May 5, 2003

SBC meeting features family theme, familiar faces
___When the Southern Baptist Convention convenes in Phoenix June 17-18, family will be the theme, and lots of familiar faces will fill the podium.
___Tennessee pastor Adrian Rogers, who has spoken at either the SBC annual meeting or SBC Pastors' Conference nearly every year for the past two decades, will be among the keynote speakers at the Phoenix Civic Plaza. He and three others will deliver thematic sermons on "Kingdom Challenge," which blends the convention's emphasis on the Empowering Kingdom Growth initiative and a Kingdom Family Rally slated for the night before the convention formally begins.
___Others delivering keynote messages will be Daniel Akin, dean of the school of theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.; Ed Young, pastor of Second Baptist Church in Houston; and Jim Richards, executive director of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.
___Annuity Board President O.S. Hawkins of Dallas will bring the convention sermon. Author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar will speak Wednesday night.
___In a new twist, the Kingdom Family Rally on Monday evening, June 16, will blend elements from the annual Pastors' Conference into the SBC annual meeting. The rally has been planned by the SBC Council of Family Life, chaired by Tom Elliff, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church of Del City, Okla.
___The council will unveil its standard for all Christian families, called the "Seven Pillars of a Kingdom Family."
___Following this strategy, Elliff said, would "virtually divorce-proof the families of the future."
___"Southern Baptists around the world will be encouraged to embrace with their hearts (the Seven Pillars of a Kingdom Family) as guiding principles for personal and family life," he said.
___The seven pillars are honoring God's authority, respecting human life, exercising moral purity, serving the church, using time wisely, practicing biblical stewardship and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ
___The document begins with a preamble that declares a Christians' "desire to glorify the Lord by giving my own earthly family relationships the interest and care they so richly deserve" and committing to "God's plan for my life and family" by following the seven pillars.
___Personalities involved in the family program will include Dennis and Barbara Rainey of FamilyLife Today, Elliff and his wife, Jeannie; recording artist Steve Green and his wife, Marijean. Houston author and speaker Beth Moore and James and Shirley Dobson of Focus on the Family are scheduled to speak via video.
___Rogers, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in suburban Memphis, Tenn., will speak immediately before the rally, in addition to his message during the SBC annual session.
___During the convention session, SBC President Jack Graham is expected to be nominated and elected to a second one-year term.
___Messengers will conduct routine business but also will be asked to approve redirecting $125,000 of Cooperative Program funding away from the Baptist World Alliance and into a new SBC-controlled effort to work with Baptist groups worldwide.
___The Celebration Choir and Orchestra of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano will perform throughout the convention. Chris & Diane Machen, concert artists from Prestonwood, also will perform.
___Recording artist Charles Billingsley will perform with the Liberty University Praise Band.

___Pastors' Conference
___The SBC's family life theme will spill over into the annual Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference in Phoenix June 15-16.
___Pastors' Conference President Mac Brunson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, said the emphasis is needed because America's families, including pastors' families, need spiritual awakening.
___Speakers include evangelist Hank Williams of Asheboro, N.C.; Howard Hendricks of Dallas Theological Seminary; author and speaker Josh McDowell; Chip Roberson, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Chesapeake, Va.; humorist Dennis Swanberg of Monroe, La.; Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga.; Ken Whitten, pastor of Idlewild Baptist Church in Tampa, Fla.; Ted Traylor, pastor of Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola, Fla.; Tommy Nelson, pastor of Denton Bible Church in Denton; David Jeremiah, pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, Calif.; and Rogers.

___Woman's Missionary Union
___Brenda Ladun, award-winning news anchor, author and breast cancer survivor, will be the keynote speaker for Woman's Missionary Union's annual meeting June 15-16 in Phoenix.
___In her book "Getting Better, Not Bitter," Ladun wrote about her spiritual transformation through battling breast cancer. For her pioneering work in bringing breast cancer awareness to television viewers, she received national awards from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Cancer Society. She also has won six Associated Press awards and an Emmy nomination for best anchor. Ladun, who ran a marathon within a year of her diagnosis, currently is training to climb Mount Kilamanjaro with other cancer survivors.
___She credits her family, Christian friends and faith in God with seeing her through her struggle with cancer.
___Other leaders of WMU's Missions Celebration will include Karla Worley, author, musician and worship leader; Debra Berry, author and WMU ministry consultant for African-American audiences; Mary Kaye Wonner, worship leader; and Janet Hoffman, WMU national president. In addition, personnel of the North American Mission Board and International Mission Board will be featured during each session of the meeting.

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