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2022 SBC Annual Meeting: WMU, seminaries, entities and others to host events

In just a few weeks, Southern Baptists will gather in Anaheim, California, for the 2022 SBC Annual Meeting. In addition to the official SBC meetings scheduled for June 14–15 at the Anaheim Convention Center, several related groups will hold meetings. Here’s a list:

Woman’s Missionary Union

WMU will host Embark: WMU’s Rolling Missions Adventure, a two-day excursion on coach buses on June 12–13, providing the opportunity to engage with 20-plus ministry leaders prior to the 2022 SBC Annual Meeting. On Sunday, the first stop will be for prayer walking and a Missions Celebration on the campus of Gateway Seminary. From there each bus will travel to a different ministry point or church plant. On Monday, the first stop will be Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier with the opportunity to prayer walk, visit with ministry leaders, and enjoy the beach. From there, buses will travel together to Chinese Baptist Church of Orange County and then separately to different missions venues.

Buses will depart between 11:30 a.m. and noon each day and return by 6 p.m. Pickup and drop-off on Sunday is at the Hilton Anaheim. Pickup and drop-off on Monday is at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The registration fee — which includes round-trip coach bus transportation on Sunday and Monday — is $40 per person. Those with their own transportation may prefer to join the group at any or all of the following three missions points for a $10 registration fee: Sunday at Gateway Seminary, Monday at Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier and Monday at Chinese Baptist Church of Orange County.

Men and women, families and all ages are welcome. Advance registration is required and space is limited. Learn more and register at wmu.com/Anaheim.

Women’s events

The SBC Women’s Session will be Monday, June 13. The event is jointly sponsored by the SBC Pastors’ Wives, the SBC Women’s Leadership Network and Women & Work. The theme for the meeting is “Emotional health, spiritual rhythms and rest.” The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the Anaheim Marriott Platinum Ballrooms 5–6. A Women’s Expo will follow at 1 p.m. in the Anaheim Marriott Platinum Foyer.

The Ministers’ Wives Luncheon will be Tuesday, June 14 at noon in the Anaheim Marriott Platinum Ballroom. Register here.

Asian fellowships and events

The Asian Kickoff Gathering is set for Sunday, June 12, 3–6 p.m., at the Anaheim Marriott. The gathering is for the 10-member Asian contingent of the SBC’s 35 ethnic fellowships, and for those individuals, churches and associations that minister among the various Asian ethnicities.

Willie McLaurin, interim president/CEO of the Executive Committee, is guest speaker, as are leaders from the Orange County Baptist Association and California Southern Baptist Convention.

The Anaheim Convention Center Grand Plaza is a 2.3-acre outdoor multi-use convention and meeting area situated on the ACC campus and utilized year-round for a variety of events. (Photo courtesy of VisitAnaheim.org)

The new, 128-church SBC Myanmar churches’ fellowship is to install its first-ever leadership team at the Asian Kickoff Gathering. The Myanmar leadership team will develop a constitution and bylaws over the next year and present them at the group’s first annual meeting in 2023.

An Asian American Collective Pastors Panel is set for Monday, June 13, 11 a.m.–1 p.m., in Room 304C at the Anaheim Convention Center. The topic is “Pursuing Biblical Health Together.” Space is limited. Please contact Terrence Shay at terrence@FCBCwalnut.org or Hyung Lee hyunglee@livingrockpasadena.org to register.

The presenters and panelists include Geoff Chang from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Pastors Albert Ting and Hanley Liu from First Chinese in Walnut; and Pastors P.J. Tibayan and John Lee from Bethany Baptist Church in Bellflower, California.

An Asian Pastors’ Wives gathering is set for 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday in Room 303C at the Anaheim Convention Center. Space is limited; contact Shay or Lee to register.

Korean Council

The Council of Korean Southern Baptist Churches in America plans to gather June 13–15 at Berendo Street Baptist Church in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Korean meals and snacks provided each day.

Speakers include Byeong Rack Choi, pastor of Kangman Central Baptist Church, one of the largest churches in Seoul, South Korea; Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary; Vance Pitman, president of the North American Mission Board’s Send Network.

