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Associational leaders to encourage, equip

COLUMBUS, Ohio (BP) — The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders (SBCAL) will work to encourage, inspire and equip its members in kingdom work at its June 14–15 meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

The SBCAL will meet in advance of the Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting, and will retain its 2014 theme of “Ready Churches, Ready Harvest,” based on Matthew 9:37. The theme is designed to complement the SBC theme of “Great Awakening: Clear Agreement, Visible Union, Extraordinary Prayer” and its prayer emphasis, said Johnny Rumbough, conference team leader and executive director of missions for the Lexington Baptist Association in South Carolina.

Associational leaders will enjoy worship, sermons, educational breakout sessions and fellowship June 14 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and June 15 from 8 a.m.–12:15 p.m. at the Downtown Hilton.

Frank S. Page, president of the SBC Executive Committee, will address associational leaders Sunday, June 14, at 3:45 p.m., with special greetings from O.S. Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources. Ken Weathersby, SBC Executive Committee vice president for convention advancement, will preach during 10 a.m. Sunday worship; Gerald Roe, a Christian Studies professor at North Greenville University (NGU) in Tigerville, S.C., will speak during the Sunday general session at 1 p.m.

Monday’s speakers will include Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr. at 8:30 a.m., and Ken Hemphill, NGU director of the Center for Church Planting and Revitalization, during the 11:15 a.m. general session. Breakout sessions scheduled concurrently both days will focus on DisciplePath, a new study from LifeWay Christian Resources; Missionsfest, a partnership of the Woman’s Missionary Union; bivocational ministry and conflict management.

Registration is $99 through June 11 at www.registerohio2015.org, with free registration for spouses. On-site registration will be $125 beginning June 14.

In advance of its Columbus meeting, the SBCAL is conducting a Week of Prayer & Mission Emphasis May 17-24. Free resources, including bulletin covers, prayer cards, posters and a sermon series, are available for download at www.2015ame.basicshift.com, through a partnership with the North American Mission Board.