Florida Baptist churches from Pensacola to Key West will be challenged to participate in Crossover 2020 to advance Who’s Your One prior to the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Orlando June 9–10.
Crossover Florida will begin on the I-4 corridor intersecting Orlando and saturate the entire state, said Tommy Green, executive director-treasurer of the Florida Baptist Convention.
The suggestion to expand the June 6 Crossover emphasis as a massive, unified event originated from Florida Baptist pastors who expressed a desire to have their churches involved in the Crossover weekend, said Green.
“We are encouraging churches to host Who’s Your One events in their communities on Saturday and then on Sunday give an intentional call for salvations and baptisms,” he said. Churches will determine their own community outreach, “because they know their own strengths” and what is most effective in their neighborhoods.
This represents the first time the annual Crossover will be implemented on a “massive statewide” level, according to Joel Southerland, NAMB national evangelism strategist.
“I think this has tremendous potential and will be a good model we can carry forward,” said Southerland.
“I believe thousands will come to faith in Christ—all with the same goal on the same day.”
To create awareness for Crossover Florida and the Who’s Your One emphasis, Johnny Hunt, NAMB’s senior vice president of evangelism and leadership, spoke at the annual Pastors’ Conference held in conjunction with the Florida Baptist State Convention meeting in November.
Resources for churches to implement the strategy are available at namb.net/crossover.
Barbara Denman is communications editor for the Florida Baptist Convention and is a member of MissionWay Church in Jacksonville, Florida.