Filipino Fellowship

The Filipino Baptist Fellowship will meet Monday, June 13, 2–6 p.m., in the Orange County Ballroom, Level 1, Sections 1 and 2 at the Anaheim Marriott.

The Papuri Singers USA are to lead in worship, and Darius Nable, pastor of The Church of the Good Shepherd in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, will bring a message around the Filipino Fellowship’s annual meeting theme: “Celebrating God’s faithfulness.”

Hispanic Baptists

The Hispanic Celebration and the Hispanic Pastors & Wives Dinner will be Sunday, June 12 at 5 p.m. in the Anaheim Marriott Grand Ballroom E–K.

The Hispanic Celebration is open to all and will feature guest speaker Erik Zaldaña, pastor of Shadow Mountain en Español in El Cajon, California. Worship will be led by Julio Arriola, director of Send Network Texas in partnership with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.

On Monday, June 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., a series of workshops will be held for Hispanic pastors and leaders. The workshops will focus on different ministerial areas available to pastors, leaders and churches in Spanish.

On Wednesday, June 15, at 10:45 a.m., the CP Stage in the Exhibit Hall in the convention center will host a panel in Spanish on the topic, “Leading the church out of the COVID crisis.” The panelists will be Tony Miranda, president of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas and pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista de Austin; Victor Solórzano, senior pastor at Iglesia Vida en Victoria; and Eloy Rodriguez, pastor of Idlewild en Español in Lutz, Florida; with Luis Lopez as moderator.

For more information on these events contact Martha Espinoza at mespinoza@sbc.net and Ariel Irizarry at ariel.irizarry@lifeway.com.

Entities

GuideStone Financial Resources will sponsor wellness checks and a wellness center Monday and Tuesday, June 13–14, until 6 p.m. and Wednesday, June 15, until noon in the Exhibit Hall of the Anaheim Convention Center. Sign up for an appointment at GuideStone.org/wellnessbooth.

Marriott Anaheim (Photo courtesy of VisitAnaheim.org)

The North American Mission Board Send Luncheon is Monday, June 13 at noon in the Anaheim Convention Center, Hall A.

The International Mission Board Dinner is Monday, June 13, 5 p.m., at the Anaheim Convention Center, Ballroom Level 3.

The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission Monday Night Event is Monday, June 13, 9 p.m., in the Anaheim Marriott Grand Ballroom E–K.

The Lifeway Christian Resources Breakfast is Tuesday, June 14, 6:20–7:50 a.m.in the Anaheim Marriott, Platinum Ballroom. Register here.

Seminary Luncheons

All six SBC seminaries will hold luncheons on Wednesday, June 15 at noon. Locations are as follows:

  • Gateway Seminary Alumni & Friends Luncheon, Anaheim Marriott Platinum Ballrooms 5–6. Register here.
  • MBTS Alumni & Friends Luncheon, Hilton Anaheim California Ballrooms A–B. Register here. Midwestern also will host a For the Church Micro-Conference Tuesday, June 14, at noon in the Anaheim Convention Center, Ballrooms A–C. Click here for registration and additional details.
  • NOBTS Alumni & Friends Luncheon, Anaheim Convention Center Ballrooms A–B. Register here.
  • SBTS Alumni & Friends Luncheon, Hilton Anaheim, California Ballrooms C–D. Register here.
  • SEBTS Alumni & Friends Luncheon, Anaheim Marriott Grand Ballroom. Register here.
  • SWBTS Alumni & Friends Luncheon, Anaheim Marriott Marquis Ballroom, Sections Center and North. Register here.

Evangelists

Hilton Anaheim (Photo courtesy of VisitAnaheim.org)

Southern Baptist Evangelists (formerly known as the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists or COSBE) will host the Southwest Supper Sing-A-Long, a free special event, Monday, June 13, 4:30–5:30 p.m., in the Hilton Anaheim, Ballroom A, Level 2. A casual dinner and business meeting for members is slated for Tuesday at a local restaurant. Click here for more information.

Associational leaders

The Southern Baptist Conference of Associational Leaders will meet June 12–13 at the Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim for a gathering centered around “Pursuing Love and Good Works,” based on Hebrews 10:24. The annual event starts at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, June 12.

