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Johnny Hunt announces SBC theme; registration opens for Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–Registration for messengers and local hotels is open for the June 23-24 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

SBC President Johnny Hunt has selected “LoveLoud — Actions Speak Louder Than Words” (Matthew 5:16) as the theme for this year’s sessions.

Hunt, pastor of the Atlanta-area First Baptist Church in Woodstock, told Baptist Press he hopes the LoveLoud emphasis will “challenge our denomination to demonstrate to our communities, our country and around the world the difference Jesus Christ makes in our lives and in our churches.”

“This world has HEARD much from the church about who we are and what we believe. Too often they don’t SEE the church as being a different entity than others in their communities.

“The church simply has to become more of a force to penetrate the darkness that is increasing in our world,” Hunt said.

The annual meeting is being held in Louisville in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the founding of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. (For a list of SBTS sesquicentennial events, go to www.sbts.edu/about/sesquicentennial.)

Churches can register their messengers online at www.sbc.net to avoid waiting at the counter upon arrival at the convention. By registering online, the SBC website gives a church a messenger reference number form to be printed out and presented by each messenger at the SBC registration booth in exchange for a nametag and a set of ballots. The appropriate church-authorized representative must complete all online registrations.

The traditional registration method also is available for those churches that are unable or may not opt to access the online registration. Registration cards are available from state convention offices.

Each year’s SBC annual meeting includes a Crossover evangelistic outreach across the local community (June 20 in Louisville); the Pastors’ Conference, Woman’s Missionary Union celebration and numerous other meetings of SBC-related organizations; child care and age-appropriate programs for children and youth. Details will be appear in April in SBC Life, journal of the SBC Executive Committee, and in Baptist Press.

For further information about online registration and hotel choices for the SBC annual meeting in Louisville, visit www.sbc.net.
Compiled by Baptist Press editor Art Toalston.

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