NASHVILLE (BP) - Though the Southern Baptist Convention had to cancel its 2020 Annual Meeting, Southern Baptists will still have an opportunity to hear from their entity leaders. Leaders will address the Southern Baptist Convention through an online event June 2 hosted by the convention's Executive Committee.
The two-hour online event, SBC Advance, will not replace the Annual Meeting. Instead, it will provide ministry updates from and interviews with all SBC entity leaders, auxiliary heads and SBC President J.D. Greear. The event will be livestreamed at sbc.net/advance at 1:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Tuesday, June 2. Presentations will include video updates from the entities, annual reports, audited financial statements, and other information.
SBC Advance will highlight "what God is doing through our churches and the work we are doing together regionally, statewide, nationally and internationally," according to Ronnie Floyd. Floyd serves as the SBC Executive Committee's president and CEO. Floyd described the event's aims as informational and inspirational. "It will also lead us to have a greater commitment and sharper focus on sharing the Good News of Jesus with the whole world," he said. All Southern Baptists (church members, pastors, staff members, denominational employees and missionaries) can view the event.
Greear will present a presidential update. "Southern Baptists have always united around the need to see people come to saving faith in Jesus," he said. "SBC Advance will allow us to hear about the great things God is doing and will call us to seek His face for the future."
The 2020 SBC Annual Meeting was scheduled in Orlando, June 9-10. But, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Southern Baptist leaders to cancel the event for the first time since World War II.
"We must not lose connection to one another nor waver in our shared commitment to get the Gospel to the nations," IMB President Paul Chitwood said in a statement. "SBC Advance will help us do what we must do: keep our focus on our mission."