An upcoming missions conference in Tyler aims to help people find their place in God’s plan to reach the world with the Gospel.
The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention is scheduled to put on its SENT Conference on July 16 at Tyler’s Calvary Baptist Church on Old Jacksonville Highway.
The conference will emphasize mobilizing Texans to do missions in this state and beyond.
It is based on Acts 1:8, which reads, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Through the conference, the organization aims to connect its local churches with other churches and missions organizations.
“Because we have so many people with so much diversity in Texas, we believe we can reach (the) world,” said Barry Calhoun, mobilization director and church planting team member for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.
Calvary Baptist’s Pastor Fred Smith will be the keynote speaker and eight other speakers are scheduled to attend and lead breakout sessions.
Topics will include: Building People for Missions, Sharing Christ Across Cultures and Religions, Traveling Safely Overseas, Doing Ministry and Missions in a Post-Christian Society and Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims – What Do They Believe?
The conference is open to pastors and lay people, adults and youth. Calhoun said anyone who is planning to go on a mission trip or thinking about going on one should attend.
The cost is $10 and includes lunch. Attendees are asked to register in advance so organizers know how many lunches to order.
Registration is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m. followed by praise and worship at 9. There will be two workshop sessions in the morning, a lunchtime panel discussion and two workshop sessions in the afternoon. The conference is scheduled to end at 3 p.m.
“The SENT Missions Conference is important because God has called the church to be on mission to carry the Gospel to the ends of the Earth,” Calhoun said. “It is the one thing the great Commissioner gives us in the great commission.”
If you go
Who: Pastors and laypeople, adults and youth
What: SENT Missions Conference
Where: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 16
Where: Calvary Baptist Church, 6704 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Tyler
Why: To explore your role in God’s plan to reach people
Info: Visit www.sentconference.com