John Thweatt says that as he looks across the landscape of the Alabama Baptist State Convention, the thing that keeps coming to mind is God’s faithfulness. He sees it in the way God has provided financially for missions, both here and beyond. And he’s seen it in the way God has brought people to himself through those ministries.
“He has been good to us,” said Thweatt, convention president and pastor of First Baptist Church, Pell City, in St. Clair Baptist Association.
With that in mind, when Thweatt thinks about the convention’s upcoming annual meeting, he said he is “looking forward to hearing about God’s faithfulness over the last year.”
Time is now
Faithful — that’s the theme of this year’s annual meeting, set for Nov. 13–14 at First Baptist Church, Trussville, in Birmingham Baptist Association.
All throughout the meeting, Alabama Baptists will be encouraged to celebrate God’s faithfulness — and live a life of faithfulness themselves, said Rick Lance, executive director of the Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions (SBOM).
“If there has ever been a time in our world and in the life of our nation when Christians should be faithful, that time is now,” Lance said.
The annual meeting offers a time for Alabama Baptists to gather as a family and rally around that kind of faithfulness, he said.
The Tuesday evening session will feature Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. It also will feature worship led by an intergenerational choir made up of the Alabama Baptist Children’s Honor Choir members (both current and alumni) and members of the Alabama Singing Men and Alabama Singing Women.
On Tuesday morning, Thweatt will give his president’s address, and Wednesday morning the convention sermon will be given by Terrence Jones, pastor of Strong Tower at Washington Park, Montgomery, in Montgomery Baptist Association.
Lance said he also looks forward to highlighting different state Baptist ministries, including the Yellow Shirt Army of Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers.
“Even now many of them are deployed, or have been recently, in North Carolina, which is still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence,” he said.
During the meeting, the SBOM also will present the budget and audit, as well as a motion to offer direction in future ministry priorities known as Beyond 2020.
For more information visit alsbom.org/convention or call Charleen Hobbs at 334-613-2231.