We greet you in the name of our Christ. It’s always a great honor to greet our National Convention Family.
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you”. (Philippians 1:3)
First, I want to express my gratitude for the tremendous participation at our Annual Board Meeting and Institute held in February in Pensacola, Florida. A massive turnout of Primitive Baptists from coast to coast witnessed the historic investiture of the 13th President and the Installation of Officers of the National Primitive Baptist Convention for the next three years.
Again, I am humbled to be able to: 1) serve the only church I’ve ever been a member of; 2) be surrounded and supported by capable leaders who represent God’s best; and, 3) have the privilege to make a great Convention even greater.
At the writing of this VisionWatch, we are approximately 80 days away from our 105th Annual Session of the National Primitive Baptist Convention. Fresh from a momentous 104th session in Greensboro, North Carolina, our hearts are set steadfastly toward Dearborn, Michigan.
It is my happy privilege as the 13th President of our National Primitive Baptist Convention to call together all Primitive Baptists from throughout the length and breath of our nation–from all 18 states–from the Atlantic to the Pacific– “from sea to shining sea,” to meet together in Dearborn at the Hyatt Regency on August 19-24, 2012.
We shall gather under the mandate of our theme for 2012: Celebrating the Church —
Founded, Faithful, Focused and on Fire! (Matthew 16:13-19; 28:18-20; Acts 2:1-3)
We need every member, church, pastor, elder, leader, association, state, region–large or small. Everybody is worthy, wanted, and welcome.
As we gather together, “it is desired not only that the Lord would meet us there, but that He would also beat us there and greet us there.” Our Convention Arrangement Committee is working to make sure that our accommodations would be favorable. Our hosting committee, led by Elder Dr. Larry Tatum, Midwestern Regional Vice President, and Elder Leland Russell, Moderator of Chicago River Association, is working to make sure we are hosted with a spirit of excellence. It is our prayer that we would turn out in Dearborn in record numbers. And so, as we set our sights toward Dearborn, I call your attention to the following directives:
We want to thank all those who participated as our Convention joined our President, Barack Obama and our nation in prayer. Our Regional Vice Presidents led our conference call prayer groups as thousands of God’s people poured their hearts out in prayer for various and sundry needs. We invite you to join us again in the 7th month and fourteenth day (July 14, 2012) as we once again come together in corporate prayer. Further information is forthcoming.
Every effort is being made to fine tune our financial responsibilities as a Convention. I’m asking that all of us would do our very best in our registration with our convention and its auxiliaries. All forms and updated information are being prepared so that we will be able to register without difficulty. In view of our present financial picture, it is important that all of our auxiliary leaders assist us in cutting costs which would include:
- eliminating any excessive spending
- downsizing non-essential staff
- budget cuts where we can
Because of the overwhelming financial support in our mid-winter board meeting, which resulted in our convention being able to meet some definite needs, I am asking our Convention to bring to Dearborn, Michigan, “a sacrificial gift” over and above your regular registration. Over and above your regular registration means that registration takes precedenceover any sacrificial gift. By faith I am setting our financial goal for our 105th session at $300,000. Our bottom line figure that we raised last year was $200,546.16. Through our registration, sacrificial gifts and offerings, we hope to accomplish this goal. Our faithful giving would enable our Convention to move closer again to financial solvency. “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” (II Corinthians 9:8) Sacrificial gift envelopes will be available at registration or you may give your gift at the opening session of the convention on Wednesday, August 22, 2012. I’m encouraging members, churches, associations, elders, pastors, all God’s children to bring a sacrifice gift (over and above our regular registration). The more we have, the more we’re able to do for the Kingdom.
- Our new Convention website is expected to be up and running in the month of June. Much of the information that will be needed to prepare us for the upcoming session and beyond will be provided through the convenience of our new convention website (npbcconvention.org).
- Finally, our prayer is that the favor of God would rest upon your life.
I look forward to seeing everyone in Dearborn, MI, for the 105th session!