Newsjournal of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan | May 2023 | Volume 67, Number 5
SBC PASTORS' CONFERENCE
ST. LOUIS, MO – This year’s Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference will focus on the theme “LIVE THIS!” The theme is a reference to equipping pastors to do the work of evangelists. John Meador, Pastors’ Conference president shared, “I don’t think anybody can deny we are at an all-time low in evangelism. I don’t think anyone can deny that no one is going to change this unless the pastor does.” Meador is adamant this year’s Pastors’ Conference is more critical and crucial than ever before.
The conference begins on Sunday evening, June 12, 2016 at the America’s Center in St. Louis. Local pastor, Noah Oldham, from August Gate Church begins the two day event.
Oldham is followed by renown speaker, preacher, author James MacDonald, pastor of the Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, IL.
Monday morning David Platt, president of the International Mission Board in Richmond, VA will begin the day at 9 o’clock. Byron McWilliams follows. McWilliams is pastor of First Baptist Church, Odessa, TX. After the lunch break, pastor Jack Graham from Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX will speak as well as Ed Stetzer, Executive Director of LifeWay Research in Nashville, TN.
By Monday evening the 2016 Pastors’ Conference is in full swing, just one day before the opening ceremony of the SBC Annual Meeting. Jimmy Scoggins, pastor of Family Church in West Palm Beach, FL begins and pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, CA concludes the event.
While the conference is considered to be outdated and for the “old guys” by many younger pastors, the hope is to entice them to take a second look. The power of the Holy Spirit is poured out during these sermons. God is at work. Who doesn’t want to be a part of that?