Delegates from our church attended the 2017 SDB General Conference meetings in Azusa, CA held July 23-30, 2017. The theme was “Life On Mission” led by Conference President Patti Wethington. It was a week filled with a variety of activities including daily Bible Studies, evening worship services, featured guest speakers, workshops, women’s and youth banquets, denominational business, acceptance of 3 new churches into membership, interest committee meetings, choir & special music, testimonies, and more!
The evening services and guest speaker presentations were live-streamed throughout the week so those not in attendance could participate. You can access these recorded messages along with photos from the week at the SDB denominational website (seventhdaybaptist.org).
Our church’s branch church in Puerto Rico was one of three new churches accepted into membership of the SDB General Conference (USA & Canada). Delegates Judith and Joel Houts attended to accept on behalf of their new church!
Dean and Susie Fox were the other two delegates from our church attending the week long Conference. When asked about some of their favorite parts of the week, Dean said, “I really enjoyed the daily Bible Studies led by Carl Greene on Ephesians 1-4. His stories and visual aids made a lot of great points and entertaining as well!” Susie Fox added, “I really enjoyed the outside speaker for the Women’s Banquet and workshop, Emily Klotz. Her testimony really gave glory to God!”
The new theme for the coming year was unveiled Saturday night by the incoming Conference President Dave Stall. It is “Less Talk, More Action”. We were challenged to take action throughout the year, not just talk about what we should do! Next year’s General Conference sessions will be held July 29-August 4, 2018 at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI.
Here are a few picture highlights from the week: (see more photos on the SDB website)