Steve Gaines calls for 21-day fast before Phoenix SBC

 
EDITOR'S NOTE: The full text of SBC President Steve Gaines' call to prayer is printed below. Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines has called Southern Baptists to 21 days of prayer and fasting leading up to the SBC annual meeting in Phoenix. The fast will begin May 23 and end June 12, the day preceding the June 13-14 SBC annual meeting, Gaines announced May 18th in a written call to prayer. He defined fasting as "doing without something in order to focus more ...

Gaines to be nominated for second term as SBC president

 
Tennessee pastor Steve Gaines will be nominated for a second term as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, his son Grant has announced. Gaines "has led the convention faithfully" over the past year and been "marked by ... godly traits," Grant Gaines, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Jackson, Tenn., wrote in a statement to Baptist Press announcing his intent to nominate his father at the June 13-14 SBC annual meeting in Phoenix. Steve Gaines, pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church ...

2017 SBC annual meeting program released

 
The program for the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting has been released. The meeting will convene at the Phoenix Convention Center Tuesday, June 13, at 8:15 a.m. and conclude Wednesday, June 14, at 4:55 p.m. A full schedule follows. TUESDAY MORNING, JUNE 13, 2017 8:15: Opening worship—Mark Blair, Convention music director; music minister, Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, Tenn. 8:25: Welcome and call to order—Steve Gaines, SBC president; senior pastor, Bellevue Baptist Church, Cordova, Tenn. Announcement of Committee on Committees, Credentials Committee, Tellers, ...

Complete overview for SBC's 2017 annual meeting in Phoenix

 
As this year's Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting approaches, SBC President Steve Gaines says fellow Baptists should anticipate emphases on prayer, evangelism and financial stewardship at the June 13-14 gathering in Phoenix, where the 2003 and 2011 annual meetings also were held. This year's annual meeting theme is "Pray! For such a time as this" based on Luke 18:1 and Esther 4:14. Gaines hopes that through a commitment "to fervent, frequent, faith-filled prayer," the SBC will become "a catalyst for spiritual awakening and revival." "...

Event planners reserve more hotel rooms for SBC Phoenix 2017

 
Apparent interest in the Southern Baptist Convention's upcoming annual meeting has necessitated an increase in hotel room availability for attendees the second consecutive year, an event coordinator said. The SBC Executive Committee has reserved an additional 500 rooms for the 2017 meeting June 13-14 in Phoenix, said Bill Townes, SBC Executive Committee vice president for convention finance. The previously reserved block of rooms, he noted, was fully booked as early as March. "We often fine tune our hotel blocks as we monitor ...

Committee on Resolutions named for 2017 SBC annual meeting

 
Southern Baptist Convention President Steve Gaines has named the members of the Committee on Resolutions for the June 13-14 SBC annual meeting in Phoenix. Gaines, pastor of Memphis-area Bellevue Baptist Church, appointed the committee in keeping with the provision in SBC Bylaw 20 that its members be named 75 days prior to the start of the annual meeting. Gaines named Barrett Duke of Montana as committee chairman. Duke is the newly elected executive director of the Montana Southern Baptist Convention and a ...

SBC 2017 Phoenix registration opens Feb. 1

 
Registration opens Feb. 1 for the Southern Baptist Convention 2017 Annual Meeting June 13-14 at the Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St. in Phoenix. Registration will be available around the clock at www.SBCAnnualMeeting.net for messengers and guests. Through online messenger registration at the www.SBCAnnualMeeting.net tab, each messenger will receive an eight-digit registration code to present at the annual meeting's Express Registration lane in Phoenix. The code will be entered into a computer at the SBC registration area and ...

Theme selected for 2017 SBC annual meeting in Phoenix

 
"Pray! For such a time as this" is the theme for the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting June 13-14 in Phoenix, anchored by Esther 4:14 and Luke 11:1, SBC President Steve Gaines has announced. Prayer should be the top priority of every Christian, Gaines said in an interview outlining his choice. "The Southern Baptist Convention needs to be a people of prayer," Gaines said in the interview with SBC LIFE, journal of the SBC. "Only then will God send the power we ...