Meals offer fellowship time for SBTC messengers and guests

September 24th, 2019 / By: Stephanie Heading / comments

Meals offer fellowship time for SBTC messengers and guests

Multiple groups will gather in conjunction with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention annual meeting, Oct. 28-29, at First Baptist Church, Odessa. Meetings will include pre-convention events beginning Sunday evening, Oct. 27, and Monday, Oct. 28, as well as gatherings during the convention.

Spanish session & reception
The Spanish Session and Reception will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27, in the Old Sanctuary at First Odessa. The evening will feature worship, led by Grupo VII, prayer, testimonies and a message from Oscar Tortolero, mobilizer from the International Mission Board. A reception with finger foods will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall.

Interim training
Monday’s events begin with “Today’s Interim Pastor” training from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Parlor. This seminar focuses on training interim pastors who will be able to use their experience, training and ministry gifts to provide high-quality leadership to pastorless churches that are in a time of transition. The cost to attend this class is $49 per person and you must register online in order to attend.

Look Like Heaven symposium
What do you do when the demographics of your church do not reflect the demographics of the community you have been called to reach? The “Look Like Heaven” symposium will help church leaders find the answer to this question and many others related to engaging, reflecting and reaching your community. The pre-session symposium kicks off in the Old Sanctuary at noon on Monday, Oct. 28, and ends at 4 p.m., and features speakers Gary Smith and Jason Paredes of Fielder Church, Arlington, and Randal Lyle of Meadowridge Church, Fort Worth. Lunch will be provided only for the first 50 attendees and no registration is required.

Missions Dinner
Monday evening attendees will have the opportunity to gather for the Missions Dinner from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Downtown Room, featuring a panel discussion on a Church Planting Pipeline. Speakers include Danny Forshee, pastor at Great Hills Baptist Church, Austin; Steve Cochran, pastor at CrossWalk Church, Round Rock; Josh Ellis, executive director of Union Baptist Association; and Jason Crandall, pastor at CityView Church, Pearland. Cost of
attending the Missions Dinner is $10 per person.

Church revitalization
Pastors, deacons, and church leaders who are interested in church revitalization are encouraged to attend the Church Revitalization Dinner in the Fellowship Hall from 4:30-6 p.m. Hosted by Kenneth Priest, SBTC director of convention strategies, and Rodney Harrison, MBTS dean of post-graduate studies, the dinner will address the topic of revitalization in the local church and steps a pastor can take to begin the process. The SBTC revitalization team will be available immediately after dinner for questions. The cost to attend is $10 per person.

NextGen Late Night
Pastors and wives younger than 40-years-old are invited to the NextGen Late Night from 9-10 p.m. in the Uptown Room to have coffee and dessert with Paul Chitwood. Childcare is available when requested at pre-registration. Come connect with other young pastors and wives, interact with Dr. Chitwood and walk away with free gifts and resources. Cost is $10 per person. Register by Oct. 27.
Activities begin early on Tuesday, Oct. 29 with three alumni and friends breakfast meetings.

SWBTS breakfast
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Alumni and Friends Breakfast will meet in the Fellowship Hall from 7-8:30 a.m. President Adam Greenway will give an update from Seminary Hill. Cost is $10 per person.

SBTS breakfast
Southern Seminary Alumni and Friends will meet in the Parlor from 7-8:30 a.m. for a time of breakfast and fellowship. Edward Heinze will share about all that God has done in and through Southern Seminary and Boyce College in the past year. Cost is $10 per person.

Criswell College breakfast
The Downtown Room will play host to the Criswell College Alumni and Friends Breakfast from 7:30-9 a.m. Alumni and friends of Criswell College will have a time of food and fellowship as they enjoy a panel discussion on the joys and challenges facing pastors of average-sized churches.

President’s breakouts
Fellowship meals and meetings end with the President’s Panel breakout sessions from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Breakout sessions on evangelism, mental health, religious liberty and sexual abuse prevention will take place in two different 40-minute time slots. Attendees will be able to select two of the available topics. The President’s Panel is free and includes a box lunch. No registration is required.
Registration for any of the meals can be accessed at

Childcare is available for newborns through 9-year-olds during the annual meeting sessions beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28. Pre-registration is
required and is open through Oct. 21. No childcare registration will be taken on site.
For questions concerning messenger registration or childcare, visit or call 877-953-SBTC.

Resolutions give convention messengers an opportunity to express a consensus statement on timely public issues, or to speak prophetically regarding issues of specific interest to Southern Baptist churches. Any member of an SBTC church may submit a resolution to the resolutions committee. The committee will consider submitted resolutions and produce a report to convention messengers for their consideration.

The deadline for submitting a resolution for the 2019 annual meeting is Friday, Oct. 18. All submissions must include the name, church membership, phone number and email address of the submitter. Mailed submissions must be typewritten for the sake of legibility. Email resolutions to Gayla Sullivan at or mail to SBTC, Gayla Sullivan, PO Box 1988, Grapevine, TX 76099.