Welcome the SBC to Birmingham!

For the first time since 1941, our state will soon welcome messengers to Birmingham for the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention.

The meeting will be conducted at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center (BJCC) on June 11-12 along with other inspirational and informational meetings in the days preceding, some in other locations.

I especially commend to you the SBC Pastors Conference led by Pastor Danny Wood of Shades Mountain Baptist Church. The conference will place at the BJCC on June 9-10, free of charge and open to the public.

Alabama Baptists would be blessed to attend the SBC meeting as elected messengers from your local church or as a guest.

During the week before the SBC, Southern Baptists from numerous states will participate in Crossover Birmingham, an evangelistic outreach initiative that will see the Gospel shared across the Birmingham metro area. The North American Mission Board has set a goal of reaching 20,000 homes with the Gospel.

Evangelism training and a kick-off rally featuring Johnny Hunt will be held for all volunteers on June 5. On June 8, volunteers will participate in door-to-door evangelism. Check out the details and register at CrossoverBHM.org.

Pray for those who hear the Gospel that they will receive it and experience the new life that only Christ can offer.

For more information, go online to www.sbcannualmeeting.net.

Executive Director of Alabama Baptist State Board of Missions

State Missionary Rick Lance was elected in June of 1998 to serve as executive director of the State Board of Missions and treasurer of the Alabama Baptist Convention. Rick leads state missions efforts and facilitates Great Commission Ministries for the Convention's 3,200+ churches and more than one million Alabama Baptists.

Rick and his wife, Pam, are members at First Baptist Church, Montgomery. They have two daughters.

Any requests for Rick Lance to speak in or visit your church should be directed to Billie Davis at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 253 or (334) 613-2253, [email protected]

For questions about Dr. Lance's Facebook and Twitter accounts or his blog site, you may contact his social media assistant, Keith Hinson, at 1-800-264-1225, ext. 289 or (334) 613-2289, [email protected]