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Start of Pastors’ Conference to change to Sunday night

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–The Pastors’ Conference preceding the Southern Baptist Convention will begin this year on Sunday evening, rather than the traditional Sunday afternoon, conference President Jerry Sutton has announced.
The Pastors’ Conference will be June 11-12, 2000, in Orlando, Fla., preceding the June 13-14 SBC annual meeting.
“In the past, many pastors could not attend the first session because of responsibilities at their churches,” Sutton, pastor of Two Rivers Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn., said. “Starting in the evening will allow those pastors to attend their churches in the morning and make the first session in Orlando.”
The theme of the Pastors’ Conference will be “Partners in the Harvest,” reflecting the year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Cooperative Program, Southern Baptists’ giving channel for national and international missions and ministries.
The opening session Sunday evening will have as its theme, “Harvest in My Personal Life,” featuring two former SBC presidents, Jim Henry, pastor of First Baptist Church, Orlando, and Jerry Vines, co-pastor of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Fla., along with Orlando evangelist Jay Strack and Hayes Wicker, pastor of First Baptist Church, Naples, Fla.
Inviting Orlando-area churches to the Sunday evening session, Sutton noted that the messages “will touch the hearts of the people of Orlando and the people throughout our nation. We live in a day of incredible harvest. Harvest implies fruitfulness and it implies that God is actively involved not only in us but through us.”
Subsequent sessions of the Pastors’ Conference will be themed “Harvest in My Home” on Monday morning; “Harvest in My Church,” Monday afternoon; and “Harvest in My World,” Monday evening. Speakers for the sessions will be announced next spring.

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