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'Kingdom Forever' is SBC focus for June 15-16 meeting in Indy


INDIANAPOLIS (BP) — Southern Baptists will gather in Indianapolis June 15-16, continuing their Empowering Kingdom Growth initiative.

The theme “Kingdom Forever’ is drawn from Matthew 6:13 – “For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.” It is the second consecutive year in which the theme has centered on the EKG (Empowering Kingdom Growth) initiative, which began in 2002.

The annual meeting will feature “Kingdom Challenge” sermons by such speakers as David Jeremiah and Franklin Graham, singing by the Gaither Vocal Band, and will coincide with the release of “EKG: The Heartbeat of God,” written by EKG national strategist Kenneth Hemphill.

Some significant business matters will be presented to messengers, including:

The Baptist World Alliance. Messengers are scheduled to vote on a recommendation adopted by the Executive Committee to withdraw from the Baptist World Alliance.

Sole membership. A motion pertaining to New Orleans Seminary and sole membership may be considered.

Annuity Board name change. Messengers will consider a proposal to change the Annuity Board’s name and expand its ministry opportunities.

Jack Graham will preside over his final convention, having served his second one-year term. Bobby Welch, pastor of First Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fla., is expected to be nominated to succeed Graham.

The week prior to the convention, hundreds of Southern Baptists will come together for “Crossover Indiana,” an evangelism-focused strategy that uses block parties, door-to-door visits and other efforts to spread the Gospel in and around Indianapolis. In addition, in an effort to plug new believers into churches, harvest revival services will be held June 10-12 in churches across the region.

Messengers wishing to propose resolutions must submit them at least 15 days prior to the annual meeting, giving the Resolutions Committee a two-week period in which to consider them. Detailed guidelines on submitting resolutions are available on the Internet at