BGCO Annual Meeting theme: ‘Engage’
The theme for the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma (BGCO) is “Engage,” focusing on the text of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (NKJV).
The convention’s messengers will gather Nov. 9-10 at Moore, First.
BGCO President Emerson Falls, pastor of Oklahoma City, Glorieta, will preside over the business sessions, along with first and second vice presidents Aaron Summers, pastor of Perry, First, and Blake Gideon, pastor of Inola, First. Program personalities include Jonathan Falwell, senior pastor of Thomas Road Church in Lynchburg, Va., who will preach at 8:35 p.m., Monday; Ergun Caner, president of Liberty Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, Va., who will present the meeting’s concluding sermon at 7 p.m., Tuesday; Hance Dilbeck, senior pastor of Oklahoma City, Quail Springs, who will present the meeting’s annual sermon at 3:40 p.m.,Tuesday, and Anthony Jordan, BGCO executive director-treasurer, who will deliver his annual address at 11:05 a.m. Tuesday. Also, Falls will present his president’s address at 7:15 p.m., Monday.
“Our hope is that through our time together, we might gain a fresh perspective on what it truly means to engage our culture with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ,” Jordan said. “While we assemble to do the business of the Convention, our prayer is that God might be glorified in all we do together. Each Oklahoma Baptist congregation is critical to the advancement of the Gospel as they extend their reach beyond their walls through our cooperative efforts to the ends of the Earth.”
During business sessions, messengers will review the 2010 annual budget for the Convention and hear reports of Oklahoma Baptist ministries across the state.
In a special presentation at 2:55 p.m., Tuesday, The Baptist Messenger will unveil its new Web site and re-design of the paper.
“The new baptistmessenger.com will bring together the latest technologies of videos, podcasts and compelling news writing to better extend our reach as a viable resource to pastors, church leaders and all evengelicals in our effort to serve the church, advance the Gospel and engage the culture,” said executive editor Douglas E. Baker. “Our prayer is that this resource will combine with a new re-designed print edition to enable the Baptist Messenger to remain a trusted media source across Oklahoma and the world.”
The meeting begins with pre-session music by the “Baptist Big Band,” led by Ken Gabrielse, BGCO worship and music ministries specialist.