New Baptist Covenant II to unite Baptists personally and virtually
By Greg Warner | September 24, 2011
ATLANTA (ABP) -- In about two months, Baptists of many stripes will gather simultaneously in dozens of cities across the country for a unique virtual meeting, during which they will not only worship and learn but spread out to work in their local communities.
The occasion is New Baptist Covenant II, a three-day gathering being planned by Baptists from a number of different denominations and ethnic backgrounds.
The Nov. 17-19 meeting is a follow-up to the first New Baptist Covenant, a historic 2008 meeting of 15,000 Baptists at a central location in Atlanta, which brought together Baptists from 40 different denominations and groups for the first time ever -- Caucasians, Asians, African-Americans, Hispanics.
Rather than use air and ground transportation to bring the Baptists together this time, participants will rely on communication technology to traverse the miles. Most participants will gather at one of eight viewing locations that are linked by satellite feeds. Many more people will watch in smaller church-based gatherings via Internet video streaming.
As many as 30,000 to 35,000 Baptists could participate in the November event -- more than twice as many as gathered in Atlanta in 2008, said Philadelphia pastor William Shaw, one of two national co-chairs for the event (click here for a list of locations: http://newbaptistcovenant.org/locations/)
“It was challenging and affirming when we gathered in Atlanta a couple years ago to seek and affirm our common purpose in Jesus Christ,” said Shaw, former president of the National Baptist Convention, USA. “Now we want to do it again, not in one place but in many places, and those places are closer to home...”
[St. Luke Memorial Baptist Church will be one of the Host Churches where Rev. Dr. Jimmy Brown, is Senior Pastor and also President of the Missouri Missionary Baptist State Convention and Vice President, Mid-West Region of the NBC, USA, Inc.]
Other details about NBC II are being published at www.newbaptistcovenant.org and in an e-mail newsletter available through the website.
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