9Marks, B21, Connect316 among events for SBC attendees

ST. LOUIS (BP) -- Several Christian ministries -- including 9Marks, B21, Connect316 and others -- will offer events on topics ranging from the future of the Cooperative Program to the state of discipleship and evangelism in the Southern Baptist Convention for messengers and others attending the SBC's June 14-15 annual meeting in St. Louis.

Among them:

-- 9Marks, a ministry to help pastors grow healthy churches, will hold panel discussions Monday and Tuesday, June 13-14, from 9-11 p.m. in rooms 222-227 of America's Center. The June 13 discussion, co-hosted by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, will focus on how pastors and churches can respond to cultural and ethical challenges. The event will feature ERLC President Russell Moore; ERLC executive vice president Phillip Bethancourt; 9Marks editorial director Jonathan Leeman; and Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., and co-founder of the 9Marks ministry. The June 14 discussion will focus on the current state of the SBC and will feature Dever; Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary President Daniel Akin; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr.; International Mission Board President David Platt; and H.B. Charles, pastor of Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla. Admission is free.

-- Baptist21 (B21) will host a June 14 luncheon and panel discussion on "pressing issues facing the church and key issues in our denomination," according to the group's website. The gathering will convene during the SBC annual meeting's lunch break in America's Center rooms 222-227. Panelists will be David Platt, president of the International Mission Board; Matt Chandler, pastor of The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas; R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Daniel Akin, president of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission; and J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C. Registration at www.BaptistTwentyOne.com is $10 through May 14 and $15 thereafter. B21 was founded by younger Southern Baptists to address issues relevant to Southern Baptists in the 21st century.

-- Connect316 will host a dinner June 14 from 5-6:30 p.m. in America's Center rooms 220-221. Messages on "The Gospel for Everyone" will be delivered by Braxton Hunter, president of Trinity Seminary in Newburgh, Ind.; Blake Newsom, dean of chapel and assistant professor of expository preaching at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; and David Allen, dean of the School of Theology and professor of preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Tickets are $25, with registration online at Connect316.net. According to the group's website, Connect316 is a ministry fellowship that affirms a doctrine of salvation between that of Calvinism and Arminianism, holding that Christ died for the sins of every person.

-- The Fellowship of Baptist World Ministries will host a breakfast June 13 from 7-8:30 a.m. in the Hawthorne Meeting Room of the Marriott St. Louis Grand. A representative of the International Mission Board will speak on global missions. For ticket information, email Rodney Cavett, the organization's president, at rodneyc@ic-world.org. The Fellowship of Baptist World Ministries is an association of mission organizations who work in covenant with the IMB to conduct evangelism and discipleship throughout the world.

-- Replicate Ministries will host a breakfast June 14 from 6:30-8 a.m. in The Dome at America's Center. A panel discussion will center on "The Evangelism Dilemma: Why Evangelism is Not Enough to Fulfill the Great Commission." Panelists will include International Mission Board President David Platt; J.D. Greear, pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; Steve Gaines, pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Cordova, Tenn.; Johnny Hunt, pastor of First Baptist Church in Woodstock, Ga.; and Robby Gallaty, pastor of Long Hollow Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., and founder of Replicate Ministries. Tickets are $15 with online registration at replicateministries.org. Replicate Ministries seeks "to equip and train men and women to be disciples who make disciples," according to the group's website.

Compiled by David Roach, chief national correspondent for Baptist Press, the Southern Baptist Convention's news service. BP reports on missions, ministry and witness advanced through the Cooperative Program and on news related to Southern Baptists' concerns nationally and globally.
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