PHOENIX Az. The Southern Baptist Convention opens its first-ever Kingdom Family Rally in Phoenix, June 16-18. The conference, open to church staff members families and lay people, is the SBCs effort to bolster marriage in America. Events include testimonies, videos, concerts and a Frontiers of Faith day camp for youth.
Children attending the conference will work as a team of cowboys and cowgirls at the Wild Wests Lawless Gulch ranch, where the townsfolk had just been introduced to the Ten Commandments. The childrens camp, specially planned to complement the SBCs KFR, will provide teaching and activities for children in grades one through six.
"The new children's conference is another step to support and encourage the entire family to attend the Kingdom Family Rally and the Southern Baptist Convention," said Jack Wilkerson, vice president for business and finance for the SBC Executive Committee and convention manager.
Attendants are encouraged to read the passage, Psalm 119:9-18 before attending the conference. Bibles, tennis hoes, pens and notebooks are required, while cowboy hat, boots and other western attire are optional.
Meanwhile, the parents attending the Kingdom Family Rally enjoy testimonies from various SBC leaders and Baptist families, including conference leader and author Gary Chapman, Focus on the Familys James and Shirley Dobson and Bible teacher and author Beth Moore. Family advocates as Dennis and Barbara Rainey of Family Life Today, singer Steve Green and his wife, Maryjean, and Tom Elliff, chair of the SBC Council on Family Life, and his wife, Jeannie will also give presentations throughout the conference.
"Having a great family attendance in Phoenix," Elliff said, "will make a bold statement to the world at large -- a world of people desperately seeking answers for their own families."
The rally is part of the Pastors Conference, which will be devoted to the entire family.
By Paulina C.