A more compact meeting schedule will mark the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting when the group gets together in Phoenix, June 14–15 at the Phoenix Convention Center.
In January, the SBC's Committee on Order of Business announced significant changes in the annual meeting schedule, including holding fewer business sessions, no night sessions, but two missionary appointment services. Bryant Wright, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said in a recent Baptist Press news report that the changes will allow a greater focus on “Great Commission” activities that will fulfill the organization’s challenge of bringing more people into SBC churches, as well as create more time for fellowship at the meeting.
“We're going to go a little longer in the afternoon so people can have the evening free for fellowship with friends,” Wright said in the article. Wright also encouraged convention-goers to dress business-casual. “It will look kind of strange on the streets of Phoenix for people to be walking around in coats and ties in 110-degree heat," Wright said.
A broad range of auxiliary activities also will be held, from Crossover 2011 evangelistic outreach events to the SBC’s annual Pastors' Conference and the Woman's Missionary Union annual meeting and missions celebration.