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Johnny Hunt announces SBC theme; registration opens for Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)–Registration for messengers and local hotels is open for the June 15-16 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

SBC President Johnny Hunt has selected “LoveLoud through the Great Commission” (1 John 3:18) as the theme for this year’s sessions.

“We’ve got to ‘Love Loud’!” Hunt, pastor of the Atlanta-area First Baptist Church in Woodstock, declared. “Loud Love moves beyond the four walls of the church. I hope to encourage our folks to roll up their sleeves and get after it.

“Our theme verse is clear,” Hunt said of 1 John 3:18, which states: “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”

“It is not simply enough to say; we must do!” Hunt said. “We have embraced what we believe. It is now or never to engage this generation with what we believe — the Gospel.

“Our nation is lost. We have the answer. Let’s do it!”

Registration for the Orlando annual meeting once again will provide churches with the online opportunity to register their messengers at www.sbc.net to avoid waiting at the counter upon arrival at the convention.

By registering online, the SBC website provides a church with 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.

This year’s annual meeting will include the election of a new SBC president, with Hunt now completing his second one-year term, and deliberations over the report of the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force, initiated by Hunt at last year’s convention in Louisville.

Each year’s annual meeting also includes a Crossover evangelistic outreach across the local community (June 12 in Orlando); 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 Orlando, visit www.sbc.net.

The LoveLoud theme selected by Hunt follows on the theme he selected for the 2009 annual meeting: “Love Loud — Actions Speak Louder Than Words” based on Matthew 5:16.
Compiled by Baptist Press editor Art Toalston.

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