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‘Servant leadership’ theme of DOM meeting

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Directors of Missions will discuss servant leadership during their June 21-22 meeting in Louisville, Ky. Speakers will include Ken Hemphill, Thom Rainer and O.S. Hawkins.

The meeting, the organization’s 49th, will begin with a worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 21, at the Fern Valley Hotel and Conference Center, with Hemphill, national strategist for Empowering Kingdom Growth, preaching.

“Anyone who is coming to the convention and is looking for a place to worship on Sunday morning is welcome to join us,” Wesley Pitts, president of SBCADOM, said.

The service will be followed by a lunch at noon sponsored by GuideStone Financial Resources. A meal ticket is required.

At 1:30 p.m., the first of three sessions of the SBCADOM meeting will begin. Also at 1:30 p.m., the SBCADOM wives meeting will take place with Kay Dekalb Smith, who is described as the “Carol Burnett of Christian Entertainment.”

The SBCADOM’s first session will focus on the theme “Servant Leaders Forgive” and will include a message from Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources. At 3 p.m. Sunday, session two, titled “Servant Leaders Build Relationships,” will include a message from Hawkins, president of GuideStone Financial Resources. A business session will follow.

On Sunday evening, the SBCADOM banquet will begin at 7 p.m. with entertainment provided by Smith, a comedienne from Nashville, Tenn.

Pitts, director of missions for the Long Run Baptist Association in Louisville, said Sunday will be a day of inspiration, and Monday will be a day of information. This is the first year that a variety of breakout sessions will be offered on Monday.

“In evaluating previous meetings, we got comments from the DOMs saying they would like breakout sessions,” Pitts said. “Also, we had some people from NAMB and other places who said they would like to have more one-on-one time with the DOMs. We felt like we could do this most effectively with breakout sessions.”

Session three will start at 8:30 a.m. Monday and will include an installation of officers. Breakout sessions will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon. Options include “Servant Leaders Are Equipped (For New DOMs)” led by Ted Knapp; “Servant Leaders Pray” by Greg Frizzel; “Servant Leaders Continue to Grow” by Hugh Townsend; “Servant Leaders Visualize the Future” by Mike Day; and “Servant Leaders Stay Informed” by David Meacham.

“We need to understand that we are servant leaders and that this is the leadership style that Jesus practiced and passed on to us,” Pitts said. “We probably could never get enough said to us about leadership.”

Pitts told Baptist Press all directors of missions are encouraged to attend the meeting.

“It’s a great time to fellowship with other DOMs and to network and talk to them about what’s working at their associations,” Pitts said. “We’ll have a couple of testimonies concerning that from a couple of our DOMs. I think the fellowship and the information they’ll gain and the inspiration they’ll receive will altogether be well worth coming a day early.”

To become a member of the SBCADOM, register for the Louisville meeting or reserve a room at the Fern Valley Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn Airport South) for a room rate of $89 per night, complete an online form at www.sbcadom.net. Questions should be addressed to Jim Leak, SBCADOM administrator treasurer, at [email protected] or 830-895-0400.
Compiled by Baptist Press staff writer Erin Roach.

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