Editor’s Note: In the print edition of this story it was mistakenly reported that scholars D.A. Carson, Tom Schreiner and Bruce Ware would be featured speakers. Rather, Carson, Schreiner and Ware will be featured speakers at the Pastors’ Conference preceding the annual meeting. The Pathway apologizes for the mistake and is glad to correct it.
KANSAS CITY — Messengers representing churches affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention (MBC) are gathering Oct. 28-30 at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center for their 179th annual meeting. The theme is “The Holy Way,” taken from Isaiah 35:8, “A road will be there and a way; it will be called the Holy Way.”
Wesley Hammond, MBC president and senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Paris, and MBC Executive Director John Yeats address the convention on Monday evening. Eddie Bumpers, senior pastor of Crossway Baptist Church, Springfield, presents the annual sermon Tuesday morning.
Fred Luter, senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, La., is the headline speaker on Wednesday. Luter is serving his second term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Contemporary Christian artists, Veritas, are in concert.
Prior to the annual meeting, noted scholars D.A. Carson, Thomas R. Schreiner, and Bruce Ware lead the Pastor’s Conference, designed to lead Missouri Baptists to a richer understanding of scripture and a deeper walk of faith.
During business sessions, attendees hear reports from the convention’s executive board, staff, committees and agencies. In addition, Robert E. Coleman, distinguished professor of evangelism and discipleship at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Dhati Lewis, lead pastor at Blueprint Church in Atlanta, lead the CORE Conference. With sessions Tuesday afternoon and evening, CORE focuses on the core value of missional living while engaging listeners through informed teaching and interactive Q&A.
MBC President Wesley Hammond presides over the annual meeting. Local churches elect messengers to the convention; the messengers in turn select a new slate of officers and vote on other business matters.
All sessions are open to the public.
In addition to the reports, messengers introduce, debate and vote on motions, or actions they wish the convention’s executive board, staff, committees, or agencies to take. They also may introduce, debate, and vote on a variety of resolutions, which express the opinion of messengers on particular issues.
The annual meeting begins with pre-session music at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 and concludes with the benediction at noon on Oct. 30. The Missouri Baptist Pastors’ Conference also is held at the Sheraton from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 28.
Complete details are available at mobaptist.org/annualmeeting.
MBC Communications Team Leader
Media credentials and interviews
Media badges are required for access to the convention floor and press tables located near the front. Badges and media packets may be obtained from the MBC Administrative Office in the Sheraton Grand Ballroom foyer on the Ballroom Level after 8 a.m. Oct. 28.
The MBC administrative staff will make every effort to schedule and coordinate interviews with convention leaders and program personalities if requested. Contact Rob Phillips, MBC communications team leader, at 573.301.1059 for more information.
Special Note to Media
Filming and videotaping are prohibited in all annual meeting sessions.