Welcome Messengers to SBC 2012

by Thom Rainer on Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Thom Rainer

Welcome to New Orleans and to the 2012 annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention!

I trust you have been praying for this week and are already experiencing a great convention filled with worship, prayer, fellowship and celebration for what God is doing among the churches of our denomination.

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This special Facts and Trends is designed for this week's meetings. God is doing amazing things at LifeWay; you'll read about some of these projects and ministries in the following pages.

One of the newest endeavors is The Gospel Project (TGP), LifeWay's first new Bible study series for adults, students and children in more than 10 years. This three-year, in-depth study will be available this fall, but more than 9,000 churches already have ordered sample lessons at GospelProject.com. You can learn more during the LifeWay report Tuesday morning or by visiting The Gospel Project booth in the LifeWay exhibit.

While you're in the exhibit hall, please explore the rest of the LifeWay exhibit. From B&H Publishing Group, church consulting services and Digital Church initiatives, to LifeWay Research and the LifeWay bookstore - the LifeWay team at the SBC is here to discover how we can better serve you, your family and your church through our commitment to providing biblical solutions for life.

Thom Rainer is president ant CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of 22 books, including Simple Life, Simple Church, Raising Dad, and Essential Church. His latest book is Transformational Church, co-authored with Ed Stetzer. Rainer previously served as dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.

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