Annual Gathering a Time of Fellowship, Worship & Learning
Churchnet’s 2016 Annual Gathering provided a wonderful opportunity for fellowship, worship and training. This year’s Gathering was held Friday evening & Saturday morning, April 15-16, 2016, at First Baptist Church in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Our theme this year was Engage the Future through Missional Collaboration. Our speaker for our Friday evening worship was Rev. Samuel C. Tolbert, Jr. Rev. Tolbert has served as Pastor of the Greater Saint Mary Missionary Baptist Church in Lake Charles, La. for the past 30 years. He was elected the 15th President of the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc., in June of 2014. Carol Bercian, Founder and Director of the Tabitha Ministry in Guatemala City, spoke at our Annual Missions Banquet. More than $7,000 was committed toward our $10,000 goal for our partnership missions program at the Missions Banquet. You may contribute by clicking “give” on our menu above. Dr. Jim Hill shared the Executive Director’s report during our Friday evening worship.
Our speaker for our Saturday closing worship was Rev. Otto Echeverria. Rev. Echeverria is completing this year a 4-yr term as president of the Guatemala Baptist Convention and pastors in the city of Coatepeque. Churchnet is celebrating 10 years of partnership with the Guatemala Baptist Convention this year. Mrs. Donna Potts completed her third year serving as President of Churchnet. Donna share remarks during our Saturday morning worship. Click HERE to download a digital copy of this year’s Book of Reports.
The Annual Gathering also featured eight workshops on Saturday morning following the Annual Business Session. The workshops focused on our theme, Engage the Future through Missional Collaboration, as we explored ways to work together as seek to share the gospel in our communities. Several of institutional partners provided leadership for the workshops.
Members of the network approved the proposed budgets for our ministry during the Business Session. They also elected new officers. Forestal Lawton, a staff member of Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, was elected President. Forestal has served as Vice President for the past three years. He is also the Director of the Men’s Department of the Baptist World Alliance. Brian Ford, Pastor of Little Bonne Femme Baptist Church in Columbia, was elected Vice President. Amanda Evans from Bolivar was elected Secretary.
Our focus for the coming year will continue to be the implementation of our Vision 2020 Strategic Plan – Engaging the Future with Hope. Our four initiatives are facilitating mission collaboration, developing hope-filled strategies, engaging new generations and cultures, and expanding community involvement. We invite you to join us. Let us know how Churchnet can serve you or your church.