Waco - Mission World

Texas Baptists churches can pre-register messengers online here. Additionally, messenger cards can be requested by calling 1-888-244-9400. Visitors are welcome to attend all sessions and can register on-site at the registration desk.

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