Events - The Pastor's Conference
not the ancient landmarks, which thy fathers have set." Proverbs
LOUIS (BP)--Honoring "heroes of the faith," both unsung
pastors and well-known leaders, will be a key theme of the June
9-10 Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference in St. Louis, the group's
president and Florida pastor Ken Whitten said. Pastoral heroes will
be honored with video and musical tributes and an offering to support
Lt. Col. Oliver North and leading Southern Baptist pastors are among
the confirmed speakers for the meeting. Recording artists Janet
Paschal and Wintley Phipps, and church choirs -- including two student
groups -- are among the confirmed musicians for the conference preceding
the June 11-12 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting.
Pastors' Conference theme will be "Lest We Forget," based
on Proverbs 22:28: "Remove not the ancient landmarks, which
thy fathers have set."
of the things on my heart has been those heroes of the faith that
have gone before us to make our convention what I believe it is,"
Whitten told the Florida Baptist Witness newsjournal in describing
the motivation for the conference theme. Whitten is pastor of Idlewild
Baptist Church in Tampa.
goal is to say 'thank you' to pastors who have been faithful in
preaching God's Word for years that, although few people may know
them, I just want to leave them with the idea that 'God knows you
and we honor you.'"
said he is grateful for the "heritage of preachers in my family,"
noting that there has been an active minister in his family since
the 1700s, including a pastor in his home state of Illinois since
the 1800s. Whitten is a native of Oreana, near Decatur, Ill.
an additional goal of the conference, Whitten said he has strived
to include a "better representation" of African Americans
and other ethnics in all facets of the pastors' program "because
they are us and we are them."
the four sessions around the conference theme, pastors will be exhorted
to not forget their calling, their children, their church and their
conference will include two tribute sessions to honor recently deceased
pastors. "I wanted to honor some of the godly men, some that
people know and some that people would not know, who have been pastors
and who have gone to be with the Lord," Whitten said.
Baptists can contact him with names and pictures of pastors who
have passed away in the past year, Whitten said. He expressed hope
that pastors will plan now on attending the meeting.
conference will be dedicated in the memory of Ron Dunn, a former
Southern Baptist pastor and Bible teacher, who died last July. A
sermon by Dunn will be included in the audio cassette/CD package
of sermons preached at the 2002 Pastors' Conference, he added.
pastors will be honored with an offering, Whitten said. Because
his church is covering the expense of the conference, he said the
offering taken at the conference will go in its entirety to the
SBC Annuity Board's "Adopt an Annuitant Program."
attendees also will be encouraged to pray for retired pastors whose
names will be printed on wristbands and made available at the meeting.
don't want to forget the landmarks they've set," Whitten said.
off the conference's theme of honoring heroes of the faith, a special
"Lest We Forget Heritage" package of 20 sermons "that
changed our convention" will be sold, Whitten said. The proceeds
of the sale of the audio cassette and CD package of sermons will
fund the 2003 pastors' meeting. The package of key sermons preached
at previous pastors' conferences and SBC presidents' addresses will
include W.A. Criswell, Jerry Vines, Adrian Rogers and other leading
Southern Baptist pastors.
Whitten expressed gratitude for the support
of his congregation and the Idlewild staff in assisting with the
conference planning and organization. "The experience has been
wonderful," he said.
1, Sunday Evening, June 9
Lest We Forget -
Welcome - Ken Whitten, president,
Pastors' Conference 2002,Idlewild Baptist Church, Tampa, FL
||Message - John Marshall, pastor,
Second Baptist Church, Springfield, MO
Message - Jack Graham, pastor,
Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX
||"Lest We Forget" Recognition
- Michael Catt, senior pastor, Sherwood Baptist
Church, Albany, GA, presents flowers to Mrs. Ron Dunn
||Message - Robert Pitman, pastor,
Kirby Woods Baptist Church, Memphis, TN
||SBC President's Welcome - James Merritt,
pastor, First Baptist Church, Snellville, GA
||Message - Fred Luter, pastor,
Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA
2, Monday Morning, June 10
Lest We Forget -
Welcome - Michael Claunch, vice
president, Pastors'Conference 2002, First Baptist Church,
||Message - John Sullivan, executive
director, Florida Baptist Convention, Jacksonville, FL
||Message - Kevin Cosby, senior
pastor, St. Stephen Baptist Church, Louisville, KY
||Message - Ken Davis, Ken Davis
Productions, Franklin, TN
||Message - Jay Strack, president,
Student Leadership University, Orlando, FL
3, Monday Afternoon, June 10
Lest We Forget -
Welcome - Charles West, secretary,
Pastors' Conference 2002, First Baptist Church, Bethalto,
|| Message - Johnny Hunt, pastor,
First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA
||Message - Mac Brunson, senior
pastor, First Baptist Dallas, Dallas, TX
||Election of Officers
||Message - Ted Traylor, pastor,
Olive Baptist Church, Pensacola, FL
||Message - Junior Hill, evangelist,
4, Monday Evening, June 10
Lest We Forget -
||Welcome - Ken Whitten, president,
Pastors' Conference 2002, Idlewild Baptist Church, Tampa, FL
||Message - Adrian Rogers, pastor,
Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, TN
||Message - Jerry Vines, pastor,
First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL
Patriotic Salute - Idlewild Baptist
Church Student Choir, Tampa, FL, & Bellevue Baptist
Church Student Choir, Memphis, TN
||Message - Lt. Col. Oliver North,
USMC (Ret.), radio/television broadcaster and newspaper columnist,