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NAMB student conference joins pre-convention events in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (BP)–Students attending the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Orlando this year will have their own track of worship and leadership training activities June 11-12 with the North American Mission Board’s first-ever Student Conference 2000.

The event is intended to involve students more directly in the SBC annual meeting, said NAMB President Robert E. Reccord, and is part of NAMB’s increased priority on students in recent years.

“I am excited about the opportunity to spend some focused time with young people who could well be the future leaders in our convention,” said Reccord.

The conference will begin with a rally from 7-9 p.m. June 11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The Sunday session — offered free of charge to all students — will include a concert and worship and praise led by Foreverafter. David Nasser, a youth speaker associated with Billy Graham crusades across the country, will deliver a special challenge to students.

The heart of the conference — focused on developing and equipping student leaders — will take place from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. June 12, with speakers including Reccord and SBC President Paige Patterson. NAMB’s student evangelism staff also will lead training in campus evangelism.

Evangelist Jay Strack will lead the afternoon session, titled “Aim High: Filing a Flight Plan for Life.” Strack each summer leads multiple sessions of Student Leadership University, a weeklong training seminar for student leadership offered in Orlando and other locations.

The conference will conclude with a hands-on experiential event at the “WonderWorks” attraction in Orlando. Buses will return to the Orange County Convention Center by 9:15 p.m.

“With this being the first year of our Student Conference at the SBC, we have a goal of putting a ‘personal touch’ on the students of our convention,” said Len Taylor, NAMB’s director of student evangelism and coordinator of the event. “There will be unmatched leadership development and hands-on experiences for all students who attend.”

Cost for the Monday portion of the conference is $45 per person, which includes lunch, dinner, materials and admission to WonderWorks. The deadline for pre-registration is June 5. After that date, registration will be available at the event in Room 304A of the convention center.

For more information or to register, visit the www.studentz.com/sbc Internet site or call (770) 410-6345.

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