June 1997 Issue
Outpouring in Dallas
by Art Toalston
It's more than a theme for this
year's Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference. It will be an eagerly
anticipated answer to the prayer and fasting of the conference's
president, Ronnie Floyd, his church, and others asking God to
anoint the June 15-16 sessions in the Dallas Convention Center
prior to the June 17-19 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist
"Pray ... pray ... pray ... for a mighty outpouring of
the Holy Spirit," Floyd exhorted, in order for the Pastors'
Conference to be a pivotal time of energizing Southern Baptists
"to take the gospel to each subculture in America and the
unreached peoples of the world."
Floyd and the church he pastors, First Baptist in Springdale;
Ark., began a 40-day period of prayer and fasting May 6 for the
Pastor's' Conference, enlisting members on a one-day-a-week basis.
The names of pastors and evangelists scheduled to address the
Pastors' Conference will be "put before the Lord," Floyd
said, "in fasting and prayer, encouraging them to join us
one day out of the 40 days, so that their hearts will really be
spiritually prepared for what God wants to do."
The speakers include: Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade
for Christ; Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts Jr.; former SBC Presidents
Adrian Rogers and H. Edwin Young; and Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback
Community Church in California.
Floyd said he believes God has begun to create some real fire
and desire among Southern Baptists for spiritual renewal in this
country" and that "God is creating a time where
He is going to bring a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit ...
not simply to revive the church, but to revive the church to bring
closure to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ."
For Pastors' Conference speakers, Floyd said he sought leaders
whose ministries have been "marked by a mighty outpouring
of God's Spirit," telling them, "I do not want you to
simply share a sermon, but share with Christian leaders a message
from God. Share out of your life and what God is doing in you."
Floyd has also held conference calls with each session's speakers
"to build a spiritual climate and camaraderie to pray for
one another every day so that they might be better prepared to
impart the truth of God."
Pastors' Conference sessions will begin at 1:45 and 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 15, and 8 a.m. and 1:10 and 6 p.m. Monday, June 16.
Additionally, a special session Will be offered for pastors'
wives and other Christian women at 8 a.m. Monday in Hall E of
the Dallas Convention Center.
Sensing a deep concern from last year's SBC annual meeting
for the struggles pastors wives face at times, Floyd said he hopes
the special session will provide them spiritual help "to
embrace the ministries of their husbands."
Addressing the women's session will be Barbara O'Chester, director
of Great Hills Retreat Ministry, Austin, Texas; Nancy Leigh DeMoss,
director of publications and women's ministries for Life Action
Ministries, Niles; Mich.; Beth Moore, founder of Living Proof,
Inc., Houston, and Teresa M. Brown, director of Heart to Heart
Women's Ministries, Charlotte, N.C.
On Monday morning, the pastors will have a seminar-like session
on church health and church growth, Floyd said, featuring Ed Young,
pastor of Second Baptist Church, Houston; Rick Warren; Johnny
Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Ga., and James
Merritt, pastor of First Baptist Church, Snellville, Ga.
Floyd said he has asked them "to not worry about preaching
sermons, but get up there and teach in a practical sense, like
we're in a seminar, and teach the practicalities of what God used
to build their ministries in their churches, because these are
four of the greatest church growth-type pastors in the entire
Southern Baptist Convention."
Missions from reaching the inner cities to the unreached
people groups across the Middle East, Asia, and other parts of
the world will be a key focus of the 6 p.m. Sunday session,
Floyd said. Speakers will be Adrian Rogers, pastor of Bellevue
Baptist Church in suburban Memphis, Tenn.; urban leader Wellington
Boone, president of Wellington Boone Ministries, Atlanta; and
international evangelist K.A. Paul, founder and president of Focus
on the 10/40 Window, Houston.
The other Pastors' Conference sessions will feature:
Sunday 1:45 p.m.: Keith Thomas, pastor of First Baptist
Church, West Palm Beach, and president of the Florida Baptist
Convention; Stan Coffey, pastor of San Jacinto Baptist Church,
Amarillo, Texas; Harold O'Chester, pastor of Great Hills Baptist
Church, Austin, Texas; and Bruce Perkins,. pastor of Memorial
Baptist Church, Grapevine, Texas.
Monday 1:10 p.m.: 0.S. Hawkins, pastor of First Baptist
Church, Dallas; Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church,
Dallas; Claude Thomas, pastor of First Baptist Church, Euless,
Texas; and evangelist Ken Freeman of San Antonio, Texas.
Monday 6 p.m.: Bill Bright; J.C. Watts Jr.; and John
Maxwell, founder and president, INJOY ministries, San Diego.
Among the musical groups featured during the Pastors' Conference
will be choirs and orchestras from the churches led by Floyd,
Hawkins, and O'Chester.
"There probably has not been a more influential meeting
in my life as a pastor than the Pastors' Conference," Floyd
said of the sessions he has attended over the years.
"I remember one specific thing back in 1988 I will
never forget Edwin Young preaching about the importance of prayer
in your church," said Floyd, who chairs the SBC Executive
Committee in addition to his Pastors' Conference presidency "That
message was really used of God to launch me into a brand new era
in my own personal spiritual life and my life as a pastor."
Convention Kids' Program
Children attending Missions Day Camp during the 1997 Southern
Baptist Convention annual meeting, June 17-19, will be able to
visit the Dallas Aquarium; experience hands-on, interactive experiments
at The Science Place; view an exciting adventure on the wall-to-wall,
floor-to-ceiling screen at the IMAX theater; and picnic on the
Texas State Fair grounds.
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Other features will include a show from Bunny Martin, "the
yo-yo guy," and a trip on the DART train to the Dallas Zoo.
The SBC Missions Day Camp is for boys and girls who will have
completed grades K-6 by camp time and whose parents are attending
the annual meeting. It is sponsored by the recreation ministry
of the First Baptist Church in Dallas and coordinated by the Brotherhood
Commission, SBC Parents who had children registered in Missions
Day Camp last year will receive a pre-registration packet automatically
Parents who did not have children in last year's day camp should
call (214) 969-2447 for a pre-registration packet.
A three-day option of $75 per child is available as well as a
two-day option of $60 per child or a 1-day option of $40 per child.
Missions Day Camp provides a missions education program for children
of messengers during all daytime sessions of the convention (Tuesday
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