Plans for the 2022 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Anaheim are in full swing, with meeting schedules, nominations and other news released just this week. Here are 5 recent headlines:
The 2022 SBC Annual Meeting will convene at the Anaheim Convention Center Tues., June 14, at 8 a.m. and adjourn at 5 p.m. Wed., June 15, according to the official schedule for the meeting released Tuesday (March 22).
The theme for this year’s meeting is “Jesus, the center of it all.”
Steve Bates, chair of the Committee on Order of Business and member of First Baptist Church of Winnfield, Louisiana, said the program will be organized around three topics of interest to messengers:
The program includes time for a presentation by the Sexual Abuse Task Force, whose report is expected to be released in May. The task force was established by messengers to the 2021 meeting to address accusations that the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee mishandled sexual abuse claims. (Read more about Guidepost’s work here.)
“Our committee and [SBC] President [Ed] Litton worked with the Sexual Abuse Task Force to ensure that adequate time was allotted for the Task Force report and their recommendations,” Bates said. “We also recognized the importance of allowing messengers time to respond, which is why we set aside a full hour on the program followed by a time of prayer and worship.”
Click here to see the full program for the 2022 Annual Meeting.
Messenger pre-registration and childcare registration for the 2022 Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting June 14–15 is open at sbcannualmeeting.net.
The State of California announced March 18 that COVID-19 guidelines for indoor mega-events will be relaxed effective April 1, and attendees of the SBC Annual Meeting will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative test prior to admission.
Registration confirmation for the Annual Meeting allows purchase of up to six tickets for Disneyland and California Adventure through a designated portal. Tickets are now on sale, and the usage window begins Thurs., June 9, and goes through Mon., June. 20. The ticket store will close at 9 p.m., PDT on Sat., June 11.
Three individuals have announced their intentions to be nominated for SBC president as of March 23.
Florida pastor Willy Rice announced March 2 that he plans to accept a nomination for president. Clint Pressley, pastor of Hickory Grove Baptist in Charlotte, North Carolina, will nominate Rice.