It was early December in 2011 when news broke about a Free Will Baptist Church in Kentucky that banned inter-racial couples from becoming members of their church. The firestorm that erupted in the national media left many of us asking questions about how this could have happened and what we can do about it. That decision was over-turned soon after, and now is a good time for up and coming Free Will Baptist leaders to glean from the wisdom of others on this issue. How does the gospel impact racism?
As of this summer, there will be 18 missionary families from Free Will Baptist International Missions that are unable to minister in their fields because of a lack of funding. This is another vital issue that is worthy of attention and discussion. What do young Free Will Baptists need to do to help remedy this? And most importantly, how does the gospel change us and our view of personal comfort and world evangelism?
It is these two issues that the panelists will be discussing. The unique thing is, you help shape the conversation by asking the questions.
Dr. Garnett Reid–Bible professor at Free Will Baptist Bible College
Dr. Janice Banks–Christian Ministries director at Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College
Danny Elliott–missionary to Quebec, Canada
Clint Morgan–Director of Free Will Baptist International Missions
Calvin Lewis–pastor from the Western Division of Free Will Baptists
Gowdy Cannon–bi-lingual pastor of Northwest Community Church in Chicago
The panelists will discuss questions submitted via Twitter using the hashtag #fwb21. The majority of questions asked will be from Twitter, with Tommy Swindol moderating.
- When is it? The panel is on July 16 at 9pm in Memphis, TN, in conjunction with the NAFWB Convention.
- Does it cost anything to attend? No, it’s absolutely free. You don’t need a ticket or anything. Simply show up. (You do have to register for the NAFWB Convention in order to attend, however. You can do that for free, here.)
- Will the panel be live-streamed? Yes, fwbmedia.com will be live-streaming the panel. Follow @fwb21 on Twitter closer to the event for the URL.
- Can I ask a question for the panelists? Yes, you can ask a question via Twitter during the panel by using the #fwb21 hashtag. Don’t have a Twitter account? Sign up for one at twitter.com, or find a friend who will ask questions for you.
- Can I come if I’m no longer in my 20′s? Yes, you may. And bring a friend.
- Where will the panel be held? In the Memphis Cook Convention Center, room L5-7. Look for the signs throughout the Convention Center.