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There is little reason for any Georgia Baptist to say he or she cannot participate in Crossover because they don’t have the time or financial means to travel to Arizona. There are a variety of ways for Georgia Baptists to share in this year’s event, from participating in block parties on location or networking and praying from home.

Remember, Crossover is just one part of this summer’s missions experiences. The week following Crossover – June 12-15 – the Southern Baptist Convention is meeting in downtown Phoenix and will feature a missionary commissioning service of both the North American Mission Board and International Mission Board.

In addition, the schedule has been tightened up and will have fewer business sessions and no night sessions so families can spend time together. Don’t forget the pre-convention meetings on June 13 when the Woman’s Missionary Union and Pastors’ Conference will be held.

Joe Westbury/Index

The historic baptistry window in the former sanctuary of First Southern Baptist Church of Tucson brings together all the symbols of Christianity and the Old West – the cross and crown, spring blooming cacti, towering saquaro, and earthtones of the Southwest canyons.

But it all begins the week prior to the annual meeting with the Crossover emphasis. Some events are held during the week, but most will be held on Saturday, June 11. Volunteers will be needed as far as a month in advance to lay the groundwork and the week after the event to work on perhaps the most important element besides advance planning – discipleship and followup.

Here are a few ways you can participate in this year’s event.

 

To volunteer

The official website, www.crossover2011.org, can give you an overview and provide you with detailed information as soon as it becomes available. Click on the “Crossover Opportunities” tab to learn how you can be involved. For more information email questions to info@crossover2011.org or call (800) 687-2431.

The site also has a link to participating associations and a downloadable flyer to distribute in your church. There is also link to The Bridge website, sponsored by the North American Mission Board, were volunteers can create an account and view volunteer opportunities as soon as they are posted.

Important note: Inner City Evangelism (ICE), a weeklong witnessing effort that leads up to the primary one-day Crossover event, is referred to as Community Evangelism in Arizona. The traditional Southern Baptist “ICE” term has negative connotations among undocumented residents who avoid confrontation with the government-run Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Volunteers wanting to participate in the week-long Community Evangelism effort are encouraged to contact Victor Benavides at NAMB at vbenavides@namb.net. Advance training is necessary to participate.

 

To pray

Shelia Jones is heading up the prayer effort and is urging individuals to sign up to receive email prayer requests, utilize the online virtual prayer website, prayer walk on-site prior to and during events, and visit the prayer room at the annual meeting. Currently, daily prayer concerns are being posted to the sites; the virtual prayer website, which should be online by late February, can be accessed at http://crossover2011.org/?page_id=54. “We would love to have thousands of prayer warriors connected with us on these sites,” she said. “Our vision is to host online prayer meetings through Facebook chat. Wouldn’t it be great to have daily or even hourly prayer meetings across the time zones?”

Jones can be reached at sjonesaz@aol.com. Be sure to place “Crossover Prayer” in your subject line to receive expedited attention.

 

Social networking

Twitter

If you enjoy tweeting, join the Twitter experience and follow like-minded friends at twitter.com/sbcpray4az.

Facebook

Individuals who enjoy online communities can join the prayer effort’s Facebook community at www.facebook.com/SBCpray4AZ.