The 2014 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting begins today


The 2014 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) Annual Meeting begins today in Baltimore, Maryland. This year's theme is "Show Us Your Glory."

Fresh off the heels of the Southern Baptist Pastors' Conference, the two-day event is a chance to hear spiritual leaders speak, and worship with people from across the country. The conference is also being live streamed on SBC's website.

Activities during the Annual Meeting include the Clear Creek Baptist Bible College Reception, a panel discussion hosted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and ministry by the Filipino Southern Baptist Fellowship of North America.

For young Christians, the Meeting offers the Children in Action Missions Camp, whose theme is "Go Tell It." The program encourages children in grades one through six to have holy boldness when discussing Christ.

"Children attending the Children in Action Missions Camp will learn that they can know God and have a relationship with Him," Cindy Bradley, Children in Action Missions Camp coordinator, said in a statement.

"In addition to Bible studies, children will visit with missionaries representing both the International Mission Board and the North American Mission Board."

Speakers at the event include North American Mission Board Midwest Region Vice President Gary Frost, Green Acres Baptist Church Pastor David Dykes, First Baptist Church Pastor John Meador, and LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom Rainer.

SBC will also elect a new president at the meeting, as Pastor Fred Luter's two-year term has come to an end. In an interview published last week, Pastor Luter—the first African-American SBC president—gave advice to the yet unnamed president-elect.

"If at all possible, make a commitment to preach in your pulpit on Sunday mornings," he told Baptist Press.

"Your church members will understand your being gone during the week however they want to hear their pastor on Sunday mornings."

The SBC Annual Meeting 2014 is June 10-11 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.