Southern Baptists Prepare for Packed Week

Beginning with the launch of the yearlong “Everyone Can” Kingdom Challenge this coming Saturday, the Southern Baptist Convention has prepared dozens of fun-filled and spirit-led events in the days leading up to its annual meeting.

The 2005 SBC annual meeting has been slated for June 21-22 in Nashville, Tenn., and will feature both rest and recuperation and business and planning for the thousands of delegates traveling from across the nation.

While not officially a part of the annual meeting, there are also several large events planned throughout the week for delegates to attend.

The first major event is the “2005 Crossover Nashville Door-to-Door Rally.” Crossover marks the official launching of the “Everyone Can” Kingdom Challenge to Witness, Win and Baptize one million in one year.

Organizers of the event hope to mobilize 10,000 or more Southern Baptists Saturday morning and “blanket the city of Nashville” with door-to-door evangelists.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, June 19, there will be several different gatherings for various demographic groups.

The first event is the Younger Leaders Summit, organized by SBC’s LifeWay Christian Resources. The Summit is a culmination of several dialogues that were held between LifeWay President Jimmy Draper and hundreds of young (45 year or less) Southern Baptist leaders in the past few months.

There is also a Southern Baptist Pastors meeting that will begin Sunday. The two day meeting, titled “Build Up the Wall, Stand in the Gap,” will give pastors a chance to worship and be inspired. At the same time, Pastors Wives will be holding their own conference, called “Working Worthily.

Meanwhile, from June 19-20, the Women’s Missionary Union will hold its annual meeting at the First Baptist Church in Nashville.

For a full list of events and speakers, visit