Founders Fellowship Breakfast at Orlando ConventionDuring the 1994 Southern Baptist Convention in Orlando, Florida a special breakfast has been planned to provide an opportunity for fellowship among all who are interested in the theological and spiritual renewal of our denomination. On Wednesday morning, June 15, a full breakfast will be served at the Peabody Hotel across the street from the convention center. We will hear from some special speakers and get an update on encouraging happenings in the SBC. Cost for the breakfast is $11.50. Reservations should be made by contacting Pastor Greg Elmquist, Orlando Grace Church, P. O. Box 940305, Maitland, FL 32794, (407) 660-1984. Early reservations are encouraged. Space is limited.
New Member Added to SBFC Planning CommitteeHal Wynn, pastor of the Northside Baptist Church in North Fort Myers, Florida, has recently become a part of the Founders Conference Planning Committee. Hal is the founding pastor of Northside where he has served for more than 13 years. He earned a Bachelor of Divinity at Luther Rice seminary. He is very active in the Royal Palm Baptist Association of churches and has served both as Moderator and President of the Pastors' Conference. Hal and his wife, Mamie, have one daughter, Lisa.
Foreign Mission Board Assesses ConvertsThe October/November issue of The Commission magazine reports that as many as half of those who have been baptized on foreign mission fields drop out of church membership within two years. In response to this, "FMB researchers and field personnel are tailoring discipleship programs to help preserve church membership in areas where the drop-out rate is high." The FMB is to be commended for addressing this problem. Researchers should not overlook the possibility that part of the problem may lie in some of the evangelistic methods which have been employed in such areas.
1994 Founders Conference Set New RecordOver 270 registered for the 1994 Southern Baptist Founders Conference which met in Birmingham, Alabama last July. Many of those who traveled from all over the United States and several foreign countries were first-time attenders. Dr. John MacArthur, the keynote speaker, preached three heart-stirring messages which were drawn largely from the theme of his latest book, Ashamed of the Gospel. These evening sessions were opened to the public and drew large crowds from the surrounding communities.
The other messages were of a high caliber, as well, and wonderfully addressed
the theme, "The Minister and the Ministry." Cassette tapes of the
sermons are available through Dick Cook of Sound Word Associates, P. O. Box
2035 Michigan City, IN 46360.
Mission 150 Update
At the beginning of 1994 Mission 150 is experiencing the evident
blessing of God as demonstrated in prayerful and financial support. Boosted by
$6000 in gifts and pledges that were received at the Founders Conference in
Birmingham, the goal of $50,000 is already within reach. Many have petitioned
us to consider sending the special sesquicentennial issue of the journal not
only to pastors, but also to seminary and college professors as well as
denominational employees and missionaries. If additional gifts are received
which will allow for the expense of this enlarged vision, then it most
certainly will be attempted. Earnest prayers for this undertaking are urgently
solicited. Pray for the writers and editors. Pray for those who will receive
the journal. Pray that the financial pledges which have been made will be
fulfilled. Pray for the resources to send the journal to SBC educators,
employees, and missionaries.
Founders YOUTH Conference
The Southern Baptist Founders YOUTH Conference is scheduled for June
27-July 1 at Panama City Beach, Florida. Dr. Don Whitney, pastor Glenfield
Baptist Church of Glen Ellyn, IL and Mr. Jim Elliff, Director of Christian
Communicators Worldwide, will be speaking on the theme "Real
Discipleship: Who Are You Following?" Cost is $175.00 per person. A
$60.00 registration deposit is due by April 1. Mail registrations to:
Conference Secretary, P. O. Box 5321, Shreveport, LA 71135-5321; 318/798-7088
or FAX 318/798-7086.