Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear Addresses West Virginia Baptists at 2018 Annual Meeting

Obeying Jesus’ command to spread the Gospel is worth the changes His mission often entails in our lives, Southern Baptist Convention President J.D. Greear told West Virginia Baptists at the group’s 2018 annual meeting.

“If you’re really serious about following Jesus, obedience to him is going to take you 180 degrees opposite of the direction you want to go,” Greear said, “and in that moment the only thing that will compel you forward is the belief that Jesus is worth it!”

Greear, a West Virginia native and current pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., focused on four convictions of people who transform the world during the meeting, held Nov. 1-2 at Fairlawn Baptist Church in Parkersburg, W.Va. At the preceding pastors’ conference, he fielded questions from an audience of 125 pastors at a question and answer dinner.

We are Going

Under the theme “We Are Going,” the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists (WVCSB) called their 48th annual meeting to order, reminding messengers that God has called and shaped all believers to leverage their lives for the Great Commission. The question is not a matter of if they are going, but rather where they are going, the theme emphasized.

The attendance of 190 messengers and 66 guests marked a continued growth in WVCSB annual meeting participation. Both the meeting and pastors’ conference shared the same theme, inspired by John 17:18, “As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world” (ESV).

State Executive Director-Treasurer Bill Henard encouraged fellow attendees.

“I pray folks throughout our convention will be so saturated with the Gospel,” he said, “they will burn for the mission of God in their families, in their towns, in West Virginia and around the world.”

Henard presented a four-year strengthening plan focused on providing necessary training and conferencing for WVCSB pastors.

“It’s not just enough to offer a conference schedule. Those conferences and training opportunities must have specific purposes in mind and processes for discipleship,” he said, “and be strategic to our mission to strengthen and send churches to make Jesus known in and through West Virginia.”

A new missions conference, Sent, was unveiled for spring 2019 that will include guest speaker Vance Pitman, pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas and a North American Mission Board national mobilizer.

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Source: Baptist Press