Published October 30, 2014
MACON — Nearly 1,500 Georgia Baptist messengers will gather at Ingleside Baptist Church Nov. 10-11 for their annual meeting. The theme, “Revive 2014,” is based on Psalm 85:6.
The two-day meeting will be preceded by a Sunday, Nov. 9 inspirational rally at the church. Speaker for the 6 p.m. worship service will be Mel Blackaby, pastor of First Baptist Church of Jonesboro.
The evening’s music will be provided by the church choir and musicians under the direction of Jonathan Green, worship arts pastor. The rally is expected to conclude at 7:45 p.m. at the church located at 834 Wimbish Road in Macon.
This year’s annual meeting will feature five informal Coffee Shop Talk chat gatherings with program personalities. The first, with Blackaby, will follow the Sunday evening rally at 7:45 p.m. in the church’s Gathering Area.
Each gathering will last about 15 minutes.
Convention President Don Hattaway, senior pastor of Tabernacle Baptist Church of Cartersville, will call the convention into session at 6 p.m. Monday night, Nov. 10. The evening will consist of reports from Southern Baptist Convention agencies and the Convention sermon delivered by Hattaway.
Keith and Kristyn Getty, world-renown Irish musicians known largely for their modern hymns, will be providing special music for the service. The Nashville, TN-based couple has performed around the world and are perhaps best known for their song “In Christ Alone.”
The musicians were featured in an interview with The Index in the Oct. 2 issue which can be viewed online at www.christianindex.org.
Congregational singing will be led by GBC state missionary Jon Duncan.
A special 10-minute focus on prayer will be led at 6:25 p.m. by Claude King of LifeWay Christian Resources.
Call to renewal
The first session for miscellaneous business is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.
Hattaway’s sermon is scheduled to be delivered at 7:15 p.m. The north Georgia pastor, who chose the Revive2014 theme for the sessions, has built his first term on calling Georgia Baptist churches to pray for spiritual renewal.
The missionary sermon will be delivered by Bowen Associational Missionary Ken Cloud at 8:30 p.m. The session will adjourn at 9 p.m. and be followed by the Coffee Shop Talk with King.
On Tuesday, Nov. 11, the third Coffee Shop Talk will begin at 8:45 a.m. with Bill Elliff, senior teaching pastor at The Summit Church in North Little Rock, AR.
The morning session will open at 9 a.m. and largely consist of additional reports, the most noteworthy being from the GBC Executive Committee at 9:45 a.m. The Freedom Sound vocal ensemble from LaGrange will bring special music for the morning session.
The proposed 2015 GBC budget, which will be presented by the Executive Committee for vote later in the day, features a $1.4 million reduction from the current $41,800,000 budget. If approved by messengers, the new budget will take effect on Jan. 1 and will bring the state convention to funding levels not seen since 1998. It is currently operating at a year 2000 funding level.
A second miscellaneous business agenda time is set for 10:50 a.m.
The doctrinal sermon by Tez Andrews, pastor of Connect Church in Decatur, will be delivered at 11:30 a.m. The session will adjourn for lunch at noon, immediately followed by a 15-minute Coffee Shop Talk with Claude King.
The day’s second and final session will be preceded with a 1:45 p.m. Coffee Shop Talk with Bill Elliff. The session will follow at 2 p.m. and is expected to conclude at 5:55 p.m. Special music will be provided by the Jubal Chorus.
Messengers will hear additional reports, with the Committee on Nominations being the most prominent. That report details the names of individuals who have been chosen to serve on various committees for the GBC.
GBC Executive Director J. Robert White will deliver the Mission Georgia State Missions Report at 2:45 p.m. The Election of Officers will follow at 3:55 p.m. with Hattaway expected to be nominated for a customary second one-year term.
The closing message will be delivered by Elliff at 5:05 p.m. followed by a Focus on Prayer with King at 5:40 p.m.
Newly elected officers will be installed at 5:50 p.m. prior to the closing benediction at 5:55 p.m.
Next years’ annual meeting will be held Nov. 9-10 at Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, followed by the Nov. 14-15, 2016 meeting at Calvary Baptist Temple Savannah.
To view the program online see the Oct. 16 issue of The Index or view online at connectgbc.com and click on “Schedule.”
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