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The speaker for the Pastors' Wives Luncheon is Vicki Munton, wife of pastor Doug Munton of First Baptist Church of O'Fallon. The all-morning event on Wednesday, Nov. 2, starts with a coffee fellowship at 8:30 a.m. The program begins at 9 a.m. and after a meal, concludes at noon. RSVP is requested right away to organizer Lindsay McDonald of FBC Casey (lmcdonald_31@ Tickets are $15. Please make a check payable to IBSA Pastors' Wives and mail to Stevi Smith, 1302 W. Robinson St., Harrisburg, IL 62946. Other groups meeting during the three- day gathering are the Young Leaders Net- work, Church Planters, and Associational Directors of Missions and Moderators. Information about those meetings is online at IBSAAnnual 3 October 24, 2016 THE TICKER Follow the latest Illinois Baptist news NEWS Chicago Final preparations are under way for the 110th IBSA Annual Meeting November 2-3. The event at Broadview Missionary Baptist Church in metro Chicago will focus on cross-culture ministry opportunities in Illinois. The keynote speaker will be Dr. JeffIorg, president of Gateway Seminary of the SBC, called Golden Gate Seminary prior to its relocation from the San Francisco Bay Area to metro Los An- feles this year. Dr. Iorg is among the most com- pelling, thoughtful, and missional voices in Southern Baptist life today, es- pecially when it comes to understanding post-Christian culture in America, said IBSA Executive Director Nate Adams . Im so frateful that he is leading our West Coast seminary into the future, where pastors and leaders will en- fage values and cultures that are already very differ- ent from those of the past century. Iorg is a former church planter and state conven- tion executive director in the Pacific Northwest. As a leader of Southern Baptist work on the West Coast, Iorg has addressed many of the cultural challeng- es now facing evangelicals in the Midwest. He has written frequently on theological and biblical per- spectives on marriage, sexuality, and gender. His book Building Antioch shows from the New Testament how an ordinary believing con- fregation can become a transformational community. Illinois Baptists will come away from Dr. Iorgs messages challenged and transformed, Im sure, Adams said. The Wednesday evening session, includ- ing Iorg, will focus on a four-phase process for engaging ministry across cultural barri- ers. Adams will outline the plan and share testimonies and videos of Illinois churches carrying the gospel to people unlike themselves. My own recent trips to Chicago have reminded me again how diverse our churches are, and even more so how varied and challenging are the cultures that our churches need to reach, Adams said. I hope this years Annual Meeting will bring to all of us a new vision and higher level of commitment to cross culture with the gospel. IBSA President Kevin Carrothers , pastor of Rochester First Baptist Church and Vice President Adron Robinson , pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Country Club Hills, will also bring mes- sages. In addition to the session on the variety of minis- try opportunities in Illinois, the meeting will include two business sessions on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning. Vision tours of Chicago-area ministry opportunities are available. Seating is lim- ited, so online registration is encouraged. IBSA Annual Meeting Leaders to address multi-cultural challenges Missions opportunities to highlight gathering in Metro Chicago IORG also meeting at broadview Invigorating preaching expected The Young Leaders Network will meet Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 9 p.m., following the evening session of the Pastors' Conference. Mark Mohler, pastor of Second Baptist Church of Marion, will lead a panel discussion and a late-night nosh of wings 'n' things. MUNTON People who have nothing in common can find much in common in Jesus Christ. That's the focus of the meeting that pre- cedes the IBSA Annual Meeting. There is a great divide in our country especially in the areas of politics, race, and even in many of our churches, said David Sutton, president and organizer of the IBSA Pastors' Conference. That is why I am very excited about this year's Pastors' Conference. I believe God has called us together for such a time as this. We have some great servants of God who will help us address today's social issues from a biblical perspective. Featured speakers are Jacksonville, Florida pastor H.B. Charles, Jr., former SBC President Fred Luter of New Or- leans, and two well-known Illinois pastors, Scott Nichols and Jonathan Peters. The speakers will focus on reconciliation from 2 Corinthians 5:14-21. The pastors' meeting will include breakout sessions on cross-cultural relationships, evangelism strategies, and more. The conference opens on Tuesday, November 1 at 1:30 p.m. A full schedule is available at Vicki Munton to address Pastors' Wives MOHLER Young Leaders to meet, eat, discuss November 2-3 November 1-2

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