Ben Mandrell, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, will speak. Rick Curtis, assistant to the president at the North American Mission Board, will speak at the meal that begins at 11:15 a.m. Hance Dilbeck, president of GuideStone Financial Resources, will speak during the 5:55 p.m. banquet dinner.

Ministry fairs, networking and plenary sessions will be held between meals Sunday and on Monday from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m.

Messianic Fellowship

The Southern Baptist Messianic Fellowship will meet Sunday, June 12, at The Disciple Center, 505 Villa Real #108 in Anaheim Hills. A nearly two-hour worship service is to start at 10 a.m. followed by a church-provided pot luck luncheon. The business meeting, set for 1:30 p.m. is to also be streamed via Zoom. President Bruce Stokes is to bring the morning message.

Global ministries

The Fellowship of Baptist World Ministries will hold a breakfast Monday, June 13, 8 a.m., in the Hilton Hotel California Ballroom. NAMB will cover the cost of the first 150 to register at fbwministries.org. Registration is required. Guest speakers include Charles Clark, IMB; Johnny Hunt, NAMB; and Efraim Tendero, World Evangelical Alliance.

World missions organizations, evangelistic associations, churches, associations, Baptist state conventions, Baptist seminaries and elected lay leaders who are in good standing in local Southern Baptist churches all are welcome in the group and at the breakfast.

Other meetings

  • The Conservative Baptist Network will host two events. An Evening with John MacArthur will be held Sunday, June 12, 6 p.m. at the Anaheim Marriott Marquis Ballroom Sections Center and South. Register here. A breakfast will be held Tuesday, June 14, 7 a.m. at the Anaheim Marriott Marquis Ballroom Sections Center and South. Register here.
  • 9Marks will meet Monday, June 13, and Tuesday, June 14, 9 p.m. each day at the Hilton Anaheim California Ballroom C–D. Register here.
  • The Pillar Network Fellowship will meet Tuesday, June 14, 7:30–8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Anaheim California Ballroom C–D. Register here.
  • SBC Voices will hold a Trauma-informed Ministry Breakout session on Monday, June 13, 7 p.m. at the Anaheim Marriott Platinum Ballroom 4.
  • The B21 Panel Discussion will be held Tuesday, June 14, 6:45 a.m. in the Anaheim Marriott Grand Ballroom E. Register here.
  • The Large Church Roundtable Breakfast will be Tuesday, June 14, 7 a.m. in the Anaheim Marriott Grand Ballroom C.
  • The Kids Ministry Leaders Gathering will be Tuesday, June 14, 1–2 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center, Level 3, Room 303C.
  • The Bivocational and Small Church Leadership Network Luncheon for bivocational pastors will be Wednesday, June 15 at noon in the Anaheim Marriott Platinum Ballrooms 1–3.

Missing a meeting?

A few groups are taking a different route to meetings this year. Here’s a list of some of those:

  • There will not be a Sunday morning worship service hosted by the Southern Baptist Evangelists in Anaheim.
  • FoNAC, the Fellowship of Native American Christians, will not gather in Anaheim. Instead, regional gatherings are planned, starting with one in October in Oklahoma.
  • The Vietnamese Baptist Union of North America will meet June 30–July 3 at the Marriott Los Angeles for its 37th annual conference. The president is Peter Le, pastor of Vietnamese Faith Baptist Church in Dallas.
  • The Hmong Baptist National Association is to gather for its 31st annual conference on October 13–15 in Denver. The president is Chue Ger Herr, pastor of First Hmong Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri.
  • The United Lao Southern Baptist Fellowship is to meet for its annual meeting on June 24–26 in Bethany, Oklahoma. This will be the first time for the Laotian Fellowship to meet since the pandemic. The president is Houmphanh Vongsurith, pastor of First Laotian Baptist Church of Dallas.

More information

Click here for a printable map of the Anaheim Convention Center Campus.

To read more about the Annual Meeting schedule, messenger registration, attraction tickets, the Crossover tour and nominees for SBC president and president of the SBC Pastors Conference, click here.

To read the latest news from the 2022 SBC Annual Meeting, including announced nominations for various offices, click here.

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