The 138th annual Tennessee Baptist Convention begins Tuesday at Faith Baptist Church in Bartlett.
The theme of the two-day meeting is “Exalting Jesus Through Shared Vision.”
Danny Sinquefield, Faith Baptist pastor, is serving as chairman of the Vision Team, which will present its final report during the meeting. The team was authorized two years ago in Knoxville.
Sinquefield told the Tennessee Baptist & Reflector that the report “will celebrate and affirm our historic partnerships” while “refocusing our ministry and missions priorities around the lostness in Tennessee and around the world.”
The report recommends affirming the Baptist Faith and Message (2000).
It recommends allocating no less than 50 percent of Cooperative Program receipts to the Southern Baptist Convention, beginning with the 2013-14 budget year.
It also recommends that the TBC “respectfully request that each church consider increasing their support of the Cooperative Program making this a significant part of their church’s mission giving strategy as we partner together in fulfilling the Great Commission.”
Jim Collier, pastor of Kirby Woods Baptist Church in Memphis, will present “A Shared Vision for the Church” Tuesday evening.
TBC President Fred Shackelford, pastor of Springhill Baptist Church is Paris, will deliver “A Shared Vision for the Leadership” during the worship time Wednesday. Shackelford was raised in two Memphis churches — Oakhaven Baptist and Ridgeway Baptist.
New officers will be elected Tuesday.
Dean Haun, pastor of First Baptist Church in Morristown, who was elected TBC vice president last year, is expected to be the only candidate for president.
Michael Ellis, pastor of Impact Baptist Church in Frayser, is expected to be nominated for vice president.
Convention messengers also will consider a missions partnership with International Mission Board missionaries serving in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The five-year partnership would begin Jan. 1, 2014.
Registration will be held noon-8 p.m. Monday; 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday and 8-11 a.m. Wednesday. For more information visit tnbaptist.org.